Weekend Wanderings – City Snaps
On Wednesday I was in the city for a One on One Photography Session, and whilst I didn’t get a lot of photos, I did manage a few. We went for a walk through some parts of the city that my client was unfamiliar with.
I asked this person if I could take a photo of her taking a photo of the graffiti. Everyone who came around and saw this piece of graffiti was taking a photo of it. I have some as well. I have other photos of the graffiti in Hosier Lane but will put them in a gallery at the end.
As I said, I didn’t get many photos, so yesterday I dragged my husband into the city with me and we walked from one end to the other while I took photos along the way.
I thought it might be fun if I used the Holga lens that I purchased about 18 months but have rarely used. It looks really funny on the camera, a plastic lens that is relatively small, and purple, on my Nikon D300s. I just figured that it might be fun to do some photos that weren’t serious and just see what it was like.
Working out the light can be a bit of a problem. So you have to go up the ISO a lot and sometimes add some exposure compensation as well. There is no aperture, so the lens is fixed and the aperture is fixed. It really is a plastic lens and you don’t have much control over it. It is like using one of those old compact film cameras from the 70’s.
It gives you, well I don’t know how to put it, it gives these shots that look old, grainy, not quite in focus. I was having so much fun with it. I think I will have to do this again.
I even tried panning with the train. Wasn’t moving as fast as I would have liked, but it was a good try.
I got the lens so long ago and I kept meaning to take it and try it, but I just never seemed to be anywhere where I wanted to give up getting good shots for it. When we went into the city yesterday it was specifically to use the lens and see what I could get. I did think it was fun, and I was having a ball with it. I do wish I had taken the D800 though, the cropped sensor of the D300s was a bit annoying, and meant that I couldn’t fit some things in. I needed to think outside the box. I also think that the end of the day wasn’t a great time to be using it, and perhaps it would be best using it in bright sunny conditions, so I might have to try that another time. The images have come up a bit dark and grainy, but I don’t mind that, and think it adds to the Holga effect. They are relatively inexpensive, perfect for trying out some fun things. The Holga website has lots of accessories and such.
I am going to put the graffiti and Wednesday images into a gallery for you with the Holga images as well, I am fairly certain you will be able to tell the difference. I think we have fog here this morning, so as soon as the sun comes up I’m heading out with the camera.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums who read my blog.