holga street photography

Finally, another Holga post! What with starting a full time job I feel I have been neglecting my photography a little. I’ve had the same film in my Holga for several weeks, but I finally got it developed and scanned.
Since I work in the big city now I have been mainly taking city pictures.
These two were taken in my hometown a couple of weeks ago:


There is a lovely old town hall there with a market square attached, where many little café’s have opened up in the last years.
This next one was in front of a little old bakery shop, on my lunch break at work. I saw the little poodle and had to take this picture. Have I mentioned I love poodles? No, really! If they are not shorn to have this ridiculous haircut I think they are adorable and pretty little dogs 🙂

And then the thing happened that was bound to happen when you carry a Holga around loosely in your bag for days: Unnoticed by me it switched to ‘bulb’ exposure (which means the shutter stays open as long as you press it) and the last photos came out blurry and overexposed. Weirdly enough, I kinda like the result, though I’m going to tape the bulb switch from now on and will be retaking the photos soon (luckily, all of these places are right out the door from work as well):



My scanning technique needs some work as well…it’s killing my notebook because the photos are way too big. Any tipps on how to scan? I scan at 4800dpi and don’t let the program do anything in terms of color or exposure adjustment or dust prevention…I prefer to do all that myself in photoshop but it really is too much for my poor notebook.

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12 thoughts on “holga street photography

  1. Lynda

    I really don’t like poodles but that’s a real personal story. I also hate when they shave them all up! Anyway, love your first two pics. If you take requests, I’d love to see a shot of the bakery goodies up close! I don’t scan many things but never scan at that high a res but then I never print anything very large.

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    1. tidytipsy

      Oh, what happened with you and poodles? Sure, I take requests 🙂 Holga/bw or digital/color?
      I talked to a friend about the scanning today and he’ll help me figure out how to do it he says 🙂

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  2. Sarah

    Oh I love these. Especially the table and chairs. Wonderful!

    I wish I could help with the scans, I could use some tips in that area myself.

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  3. Dave Dufour

    Love the pix here. I don’t have the Holga but I’ve been playing with a Photoshop action that gives a similar effect. I’m going to have to get one of the cameras though. Looks like fun.

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  4. tidytipsy

    Thanks guys 🙂
    Dave, do get a real Holga, they are just so much fun! I do use photoshop actions a lot for digital, but for the Holga you really have to get the real thing, digital is just not the same (and it’s not like it’s pricey, I got mine from HongKong via Ebay for next to nothing).
    I am amazed every time I use the Holga how it can make such cool pictures with absolutely no technology necessary…just a plastic box and light and film. Real ‘raw’ photography 🙂 You’ll have soo much fun with a real Holga 🙂

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