Tuesday, February 23, 2010

B&W Holga

Here are a couple of Holga shots I did sometime between November and Early January. I haven't shot very much B&W with my Holga over the last year, maybe 3-4 rolls. I think it has something to do with living in southern California and always having great warm light (most of the time). I need to load up my 120CFN with some B&W so I can do some longer exposures. I've been keeping the 120CFN loaded with color and using my 120S primarily as a B&W option. Maybe its time to swap and mix things up a bit. I've always had a love for B&W photography, in my college years its what I focused on. Also, when I lived in Vegas, didn't go outside during the day much, had to make due with existing available light. When I lived in Seattle, well, it rained a lot and was grey a lot, so B&W seemed to be a natural choice. Here in L.A., I find it a lot harder to want to shoot B&W film as much as I love it. I've got no problem shooting b&w digital (especially indoors) and plan to do more B&W Polaroids as well (really like the high speed Fuji). The colors, they distract me...in a good way. When I used to shoot film in college, since it was B&W, I did my own processing and printing and that may also be another reason why I don't do as much now. True silver B&W prints look so much better then what the scanner can bring out in my opinion. Trying to push and challenge myself into shooting more B&W again. Need to look at things more monochromatically. I've got 4 or 5 shots of B&W left in my 120S, what to do, what to shoot...

Does anyone else tend towards color or B&W based on where you live in the world or seasonally based on the quality of light?

branches, originally uploaded by LeandroF.

Street Palms
originally uploaded by LeandroF.

Holga 120S, expired Ilford HP5 Plus B&W 120 film. Pushed +1/2. Scanned from negative.


  1. I find it hard to choose B+W on a sunny day, no matter where I am, another color roll nearly always ends up getting loaded.
    That said though, a nice bright B+W set is great, you just have to push past the pre-conceived vision of nice warm summer tones to get there!

  2. Great shots! I guess for winter shots we tend to use more black and white, Chicago winters can be very grey and I guess that doesn't matter that much with b&w film



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