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Here's another experiment I forgot to post about. Just simple "Holgarama" shots, where you don't quite wind the film far enough, so the frames overlap. I took these shots standing in the same spot and just rotating my angle of view about 45 degrees for each frame.






In that last frame, a piece of yarn I keep attached to my lens got in the shot (it was windy). Which reminds me of another fun Holga experiment...

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Holga macros!


I don't have a picture of it, but you can get what's called a step-up ring that'll screw into your Holga lens. A step-up ring is an adapter than lets you attach filters that aren't the correct size for your lens. So with the right step up ring and some macro filters, you can take Holga macros. I'm using a 46mm-52mm step up ring, which allows me to put 52mm lens attachments on it.


I have a set of macro filters (don't remember where I picked them up) and I shot a test roll with different combinations of them on the camera to figure out what the focal distance would be, and which combination I liked best. Here's an example of one of the test shots:




Those pieces of paper are attached to a ruler, so the focal distance is about 6 inches. I also included a note in the shot of which macro combo I was using so I'd know. (No. 2 & No. 4.)


I tied a piece of yarn around my lens that is 6 inches long. So when I use the macro filters, I stretch the yarn out and know what will be in focus. Here are a couple macro shots.










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Yeah you should! The Holga is great for experimenting. I should add none of these ideas were original, my brother showed me the yarn trick.


I think after I move I'm gonna try dry plate photography in the Holga. Should be interesting. I'll either make my own emulsion or buy some, not sure yet.

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I've moved to Utah and I'm pretty housebound by the heat. So I got bored and decided to try making my own macro lens just for fun. I used this web page as a guide:




Here are the parts I used:




Right to left, basically:


I took a 2X tele converter, a Canon body cap that someone gave me to use as a pinhole (but the hole is pretty big, probably more than 1/8th inch wide), two close up macro filters that I put together so they'd be shaped like this (), a polarizer filter was in there too but I don't remember why, haha. Most of it was held together with masking tape (the kind that's not super sticky, like for painting use):












The tricky part was getting the subject in focus. I had to move the camera to get it in focus, because I didn't have any way to move the lens closer or further from the camera body. And the viewfinder was kinda dark thanks to the small aperture. But I wanted to not have the glow you see in the examples from the how-to link.

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My latest experiment--a homemade pinhole. Pretty standard.


What I started with: a box of birthday candles.




I opened up the box completely and colored the interior all black. I also removed the plastic covering over the hole.




I got some brass shims from a hardware store--that and the electrical tape were the only things I had to buy. The shims are super thin pieces of brass that I could easily poke a hole in with a sewing pin, and cut with scissors to have it fit inside the box.







I taped the pinhole to the center of the box (roughly) and then taped the box up completely with electrical tape. This is the finished camera.





I put two slits along the sides of the box for the film to fit through. The box is wide enough that it's hard to get the film to go in one side and out the other, so I used a piece of flat cardboard (like from a paper tablet) to thread the film through the box. (Taped the film to the threader and stuck it through the box.)


I used reloadable film cannisters to store the film in, securely taped with electrical tape to the camera to prevent light leaks. I wound it using a little manicure tool that is long, thin, and basically flat. I drew an arrow on it so I'd remember which way the film needed to be wound.




This is a wood carving my dad made from a self-portrait I drew when I was small. This was roughly an hour exposure, in very dim light--I think the white spot/line is from a light glare traveling across something as the sun came up?





This is a card a friend sent me on my desk. A few minutes exposure.





Spongebob in my bathroom--probably about 10-15 minute exposure.



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I did a double exposure with slide film, one exposure being redscale, one not. I underexposed the redscale too much though and it barely shows:




I have other rolls I still need to develop.


I've also done some double exposure exchanges with Flickr contacts, where I shoot the roll once and then send it to someone who shoots it again.






I also tried doing camera obscura in my house, but my backyard is pretty boring, so nothing very interesting got projected on my wall. I put the RR sign out there just so there'd actually be something in my yard.




I also tried putting a pinhole over my digital camera (a Nikon 1). I liked the results best where there was all kinds of light leaks:




Once I had it taped up good it wasn't as cool.


Another experiment I'm working on now is modifying an old box camera to use 2.25x3.25 sheet film. I kinda ran out of steam on it, maybe this thread will get me going again.

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I got bored and made another pinhole camera. This time I used a pinhole I got via ebay, it's machined, so it's perfect. I used a soap box for the camera:




Only one frame from a test roll came out--didn't expose long enough for most of them. Here it is--some books on a shelf and a Viewmaster:




I've almost finished off a second roll of film in it and will post anything that came out that's interesting.

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