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First Holga pix

Just Me and My Holga

I have to admit, that I am quite pleasantly surprised that I like as many of the first photos I've taken with my new Holga (a $27 cheapo plastic medium format camera - however - processing the 120 film isn't cheap!). I've posted more on my Flickr but here are a few of my faves. I'm having fun getting "artsy" again like I did back in the day when I had a Canon SLR as a pretentious, photographer teen.

There have been a few shots I've missed due to my shyness - or rather - fear of rejection. I haven't been able to ask someone if I can take their picture (or even just take a picture of their dog!) and I feel uncomfortable just taking a photo of someone (there is no zoom feature on this camera so I can't take a stealth picture). How do you photographers out there do it? Do you ask permission or try and take candid shots with or without the subject realizing it? For now, it is just easier taking dog photos as they are tethered up outside a grocery store or coffeehouse - they never say no.

I know if I go somewhere like a farmer's market, like the Pike Place Market, or a festival, or crowded park, etc., I'll feel freer to take candid people shots - but just when they are walking down the street, minding their own business, not so much.

Since I'm picking up another set today and have two more rolls to get processed - I'm sure you'll be seeing more of these. (I will also begin taking some Polaroids now that I received the film I bought off E-bay - ouch - I'm going to have to find three jobs just to support my new photography habit!)


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First Holga pix + self-portrait