Landscape Film Photography - Soft and Noisy

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Somewhat tired of the usual approach to photography where the emphasis always seems to be on sharpness and noise free images I set out on a dull day to try and capture a bit more mood in my pictures.

It is surprising how a simple camera can prove more suitable to lacklustre conditions than a super sophisticated digital marvel but that's what I'd hoped for.

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GoPro Hero 7 Black
DJI Spark

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GJB Grimpy . 2020-02-16
I've used a tiny Voigtlaender 110 camera, shooting mostly in B/W for exactly the same purpose. Love this vlog!
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Daniel Gunter . 2020-02-03
I took some of my favorite images with a La Sardina, which is essentially a 35mm Holga.
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Carlin Schelstraete . 2019-12-21
Wow. Gorgeous shots Steve!
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Jef Frede Fishing and shooting . 2019-12-16
awful landscape + awful camera + great photographer = nice images
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squarz . 2019-12-15
This episode was fantastic
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sfbdotcom . 2019-11-18
I can just hear the weighty tones of the typical (male, elderly & narrow-minded) Camera Club judge 'There's no detail/sharpness in the shadows/highlights', 'the vignette is too heavy', 'there's too much distortion'. Or' I'm worried by'... (take your pick from grain/no subject/lack of separation/focus/mid-tones) Or just 'I don't like...' Sigh... Sorry about the rant. We had a particularly bad one this week.
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____________ . 2019-08-26
10:46 really nice picture mate
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Old Film Guy . 2019-07-20
Thanks, Steve - not only excellent images, but great instruction. You've inspired me to take the Holga out on the next "lousy" weather day,
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V-G-Z . 2019-06-18
Hi Steve! I absolutely like the way of approach to your fotos. Also the calm, natural way you do your videos is so enjoyable and refreshing.
Taking shots with the Holga is a big challenge, but as someone already said, in the right, not to a Hipster belonging, hands, one gets great images!
My question is, is there any chance you could take the challenge up a notch, in a little different way?
There is a great SLR camera out there, the Minolta Zoom SLR Mark II that uses - behold - 110 format film! The camera itself is a lot more advanced and better quality than the Holga, but the film itself is the challenge. If you want grainy, gritty images, what better way could there be than trying out that kind of film and camera? Film is freshly avaliable online: black and white negative, colour slide and colour negative.

the combination is waht makes it interesting: a very good quality camera and lens, but the film is the quality of the holga. So simply the other way around than you have done in this video.

It that something you could consider doing?

I would be so eager to see that! I use the camera myself and I am impressed what a 110 camera can do and how high the quality can be.

Greetings from Germany!
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maksqwe1 . 2019-06-02
Also, try getting your hands on some lomography toy cameras. They are a little expensive new for what they are, but you could either look on eBay as people play with them and just get rid after a few weeks. But they are worth even the new price as the effects you can get are really special.
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maksqwe1 . 2019-06-02
I really enjoy shooting film because of the way it makes things ‚feel’. I live in the Uk, and the weather is best described as flat. 99% of the time, everything is grey and dull. BUT, film saves the day and makes things seem more alive. I’m still learning how film reacts to different colours, how it renders things differently and especially that shutter speed is not what I thought it was (coming from digital). Perfects shots have a place and time, but for personal work, perfection is boring to me. Thank you for the content. Nice seeing familiar places on video!
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Nick Pirro . 2019-05-06
how did you get the brown color if it was hp5, was it post-processing? Great images with that Holga ! "Fantastic- Plastic!"
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Michael Cowen . 2019-05-02
Amazing images from such a basic piece of kit and a simple walk around the beach...brilliant!
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norman tesch . 2019-04-20
have you shot hdr with film? if so how do they turn out? is it worth the time and effort. ...i plan to take 3 shots. center plus and minus 3. then get develop and scan myself then edit on computer.
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Bart Nelis . 2019-03-27
Like how you give us insight in your creative thought process !!
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Chris Edgecombe . 2019-03-22
Great locations and compositions.
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JIC . 2019-03-20
These are stunning! Great concept!
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Studio Bonn . 2019-03-18
"Limited to black and white"...lol...dying art in my opinion...
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Julian Baird Photography . 2019-03-15
Always enjoy watching your work Steve. Really interesting to see how you post process your images to get that distinctive look. :-)
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Gary Gough . 2019-03-13
Excellent Steve. Restricting yourself or forcing yourself to work differently can and will only improve the way you think and In turn make you a better photographer. A great lesson for us all 👍🏻👍🏻
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Paul Compton PDphotography . 2019-03-08
You do keep it real lol
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Joshua Fagans . 2019-03-06
Many good points. So many people forget (or never knew) what photography was like in the film days and that there is value there. Thanks for the post!
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PhotoTube . 2019-03-05
Great work Steve, I enjoyed this video and your images - a refreshing change from most of the other photography videos on YouTube!
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Wayne Simon . 2019-03-05
Thanks for the stroll along the beach and an interesting look at the ability & restrictions of the Holga camera. Makes me think about taking my Kodak Brownie out for a stroll on our beaches here in Nova Scotia. I have been looking at a few YouTube videos of people loading 120mm film into the 620mm Brownie and all look fine. Even loading 135mm film and those images. Thanks again Steve and Cheers from Canada.
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Simon Aspinall . 2019-03-04
I love my plastic fantastic Holga. I recently switched from mostly digital to being mostly film and couldn't be happier. There's definitely something therapeutic about shooting and processing your own film.
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Dirty Water . 2019-03-04
LOVE LOVE LOVE what you said at 7:00. I'm a big believer in this way of thinking. I didn't used to be though. I took a photo once with 400 speed film and I was expressing my displeasure with the grain to a photographer friend of mine. He then turned to me and said something that really resonated. He said "I believe any viewer that insists on studying the grain of a photo instead of appreciating its content is missing the point of a photograph" That little piece of wisdom changed me as a photographer. From that day forward I didn't pixel peep or worry so much about how sharp something came out. Not to say I allowed myself to get lazy and not care at all. I am always careful get the picture the way I want it. But I don't allow trivial things like grain or soft focus from shooting wide open bother me anymore. It's not what photography is all about, and he reminded me of that. Many of the most iconic images in the world are not perfect. Whether it be lighting, composition, or even grain, those images are not iconic because of their "flaws". They're iconic because of their content. The story they tell and the feelings or mood they evoke. You're right, even today's bottom shelf cameras are pin sharp by comparison of older film cameras, and yet people still whine about sharpness, clarity, and noise. Some things will never change, I suppose.
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curtis white . 2019-03-04
A true master of your craft . You make it looks so easy. Thank you again.
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Kenny Wood . 2019-03-04
Lovely images Steve, really nice indeed :). Perhaps you should modify the old Holga if you have the time for use as a wet or dry plate camera, just a thought!
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Erich Stocker . 2019-03-04
Goes to demonstrate that people make photographs not cameras. Another you tuber, Craig Roberts, that I admire also loves the Holga look and he also knows how to use it. I have always had a thing about grain and sharpness. Even when I was exclusively shooting file I would only use panatomic-x or even tech pan 25 to get "grainless" images when using a fine grain developer. So, as you can imagine the Holga was not my thing. But the appeal of your and Craig's Holga shots definitely says it all. Enjoyed the video and thanks for doing it.
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beekellyplus . 2019-03-04
I, too, assumed a pinhole session was in the offing. You’ve made me ... not reconsider but think of reconsidering the value of my Holga equivalent, a Lomo Belair, with its pair of similarly vague plastic lenses. Bad weather might well be what it’s good for. Nicely made video, Steve. Thanks.
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Steve H . 2019-03-04
Great Steve, but I would have liked to have seen the border too! I'm such a PS wimp. BTW, I've ordered 10 rolls of Lomo Potsdam Cine B&W, can't wait to give it a go.
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Noealz - Anime Photography . 2019-03-03
No a fan of overcast days for shooting :/
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abetterangle . 2019-03-03
I find that structure fascinating..... But why there?
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runninblue . 2019-03-03
Good stuff, lovely images. Almost inspired me to dig out an old Lomo Lubitel I've got. Somewhere.
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tom morgan . 2019-03-03
Great video and images and no large backpack. Ah photography freedom.
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Deniz Yilmaz . 2019-03-03
after this episode i decided to to binge watch your all videos, so if you receive comments to your old videos. dont be surprised :)
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David Pearce . 2019-03-03
Loved them steve
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Lars-Göran Abrahamsson . 2019-03-03
Really nice video and beutiful photograps. Best regards.
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Tony Gott . 2019-03-03
So true @ 7:00 the obsession with sharpness. Wonderful video & images Steve. Appreciate the editing tips pointers.
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Robin Whalley . 2019-03-03
Great video Steve and some very nice shots.
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Toby G . 2019-03-03
Love the mood of these images. The video should be called 'The Holga Primer'.
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Isabel Curdes . 2019-03-03
Beautiful images - I just had a Holga to try for a few weeks and while I love what others like you can do with it - the camera and I just don't really connect. I am a big fan of the 'Lith-Look' and it is at the top of my list of things to try once I have my Intrepid enlarger :-) Another great video and a joy to watch!
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Trail Images Photography . 2019-03-03
Good call using the Holga in the bland weather for the day. I saw some hand-railing that caught my attention, but was not sure you photographed any of that old stuff.
Another interesting field trip this time to an area that fit the Holga usage.
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Robin Horton . 2019-03-03
Very informative, always enjoy your style, keep it going.
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Frank Solle . 2019-03-03
Wonderful images (par for the course), very insightful points on the overall film approach, and solid info on the post-processing. I have a Holga with similar shutter issues as the one you 'filed.' I may well do the same and get a fresh start. Thanks for another great posting.
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Phil Braithwaite . 2019-03-03
Another very interesting video Steve, perfect Sunday afternoon stuff :) ....I'm off out!
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Tim Scanlan . 2019-03-03
Hi Steve. Love this. Something different from a very popular location. The Holga looks like an extraordinary piece of kit - never heard of them. Credit to you for giving yourself such tight parameters and still coming up with excellent images. Many thanks for sharing Steve.
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Adam Analogue . 2019-03-03
I love my Holga ❤️ Excellent video, thanks for sharing.
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Thomas Popple . 2019-03-03
I am glad I am not the only one who does not bow down at the alter of sharpness. Thanks for the video
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Arief Đz . 2019-03-03
Lovely lomo ❤️❤️
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