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Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Rick Waldroup, Jun 7, 2011.
Baling Hay - Lipan, Texas - June 6, 2011
Thanks for the comment, Gordon.
This was shot with my brand new $18.00 Holga lens on my GF-1. I then added the tone in Silver Efex.
Was it a close call between the Nokton 25 & the Holga?
Yes, Alan, it was. I mean, they are so close in the quality of the glass.
But, in the end, I decided to go with the plastic of the Holga- built like a tank and the optics are just magnificent....
So... you passed on the Nokton, bought the Holga, a new set of tires, and went to dinner with the difference....
Did i mention that I love the photograph?
Sometimes Rick it's easy to forget that. Your work is so consistently good that I think I might take it for granted...
It's a wonderful moody image....
Interesting Rick ... a friend of mine just purchased the Holga for his 1Ds ... waiting for the results. So what else Holga-ish do ya got?
Thanks, Alan, for the very kind words.
I have not shot much with it, yet. But here you go, Gary.
LOL ... I like that ... but I keep wondering if a "real" lens would have more impact and better communications ... I dunno ... what do you think? With, the LensBay, one can create and heigthen the drama ... dunno about the Holga ...
Hello. Great captures! May I ask for more info regarding this holga mft lens..?
Gary, I thought about a lens baby back when they first came out, but I never did like the zoomed in look it produces. I don't know, for some reason it never appealed to me.
dia36, I purchased the lens off ebay from a dealer in Hong Kong. If you go on ebay and do a search for Holga lens, you will find several different dealers.
It does not need an adapter to fit a m4/3 camera. It is a fixed f/8 lens. You simply mount the lens on the camera, put the camera on manual, and adjust your shutter speed until the proper exposure is attained. It is, of course, manual focus. The focusing is crude and the zone focusing marks on the lens barrel are just a bit off, and the lens is made completely of plastic, but all of this combines to produce a lens that, if used properly and with the right subject matter, can produce unusual photos.
The biggest pitfall I see about the lens is that it can quickly become very gimmicky. That is why that I think with certain subjects, it can be very useful, but one can easily overdo this type of shooting.
Yeah, the Holga and LensBaby are one-trick-ponies ... while the Holga gives a certain vintage look ... in the case of Kaitlyn a veiled, misty, dreamy look ... I keep wondering to myself if, in this case the image of Kaitlyn, wouldn have had more impact had the image been crystal sharp ... those eyes penetrating the eyes of the viewer ...
I used to have a philosophy that if an image is worth shooting then shoot it with the best equipment one has ... with the high IQ of µ4/3 I have stepped back from that thinking ... I dunno about the Holga ... you and I tend to shoot people ... people doing stuff ... people in their environment ... and those images cannot ever be duplicated .. does the Holga do justice to those images which cannot be duplicated and are worth capturing?
The jury is still out on the Holga ... I like both of the images presented ... I'm vacillating on Kaitlyn if the Holga was the best choice of lens.
Very nice relationship between the object and the holga effect. Nice work Rick.
Gary is being diplomatic.
For me, it works well for the tractor image. A nostalgic sort of feel (I grew up on a farm). Dustbowl documentary.
It doesn't work for Kaitlyn. The blur and busy-ness of the plastic distortion distracts me from a captivating subject.
Call me an old fart, but this current craze of using electronic filters or plastic lenses to make images out of high tech gear look like crappy snapshots from the awful equipment of yesteryear just doesn't appeal to my sense of beauty and art. It too easily becomes intentional photo kitsch. I did not like crappy polaroid or instamatic pictures 40 years ago. I like them even less today.
Rick, your tractor image just cost me 13 euros! Gonna wait impatiently for my lens to arrive.
Okay, you're an ol' fart.
I like the effect in the first shot with the tractor, but I'm thinking that this would be something I would rather try to simulate with software rather than apply it directly by using a lens like this.
So now you've become a digital artist ... not a photographer ...
Whichever. I am a product of the tools and technology that are available to me.