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241.- Shooting with an Holga 135. First roll.

Twelve images. Click on to view in full size. / Doce imágenes. Pincha en ellas para verlas a tamaño completo
I bought the Holga 135 on ebay for 25 €, I wanted to have one of these famous toy cameras with a  film format 35 mm.
So when it came, I loaded a roll of B&W (400 ASA) and went outside to play with my new toy.
Light is eaten.
The plastic lens is not sharp.
But I had fun as a child with new shoes.
The photos are not worth much but I’m sure I will repeat the experience.
Here I show only twelve images, Be merciful.
Compré la Holga 135 en ebay por 25 euros, tenía ganas de tener una de estas famosas cámaras de juguete con un formato para película de 35 milímetros.
Así que cuando llegó, cargué un carrete de blanco y negro (400 ASA) y salí a la calle a jugar con mi nuevo juguete.
Se come la luz
La lente de plástico no es nítida
pero me divertí como un niño con zapatos nuevos.
Las fotos no valen gran cosa pero estoy seguro que repetiré la experiencia.
Aquí os muestro sólo doce imágenes, sed compasivos.
2013 08 29  Holga-135-244329-C

2013 08 29  Holga-135-244324-C

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2013 08 29  Holga-135-244327-C

2013 08 29  Holga-135-244326-C

2013 08 29  Holga-135-244331-C


39 responses

  1. Really nice.

    August 30, 2013 at 02:33

    • Thank you very much for your kind comment.

      August 30, 2013 at 02:48

  2. Genial. Me gustaron todas!

    August 30, 2013 at 03:04

    • Gracias.
      Para mi gusto demasiado subexpuestas, la maquinita se come literalmente la luz y del foco mejor no hablar pero la verdad es que tiene su encanto.

      August 30, 2013 at 03:48

  3. Your roll actually look exceptionally good!

    August 30, 2013 at 03:28

    • Too much blurry, but maybe with a plastic lense it’s impossible shooting sharp.
      Now i´m shooting two B&W rolls (400 ASA) one in my Yashica MG-1 and second in the Minolta 7s, I think the results will be better.
      Thanks for your kind comment.

      August 30, 2013 at 03:47

      • It might be blurry, but it got the aesthetic.

        August 30, 2013 at 04:26

      • MG 1! I got one once again but i haven’t got around shooting it yet.

        August 30, 2013 at 04:27

        • The Yashica belonged to my father and I took many years without shooting a roll, but I remember that made great pictures

          August 30, 2013 at 05:16

          • I am sure it will turn out just as good as you remembered it. Oh the anticipation. How fun!

            August 30, 2013 at 05:17

            • Thanks 🙂
              When developing the roll I promise share the results.
              Have a nice day mate.

              August 30, 2013 at 05:25

  4. Wonderful album~

    August 30, 2013 at 04:19

    • Thanks KoH

      August 30, 2013 at 04:22

      • Nice b&w ~ ^^

        August 30, 2013 at 04:37

        • Thank you 🙂
          Your B&W is good too and the colour (the flowers) are fantastic.
          Have a nice day.

          August 30, 2013 at 05:30

          • Thank you ~ Hachege too ^^

            August 30, 2013 at 05:45

  5. Why be merciful? These are great fun HG through your talented eye!

    August 30, 2013 at 04:27

    • I´m plenty of doubts about “my talented eye”, the pics that today I like, are the same pics that tomorrow I´ll see with many fails ………….

      Perhaps that´s the fun, always trying to be better than yesterday

      Thanks Patti

      August 30, 2013 at 05:23

  6. Simply great. Love this.

    August 30, 2013 at 07:07

    • Sorry Foster, I didnt read your comment until now.
      Thanks for your kind words.

      September 3, 2013 at 02:26

  7. I like the multipla photo. Very nice serie. 🙂

    August 30, 2013 at 09:19

    • This camera has the double exposure possibility. its a funny option
      Thanks for your comment Antonia

      August 30, 2013 at 15:02

  8. The first image is my favourite! The others are all lovely shots and the grain adds a certain nostalgia to them. I think you should explore this medium further? I enjoyed seeing them thank you

    August 30, 2013 at 10:05

    • Thank you for your kind comment Bob
      and yes !!
      I,m going to explore
      🙂 🙂

      August 30, 2013 at 15:07

      • Look forward to seeing the results

        August 30, 2013 at 17:40

  9. I think we can all see how much fun you had. Lovely series, great contrast and super charming images. Yes the Holga may miss some build quality and a sharp lens but who cares? Your images are beautiful.

    August 30, 2013 at 10:25

    • I think the same.

      Thanks for your comment

      August 30, 2013 at 15:04

  10. In the age of megapixels and sharpness, these photos still are a breeze of fresh air, that carries the message of true seeing. (Or something in this vein, anyway) 😉

    September 5, 2013 at 22:41

    • Thank you very much for your words Vassilis, I promise share the next roll.


      September 5, 2013 at 23:37

  11. These shots are wonderful! There are many reasons why the Holga has become such an iconic camera with a cult following. For one, the vignetting it gives is natural and unique – it doesn’t look photoshopped. It also has a soft focus, so the edges of its images are blurred yet the center of the frame is relatively crisp. Subconsciously, the eye is trained to look straight at the center. If you frame your subject perfectly in the middle, it can make for a very powerful image. I really think you achieved that look well with the shot of the statue. Another great thing about Holgas, and I suppose shooting film in general, is how experimental one can be. In developing, film can be pushed or pulled to increase or decrease grain. Expired slide films can be cross processed to give odd shifts in color and tone. Pinhole cameras can be used to get very moody images. Then there’s black and white / color infrared film….So much to experiment with! I love how endless and challenging photography can be. There’s so much to learn.

    Anyhow, congrats on your first Holga roll. Brilliant captures, all. I know your future rolls will also be fantastic, especially when you learn and discover more about the Holga’s quirks : )

    September 9, 2013 at 15:21

    • The Holga is simply a toy and was very funny shooting with it. Sure I´ll use it again.
      But I prefer a simple telemetrics camera for street like my Yashica MG1 or Minolta Himatic 7s.
      Maybe I´ll be back to developed film in few days and I´ll share the results in the page

      September 9, 2013 at 15:58

  12. Your shots are always great because of your composition. Aside from that, all of these shots have pretty noticeable grain. Is that the result of the Holga, film or your settings? I have a feeling that you didn’t intend for that or that you intentionally posted them here this way as a measure to protect your images from fraudulent use (that what I often do).

    I like heavy grain in some of my shots, not all of them.

    November 10, 2013 at 19:36

    • Is a Holga “trade mark” 😀 😀 😀
      Really you cant change the parameters in the Holga 135mm you everytimes shot at 1/100 and F/11
      Is a “light eater” this camera
      The lense are made of plastic
      The results ………….. soft focus, grain, black corners,

      November 11, 2013 at 00:34

  13. I’m going to test the Holga. I can’t wait.

    November 11, 2013 at 22:25

    • Holga 120 or 135 mm ???

      November 11, 2013 at 23:34

      • 120

        November 11, 2013 at 23:48

        • Fantastic !!!
          I love the negatives 6×6

          November 12, 2013 at 00:42

          • Square frame is what i’m looking for in photography right now. Holga should be a good choice.

            November 12, 2013 at 20:43

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