Yelena: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography, Portraiture by daybf on February 27, 2013

I took photos of my friend Yelena quite awhile ago, but I recently uncovered these Holga photos from the same shoot. We went to Arana Gulch in Santa Cruz for a nice open field to take portraits in. I like how long it takes me to finish and develop rolls of film, because every roll ends up being a surprise! Check out the original photoshoot here.

Yelena is a super talented designer, so check out her graphic design and illustration work.

The “you don’t say…” look:

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SFMOMA: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography by daybf on February 18, 2013

Last August I went and saw a great Cindy Sherman exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with a few friends and brought my Holga along. These were taken inside and outside of the museum. 
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My favorite is looking up towards the SFMOMA’s unique ceiling/roof.

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Año Nuevo: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Nature, Photography by daybf on February 13, 2013

Last March my family and I went and saw the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park for the first time. Of course I have a million pictures from that trip with my “real” camera that I never edited or shared. It’s practically a year later and it took a random roll of Holga film to remind me of those forgotten photos. Someday they will make an appearance as well, but for now here’s Holga’s take on the trip. Since my Holga has such a point of view, I suddenly think that it needs a name…you know, like people name their cars (my car=Roxy). I’ll have to give it some thought…

This sequence of photos is exactly how they appear on the roll of film. All the overlap actually worked out nicely:
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I love how the elephant seals just flop about. Pick a spot, flop down, and sleeeeeeeeeep.
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Greyhound Rock: Holga Style…again.

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography by daybf on February 12, 2013

It’s difficult NOT to photograph Greyhound Rock (my favorite beach off highway 1) whenever I go. I’ve captured the beach with my Holga before and had more shots on my recent rolls of film.

Here’s the rock in all of its glory with a flash of blue (blue filter covering flash). 
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Lake Geneva: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Nature, Photography, Travel by daybf on February 6, 2013

I had 2 rolls from my Holga developed recently! I’m still working on perfecting the scanning process-it’s so tedious!

This time around I used a different brand of 120mm film, which must only be compatible with 12 exposures, because when I did 16 they all overlapped. I like the imperfections from using a Holga, so I really don’t mind the unexpected effect. The owner at the camera shop actually tried to give me advice on how to win
d the camera, thinking that I didn’t wind far enough each time.

These 2 photos are from last November when I visited my grandparents’ cottage on Lake Geneva in Delavan, Wisconsin. I think they truly embody the mood of that lazy Fall afternoon. 
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Return of my Mighty Holga!

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography, Travel by daybf on October 9, 2012

In the past I’ve had my Holga 120mm film rolls developed and scanned at the same time from Bay Photo Lab in Santa Cruz. Early this year they stopped processing film altogether, so I had my film developed at Foto Express in downtown San Jose, but opted out paying for digital scans. I decided to invest in a film negative scanner so I can do my own film scans and hopefully scan old slides my family has as well.

The fun thing about my Holga is I don’t take photos with it often, so 1 roll can contain photos from a whole range of events. This first batch of scans are from the same roll but contain images from my first NFL game (Raiders vs. The Bears), a trip to Seattle last February, a local beach outing, and my coworker/friend Ari and I at First Friday in Santa Cruz.

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Can you spy the double exposure? ^ 
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From this same roll I also have images from Christmas (2011) and New Years Eve that I’ll be posting in the future!

Holga: roll 4, part 2

Posted in Film, Holga, Photography, Portraiture by daybf on February 1, 2011

This roll included quite an array of people! Top left are two of my cousins on my dad’s side, Kyle and Adam, on Christmas Eve. Top right is Adam holding up a Fushigi Ball, which is a magic illusion ball that looks like it moves on its own.

On the second photo down on the right is my cousin Briana, from my mom’s side of the family. I gave her a buddha globe as a gift and told her to hold it up and make a “buddha face.”

The bottom two portraits in blue are Sarah (left) and Kate (right) during their recent photoshoots. The blue flash + Kate’s red wall turned purple! We were wondering if that would actually happen…
Jake and Joe eating at Woodstock’s Pizza along with a nonflash failure of the Woodstock’s interior.

Holga: roll 3, part 2

Posted in Film, Holga, Photography by daybf on January 12, 2011

More Holga experiments. Double exposure of my boyfriend Joe, and just some nice beach scenes at Blacks Beach/14th Ave.


Holga: roll 3, part 1

Posted in Film, Holga, Music, Photography, Portraiture by daybf on January 11, 2011

My good friend Yelena, who is a fellow Cal Poly Art & Design grad, came to Santa Cruz for an Expendables show at the Catalyst and then stayed for the day on that Saturday. The day was open-ended and accidentally turned into quite the hipster date. First we browsed MetaVinyl and discussed our purchases at The Caffe Pergolesi over Santa Cruz Ale Works hefeweizen. So, naturally, I brought my Holga along to document the outing, which ended with watching the sunset on the cliffs overlooking Seabright beach.

In case it isn’t obvious from the photos, Yelena is an extremely talented designer and all-around artist. Definitely check out her design portfolio and blog.

Lesson: Holga + sunset = not much.
Notice my sad attempt at bulb mode on the far right-better exposure, but I moved :/

Sporadically shooting with my Holga makes me feel like a novice photographer again.

Holga: roll 2, Long Beach

Posted in Film, Holga, Photography by daybf on January 10, 2011

This is the 2nd Holga roll from Long Beach where I spent four days with a group of ladies doing nothing but girly things prepping for Nina’s wedding day. Shopping for hair accessories, getting our nails and hair done etc…

At the Los Cerritos Shopping Center:

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Marriott Residence Inn Long Beach in-room wedding day prep:
Nina and A.J. at Legends Sports Bar during their rehearsal dinner:

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