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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Holga - 1st Roll of Film

It has been 8 years since I last shot a roll of film. Before digital cameras, I was rocking my simple Fuji Nexia Q1 recording my high school years. I would keep clicking until my roll ran out and bring it to Costco to process. An hour later, I would have the pictures in hand and enjoyed looking at each one of my pictures over and over again. I was by no means camera savvy. I just loved to document my life in photos.

As you may have noticed, H is the main photographer in our family. I do the behind the scene work - editing. I know very little about photography and the functions on a digital DLR. Over the years I have learned to click and hope that the picture is in focus. I don't mess with the settings and occasionally I will get a pretty awesome shot. More likely they end up being not so great.

A few months ago I was at Urban Outfitters with $30 credit. All clearance items were an additional 50% off, and I scored a Holga 120n with flash for only $20. Score! H bought me some film, and I slowly started clicking away. I'll admit that I was scared. I only had 12 chances for a decent photo from a single roll, and it took me a few months to complete. I'm stupid and did absolutely no research. As a result, only 7 of the 12 images were printable. The rest were underexposed and shot indoors. Lesson learned. Use flash!

The following images were sent to Cameras Etc. and developed locally. Woot!

Classic Baby E -- hat, booties, bib, hand knit sweater from Linda, and chillin' in his stroller surrounded by leaves

Raking Leaves 
H and Baby E in font of the house

Father & Son 
father & son -- adorable!

Elliot Surrounded by Leaves 
getting ready for an adventure with mommy & daddy

not so awesome out of focus shot of Baby E in the car

under exposed shot of my ceramic Christmas tree

Outside Perkins at UD
outside of Perkins Student Center on campus

While they are not the best shots ever taken in the history of photography, I think they turned out somewhat decent. Remember I am a total amateur. Seeing the results and actually having to wait for the pictures to develop makes the whole process so rewarding. Film photos have such a classic appeal to them that digital cannot capture. I am looking forward to using my next roll of film and experimenting some more.

P.S. I think H was a wee bit jealous. A few weeks later he purchased a Yashica Mat 124 G off of eBay.  He shot in black and white, and his camera requires more technicalities than my simple toy camera. His film is still being processed and will hopefully come in on Friday. We're looking forward to it!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


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