Wrapping Up Holga Week at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
At Cache La Poudre, Colorado
Cache La Poudre, Colorado
Also at the Lafayette Library. They used to sponsor a very nice Pinhole Day event……
Holga Week Officially Starts Today for Postings. None of mine this year were very spectacular. But I will share them here starting on Sunday………
I’ve realized that I had several Fisheye lens/camera set ups. My First was a Zenitar Fisheye for my 35 mm Minolta Family:
Minolta Zenitar Redwoods:
Next I acquired a Lomo Fisheye:
Then a Fisheye attachment for the Holga. My First Emulsive Secret Santa Gift:
Next A Fisheye Lens for My Diana:
Wow this is out of control right? So I thought about “Rewarding” myself with a Mamiya 645 fish eye lens after recovering from a recent illness. The price though, was daunting (~$1200) and I thought about how little I actually use any of my other Fisheye Lenses. Then I became aware of the Arsat Zodiak-8 Fisheye, and picked one up for $120. In fact I bought two cameras and two lenses for the cost of the most expensive M645 Fisheye listing ($1800).
So, now for the first results from the Arsat with comparisons to my 35 mm Fisheye:
Chapel on the Rock: 645 Arsat Fisheye, Peak to Peak Highway
Above: I call this one the “Tree on the Rock” also Peak to Peak Highway.
Now from some side by side comparisons to my 35 mm Zenitar Fisheye )left B&W is 645; right color is 35 mm): These were taken from the same tripod position.
If you are old enough to remember, the 1970’s were a Fisheye crazed time. Even the original Hawaii 5-0 had a fisheye view of a landing plane in its Intro. But, I haven’t answered my question yet: Why Fisheye? Well, just for the fun of it!
Post Script: I haven’t forgotten 9/11, I’m just not going to support the politicization of it. I will Always Honor those who died.
You can follow The Littlest Holga on Twitter (@Littlest_Holga). Probably the most successful thing I’ve ever done with on-line photography was sending a Purple Fluorescent Holga to @Givemeabiscuit (on Twitter) as part of my first EMULSIVE Secret Santa. Half serious and half a joke, Holga was at that time going out of business. So I thought it would be a good gift.
Now Littlest Holga travels the world making fun and fabulous images. Holga was my introduction to medium format during an Experimental Photography class in Monterey. I was so inspired by Holga that I chose to use it for my first 6 months of the 52 Rolls Project. So here are a few of my recent Holga Favorites…..
And Early Holgas from that Experimental Photography Class:
And an image made using the Fisheye lens gift that I received from my first Secret Santa…….
And Below….My Holga Panorama Pinhole……..
You won’t find my Don Anderson listed online. He died recently and his website has been taken down. Too Bad, because as my Instructor for Experimental Methods and Alternative Processes at Monterey Peninsula College, He was a huge influence. I was introduce to photographic concepts I would never have tried on my own.
So let me show some examples of techniques I never would have tried without Don Anderson:
Cyanotypes & Van Dykes:
Experimental Developing Methods:
Crappy Cameras, Holga & Diana:
The most important thing that I learned was, that even if these are not methods you will focus on, the exposure to these methods will have a positive influence on your Mainstream Photography.
Are You Ready?
A favorite Holga Pinhole from Pinhole Day 2016