I am in love with taking photos of everything around me with my Holga close up and macro lenses. I have been considering for a long time to get an actual set of close up filters made for my Nikon camera lens but keep putting it off because I already feel like I have a set (the one difference is these are shaped for Holga cameras so I have to manually hold the lens in front of my camera lens which is not comfortable). I have never actually used these with a Holga camera because the results I’ve found online don’t really seem worth it. It’s much easier to use with a digital camera that has a proper viewfinder. I adore the Holga lenses though especially the fact I spent a mere $10 on each set. These are from a walk around the Plateau in Montreal a few weeks ago.
For Lomography Wednesday I grabbed my Nikon camera and my trusty Holga close up and macro lens and headed to my balcony. My favourite thing about the Fall is the changing colors of the season! There are a few changes happening already around my house. The first is this little bud I got from the Botanical Gardens started to sprout out something that looks like a kidney bean. The bud was growing on a tree that was covered in them and they looked like a penis with balls – lol so I grabbed one to take a better photo. As well my entire herb garden has become dried and weathered, it didn’t survive the summer at all which is sad. The best part though is the vines on my balcony are starting to turn orange and yellow and it’s just amazing to watch. I am hoping to soon replace my toy lens with the real thing so I can even more amazing close up shots soon, in the meantime I really enjoy these Holga lens and they were only $10 for each set.
I thought it’d be great to update you on my fishnet stocking plant (solenostemon scutellarioides). It’s an annual so I am guessing it will die as soon as the temperature drops but in August it almost tripled in size which was amazing to see. I was disappointment when I found out it was an annual buts it’s grown so much it feels worth it to rebuy again next year. I feel so happy as a plant mom as I kill most plants (rest in peace herb garden) but all my vines and other plants have just blossomed so much. It is great to see and really encouraging. This one is my favourite because it’s just so pretty and changes all the time. When the morning light hits it I always grab my camera for a few shots. These were all shot with my Holga macro and close up lens which I am using all the time on flowers and plants – I really cannot wait to upgrade to an actual close up or macro lens soon but in the meantime enjoy Lomography Wednesday – Plant Addition!
Next week I will have a handful of photos from my Holga Tim that I just got developed. I need to start using that camera more. It had over a year of moments on it which is totally crazy. The photos weren’t as great as I was expecting but I think the end of the film was a little over exposed from being in the camera for so long. Its just a fun mechanic having the half frames, I really want to grap a Golden Half camera and have even more half frames cameras because they are really fun.
Photography of flowers is one of my passions, it’s so nice having the holga close up lens and micro lens for just this thing as it helps get very dreamy sort of romantic frames shots. The shot above is my bridesmaid bouquet from my friend Nicole’s wedding in Vancouver. As well there is some of her bouquet, as I was the lucky lady who caught the bouquet (hahaha I decided earlier that night that I wanted to catch it just to freak out Victor and I did just that). I kept my flowers in the fridge a few days before I had the chance to take some photos which was quiet a shame as they welted quite a bit although not surprising as the day of the wedding they were in blistering heat for hours. I don’t often have flowers to take photos of, nor nearly this wonderful and beautiful so I jumped the chance welted or not. It very hard to play around with focus with the holga lens but I do love using them to see what I get. Check out all the photos below!
a behind the scenes photo (still taken with a close up lens mind you), this is the wedding bouquet and as you can see my bridesmaid one is in the background. I borrowed a vase and sat outside taking photos the day I was leaving on the plane because I knew the already beat up bouquet wouldn’t look very good after the plane ride home. I also toke some Polaroid that failed because it doesn’t have a very short focus distance.
A few weeks ago I got a Diana F+ kind of randomly and while waiting to get more 120mm film, I decided to test out the lens! Last summer I bought a Diana adapter for Nikon because I thought it was like the Holga one and came with the lens so I had it laying around my shelf just waiting for me to finally get a Diana. So a few days after getting my new Diana, I popped the lens on the adapter and attached it to my Nikon DSLR. These shots are a combination of the Diana lens and Holga Close Up lens, I just sat in front of this bush and testing them out so. They looked much more crisp on my camera screen so I was a little disappointed to find how blurry they actually are. But I still love them and cannot wait to experiment more!