First outing with my new Holga 120GCFN

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As all of you know by now, Holga closed it’s doors last November. Not only did they close their doors, they also destroyed the tooling for the cameras and didn’t bother selling anything. This was very sad news to me, since the Holga is how I jumped into the wide, beautiful, world of film photography.

As soon as I heard the news I jumped online and purchased a new one, since I knew everyone else would be doing the same. I’d been wanting a glass lens one for a long time and was lucky enough to find one that also included a funky flash with gel filters! I’m so glad I jumped on this when I did because Amazon sold out of Holgas that day.

I finally developed my first roll through the new camera! Here are the shots from that roll. They were all made around my small town during a lunch break and walking to work. I used Tri-x.

The Junker Building

The Junker Building

Antfarm

Antfarm

America

America

A Red Hydrant

A Red Hydrant

The tree in the front yard

The Tree In The Front Yard

My walk to Work

My Walk To Work

I also bought some fun accessories, one of them being a selfie lens. ­čÖé

An Honest Selfie

An Honest Selfie.

 

I am very pleased with the results from this camera.

I ended up buying another one “just in case.” So my Holga story continues…

Whack-A-Mole

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Whac-a-mole

Here is another Holga shot from the last roll I ran through it. I took it at the Oregon State Fair last September.

I am reminded that I haven’t picked up a camera in weeks. WEEKS! This is terrible. I need to pick up a camera.

Currently I am scanning a roll that I shot through my Olympus Pen and, honestly, it is killing me. All of those photos! I need to just bite the bullet and finish the job.

Thank you to those who read my last post. I wrote it when I was not in the best state of mind, but I kind of wanted to do that. I wanted to document the fear that I was feeling. I am trying to be better about just sitting with my feelings and emotions, rather than reacting. It’s very hard for me to do. It’s a process. I so appreciate the support and good thoughts! Thank you.

I’ve got a peaceful, easy feeling

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The desert. I promised I would write about the desert.

A couple of months ago I visited my Dad and stepmother at their new winter home in Needles California. Needles is on the border of California and Arizona, located in the Mojave Desert. I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I grew up in Spokane, WA, which is on the edge of a desert, and we drove through it on our way to other places. So my experience with the desert is limited to the High Desert of Eastern Washington.

I was delighted to finally visit this part of the country. I’ve never been to Arizona. I had an interesting reaction to this place. I felt very at-home here. It surprised me, frankly. I am not a hot-weather person. Physically, I don’t do well in anything above 80 degrees. But the heat didn’t bother me on this trip. I was really entranced by the place. It’s stunning in it’s stark beauty. The emptiness calmed me, made me feel at peace.

The history is interesting as well. Needles is on Route 66 and was once a very thriving town. The town has fallen into poverty in the years since Route 66 is no longer used as much. There are lots of vestiges from this time period. It’s both romantic and sad at the same time.

Here are some photos I took while I was there. The color shots were taken with my pinhole camera, and the black and white were made with an Olympus XA.

I was hoping to make it to the Grand Canyon, but unfortunately we couldn’t get out there this time. It is, for sure, on the books for next year.

You can read about Oatman Arizona at Pinhole Obscura, where I recently wrote a blog post about it. Many of the photos above were taken there.

thrifty $1

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Thrifty $1

This is the last of my Sandy In Black And White series for now. I need to load my Holga with more Tri-x and wait for a rainy day.

This is one of the latest business in what is known as The Junker Building. For reasons I don’t understand, businesses do not stay around for very long here. It makes me kind of sad. This thrift shop has been holding steady for several months though.

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Geeky Bits
Camera: Holga 120N
Film: Tri-x
Development; Stand developed for 1 hour in Adonal.

Open 24 hours

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Open 24 hours

Continuing my series of photos taken in Sandy with my Holga in Black and White film. Here is the little market down the street where I get my potato chip fix in the afternoons on a rainy day. It’s got that kinda cool, run down feel to it. And it’s open 24 hours.

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Geeky bits:
Camera: Holga 120N
Film: Tri-x
Development: stand developed in Adonal for 1 hour