I own a 35mm back for my Holga 120 CFN, so one day I loaded it up with some Lomography Slide/X-Pro 200 ISO film and headed to Burnsland Cemetery. Unfortunately, I had a little mishap while I was taking photos. The back cover fell off my Holga and completely exposed the film. I tried my best to get the cover back on fast, but the damage was already done. I learned my lesson that day. Now I tape up my Holga. I tape the cover on and I tape the bulb switch too (I had a mishap with that as well). Sadly I don’t get any small light leaks anymore, but at least nothing catastrophic happens.
Below are the three frames that received ‘an extra helping of light’. I had this roll developed at The Darkroom and how they managed to pull an image off the negative, I will never know. I’ve tried on my own using my Epson Perfection V600 scanner, but I can’t get a usable image. Kudos to The Darkroom!
Sad news this week: the Holga has been discontinued. They won’t be making this iconic camera anymore. Some are happy to see its demise, but they are missing the point. The Holga is beloved because of its light leaks and vignetting. It’s not a DSLR. It’s a plastic toy camera. You can do things with a Holga that would take ages in Photoshop to reproduce. And at the end of the day, who wants to sit inside at a computer when you could be outside developing your photography skills? Not me.
These shots of buildings in downtown Calgary were taken from Central Memorial Park.
I had originally shot these for Holga Week, but never got around to developing the roll in time. These were shot in Calgary’s Central Memorial Park on a roll of expired Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 film. The park honours all those who served for Canada in various wars. I thought I would share these since today is Remembrance Day.
These are from my very first roll of 120 film shot with a Holga 120 CFN. First I watched a YouTube video on how to load a Holga, then I painstakingly loaded my Holga with a roll of Lomography Color 400 film, taped up the body of the Holga to prevent light leaks, and headed to Fish Creek Park. It was a cold and wintery March in 2014. I took three cameras with me that day, so I’ll eventually post similar looking photos of the same things. I love my Holga and its soft focus and vignetting in the corners.