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I’m Not A Hipster. Right?

holga 135bc

I’ve always wanted to get a Holga after reading about it and seeing how colourful they are. I love how the photos usually turn out. Having friends who love analogue photography only helped me want to get an analogue camera of my own. Among my group of friends, we have at least 10 different types of analogue cameras between us, with different lomograpy cameras, sardine can cameras and even instant polaroid cameras too. Now we can add a Holga to the list.

Dude keeps saying that I’m such a hipster but I don’t think so. I just happen to like the look of the camera and the effects that it has on the photos taken. I’m hoping that this little hobby won’t be a half baked one.

Hipstamatic App Experiment: Outdoors, Under Sunlight

Also taking using Hipstamatic, just for the heck of it.

I know that the Hipstamatic app has been around for a while and I’ve read about it almost everywhere. So when I finally sold a little more of my soul to the great, big fruit got on the iPhone bandwagon, I bought to app but due to a relatively busy time since I bought it, I haven’t gotten around to trying it out as much.

Even though I’ve only gotten the basic pack, it still comes with 3 different types of film rolls: Blanko, Ina’s 196, and Kodot XGrizzled, 3 different flashes: Standard, Dreampop and Cherry Shine, and 4 lens types: John S, Jimmy, Kaimal Mach II and Buckhorst H1.

With all these different settings, I have no idea which setting to use that’s when I decided that I needed to experiment a little. I took a walk during lunch and snapped some pictures with different films and lenses, using the natural sunlight just to see what happened.

Here are the results.

The set of pictures below are taken using the Blanko film. Clockwise from the top right hand, I used the John S, Jimmy, Kaimal Mach II and Buckhorst H1 lenses.

small Blanko John Ssmall Blanko Jimmysmall Blanko Kaimal Mach IIsmall Blanko Bockhorst H1

The set below is taken with the Ina’s 1969 roll, and with the same lens types. Ignore the little shading thing at the top of some of the pictures. I didn’t realise that my fingertip was covering the

small Ina's 1969 John Ssmall Ina's 1969 Jimmysmall Ina's 1969 Kaimal Mach IIsmall Ina's 1969 Bockhorst H1

This was taken with the Kodot XGrizzled film, and the same lens types.

small Kodot XGrizzled John Ssmall Kodot XGrizzled Jimmysmall Kodot XGrizzled Kaimal Mach IIsmall Kodot XGrizzled Bockhorst H1

I love how the different lenses casts different filter effects on the pictures. It’s really interesting how different the pictures turn out. However, to my eye, I don’t see any difference between the different film types. If there is, maybe my plebeian eyes just can’t see it.

Since the app has the option of using flash and also, different types of flash, I’m going to have to do another experiment just to see what happens.

If you are a Hipstamatic user and have some tips for me, feel free to leave a comment.

Catching The Shutter Bug

I’ve never been very into photography, since my style of taking pictures is just basically point and shoot. I don’t even bother editing the pictures either. So it’s very much a surprise to me when I started to develop an interest in analogue photography.

Avariel has been part of the local lomography scene for a while and she always seemed to have the cutest camera when she went out with us on adventures. Her interest was contagious as not long after that. Raven started her own collection of lomo cameras. I tried out Avariel’s Diana+ camera but I have yet to get the film developed, so I have no idea how it turned out. I had fun just snapping away at almost everything.

Recently, I discovered that there are Holga lens attachments for the Instax mini 7s, which I already have. Technically, I bought the Instax as a birthday present for my sister but she rarely uses it, so I sorta claimed it as my own.

holga lens for instax

Anyway, there were the Fisheye lens attachment set as well as the Wide and Tele lens set. There were also the Close up & Macro lens set and the Filter lens set too. Cool huh?

I tried out the lenses to see how they look and I rather like the effect.

different lenses

I tried out using just the adapter, followed by the wide angle lens and then the tele lens, respectively. The adapter itself added a slight vignette effect to the picture and I rather like it. The wide angle lens is rather cool. The dark vignetting looks really nice against the bright centre. The tele lens however, I’m not so sure. It’s interesting but I’m not sure when is the best time to use it, or how to use it effectively.

These lens attachments have renewed my interest in getting a real Holga for myself, as I really like the unique effects that develop in the pictures.

Holga - The lost Vespa
Photo by Vick the Viking

I’d love to play around with the different lenses, filters and film types just to see what kind of effects you get. I’m the least artistic person out there but just the thought of experimenting with the different accessories sounds exciting and fun.

However, the main reason for me to not getting it yet is that, getting the camera would mean, getting the different accessories, film and of course, the cost of film would be rather high. Also, I’ve heard how addictive photography can be.

So at the present moment, I’m trying very hard to resist the pull to get a new camera. I’ll just play around with the Instax and hopefully, just be happy with it as I’m not ready for the commitment of spending moolah on shit load of camera stuff.