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Panorama with a Holga!

Camera: Holga 120  Film: Fuji 400H

Camera: Holga 120

Film: Fuji 400H

Following up with my last post, as you know, I recently made my way to the highest building that I could get on top of without causing too much of a hassle. Apart from taking the 4x5 photo that I shared in my last post, I also decided to take the same shot on different film formats. One of the other formats that I shot on was 645 on 120 film.  Like always, I encountered a few problems, not really paying attention to what I was doing, I forgot to focus my lens to infinity and ended up with a  bunch of missed focused shoots. This is all too common due to the fact that unlike an SLR you are not looking through the lens, but through a viewfinder. 

The technique I used to take this panorama on my Holga is pretty simple if taught in person. On paper? not so much. either way, I will try my best explain the process.

To begin with, load your camera with film. Once done, set your Holga to the 16 frames tab. Advance your film to your first shot, you should see a number 1 in the red window on the back of your Holga. Take your first shot. Advance to frame 2 and frame for the next shot and take it, do the same for frames 3 and 4. Now this is where it gets tricky. In order to take a total of 4 panoramas you need to skip the next frame which would be 5 and keep going to just before frame 6. There should be little dots letting you know that your almost to frame 6. Here, you will begin your next panorama, but instead of 4 shots you will only take three. Once again to keep the spacing correct advance to almost 7 and take the next shot. Next advance to almost 8 and take the last shot on your 2nd panorama. Skip to 9 and start your next panorama right on 9. advancing each shot by one frame number (9, 10, 11). Skip 12. lastly, start your last panorama on almost 13. Finish of by taking 3 more shots making this last panorama a total of 4 frames. 

 

To make it easier I printed out this little cheat sheet to tape to the back of my Holga. 

 

  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Photo 1 )

  • Skip 5

  • *6, *7, *8 (Photo 2)

  • 9, 10, 11 (Photo 3) 

  • Skip 12

  • *13, *14, *15, *16 (Photo 4)

  • * Represents the almost indicator.