Friday, March 8, 2013

The Holga Landscape

During my recent trip to Oregon's remote southeast corner I decided to add my Holga to my arsenal of camera gear. In today's world of complicated digital everything it sure is nice to take a break and shoot a simple film camera such as this. I've been using this camera off and on for the past 3 yrs or so. What I've found is that I'm photographing scenes that, for one reason or another, I usually dismiss or don't see at all. The feedback I've gotten thus far has been encouraging. I'm slowly putting together a gallery of my strongest work, which I will begin selling through my website as smaller sized prints.

So here are five of my favorite Holga images from the trip. Two of them may make the cut for my new Holga gallery. Thanks for having a look.

I used a flashlight to illuminate the foreground bushes during this 10hr exposure of Mickey Butte, located near Steens Mountain. This was my first Holga time exposure and I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the way it held up.

Dawn near Three Forks on the Owyhee River after a light dusting of snow.

I saw this scene while driving past the Badlands Wilderness area outside Bend. The light was golden and soft with some beautiful storm clouds to complete the scene

A time exposure from an area known as the 'Pillars of Rome'. I made quite a few images of the 100ft high columns resembling Roman ruins. I was going for something a little different in this rendition. I made one exposure while the moon was over the silhouetted cliff; after the moon set I made a 10 hour exposure for the stars and a bit of light painting on the foreground sagebrush. I'm not sure what the light is in the upper left; that's the fun part about shooting with a camera that isn't always light tight.

This shot may not be for everyone. It's just a simple self portrait of me standing behind my campfire. I liked the interesting light leaks as well as the word 'Kodak' in the upper right.

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