Category Archives: general photography

School at night – 3

Last one of these. I was completely surprised as to how the colors turned out here. Again using Provia 400 on my Canon AE-1 Program. I seem to remember the sky being a bit more pink-gold than whatever you might call this, but I fell in love with the symmetry when I was walking up to the Science building for class one night and snapped this one. 17

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4th of July

So this tells you how often I get my film developed. We don’t have anyone nearby that does it besides grocery stores and I don’t really trust my film there after getting back some bad stuff from Costco. So, here’s from the Arlington 4th of July Parade…

Arlington July 4th Parade Old Fire Engine

This is my first from a roll of Superia. It’s a pretty cheap roll of film and accessible at most pharmacies/grocery/retail type stores that still carry 35mm. I wanted to try it out because of that fact, and I really enjoy the softness that I’m seeing with it, as well as the pastel-ish(?) colors that it features. I’ll probably grab more of this in the future. More shots to come. All taken on my Canon AE-1 Program, all with the 50mm 1.8 prime lens.

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My first attempts with a Holga

So, here are a few of the results from my first attempt with my Holga. If you aren’t familiar with what a Holga is, start here. It’s basically just a cheap plastic camera that shoots medium format (120) film. The images are of pretty terrible quality, the cameras are prone to things like light leaks and scratching your film, and there are no real settings to use other than bright/not so bright and kinda close/not so close/far away. So why use it?

Well, I know that a lot of film schools will hand these out to beginning students. Since you can’t really use any settings or adjust for exposure and such (like you can with an SLR or DSLR) you focus primarily on composition and subject matter. For me, using a Holga forces me to slow way down in order to frame the shot properly, make sure the lens cap is off (something I forget to do way too often) and leave the rest up to the camera. There’s no way to tell what type of effects you’ll have with your Holga, because they’re all plastic. Each one is going to give you a little different effect on your film each time you use it. You can also do some fun double exposures with these cameras too.

Here are a few of the ones that turned out from my first two rolls: