The Holga 135BC appears to be fixed (sort of)

This is the camera that kept giving me unintentional double exposures when I took it to St. Francisville. I had a roll of Kodak Ektar in it, I used about half of it on that trip and finished it up around here. The film counter isn’t working, I kept shooting and shooting and it only got up to about 12. I thought I had shot more than 36 exposures and since I didn’t get to the end of the roll I figured it was fucked up, but I took it into Walgreen’s anyway. I might not have bothered if it had been any other type of film, but Ektar is one of my favorite color negative films, and I don’t know if it’s going to be made much longer. (Hopefully whoever winds up buying Kodak’s films after the bankruptcy will continue producing it, but no one knows for sure what’s going to happen.)

I got them back earlier this week and was pleasantly surprised: no double exposures, and 37 negatives, which means I must have been at the end when I gave up. (Film rolls are always a little longer than what the label says, so when you shoot with film keep shooting until you can’t advance the film any more.) Maybe the camera just needed to be used to fix what was wrong with it. The counter is shot, but that’s not an essential piece of the camera.


686434-R1-30-4A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

686434-R1-28-6A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

686434-R1-36-37, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

686434-R1-12-22A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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Holga 135BC: St. Francisville, LA

I went to St. Francisville on Saturday. I’d been there before, during a Christmas holiday before I moved to Louisiana. But it was just to see a couple of plantations and I never really saw the town. It’s adorable and very picturesque, and there are lots of antique stores I didn’t even go into, so I will definitely be going back. Fun fact: the town was the capital of the “Republic of West Florida” for 90 days in 1810. That was basically just like the Bear Flag Republic in California, a group of American emigrants into Spanish colonial territory “seceded” and petitioned President Madison to annex them to the US, and he obliged by adding them to the Louisiana Purchase territory. Whatchoo gondoo, Spain?!

This camera is a Holga TLR that shoots 35mm, and when it works it’s great. But there’s something wrong with the film advance, and I wound up with a lot of unintentional double exposures. I’ll have to see if it can be fixed. It’s only been used a few times, but I’ve had it for 2 years, so I doubt it’s still under warranty.

I also shot about 2/3 of a roll of Kodak Ektar (this is Fuji Superia) that’s still in the camera, and 2 rolls of 120 in my “Asiana” Diana clone that was sent to Dwayne’s Photo.


685114-R1-13-4A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

This is one of those “unintentional double exposures” that I think kind of works. It’s the Grace Episcopal Church (and cemetery) of West Feliciana parish, the 2nd oldest Episcopal church in the state. Obviously Catholicism is the default faith in this state, but for some reason I always find Episcopal churches are more charming and photogenic.


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685114-R1-06-11A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

685114-R1-08-9A, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

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This is Afton Villa Gardens. It used to be a house, but it burned to the ground in the 1960s, and the owners either couldn’t afford to or just couldn’t be bothered to rebuild, and constructed gardens all over the property. The site of the house still has exterior steps and bits of wall.


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morgan city: holga 135BC

 


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lomographers of acadiana: chauvin, LA

We met a week early this month because Hope has something going on next week. We met at CoCo Marina, and I can personally vouch for their crawfish pies.


CoCo Marina 12, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

CoCo Marina 6, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

CoCo Marina 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

There was yet another cemetery on the itinerary–this one was a little different because it was built on an Indian burial mound. Which just seems like bad juju to me. Haven’t these Cajuns ever seen Poltergeist?


Elpege Picou Cemetery 1, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 7, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 4, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

But the highlight was the Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden. It’s a really fascinating piece of religious folk art that took a decade to construct and was abandoned by its maker. The Kohler Foundation rescued it–you know Kohler, they make kitchen and bathroom fixtures? One of the heirs of that fortune set up a foundation to rescue and restore folk art. They bought the property, cleaned up the statuary, then gave it to Nicholls State University.

holga 135BC: pilgrim cemetery, bayou goula, louisiana

This is the other place we went to at my last meetup, an old cemetery in Bayou Goula.

This was the last exposure and it got partially double-exposed somehow. I like it, though.

first roll from the holga 135BC

I finally got the first roll shot in my Holga 135BC — a belated Christmas present from the ‘rents — developed, and was pleasantly surprised. I thought they were going to be underexposed, because I stupidly believed the sunny weather forecast and loaded a roll of Kodak Ektar 100, and of course it turned out to be totally overcast. I did open the aperture up to the cloudy/flash setting, which seems to have compensated enough.

Verdict: I like this camera. The focus is pleasantly off, making your subjects appear as if emerging from a slight fog; and the vignetting is subtle but definitely present, not always the case when shooting 35mm. The viewfinder that’s cut into the flip-up eyeshade appears to be true to form too, because I shot a couple of verticals with it and they’re framed how I remember them being with that viewfinder.

AHHH THERE’S SOMEONE IN THE WINDOW!!!… I don’t know why that’s creepy. It just is. I didn’t notice them when I took the shot.

I like this photo a lot. I just like reflections in water.

You can’t go to St. Martinville and not take a photo of the Evangeline Oak. I’m pretty sure it’s against the law.

Church clock tower.