First Holga 120 WPC Results

I got my first roll developed shot with the Holga 120 WPC! It turned out to be less bad than I expected ๐Ÿ™‚ I do know why they invented the Hasselblad haha and proper lenses but this is really fun. Going out with this camera is fun, guestimating exposure time is fun, working this with multiple-second-exposures using only available “tripods” (rocks, walls, etc) is fun. After having used collodion for years where I try to be as exact as possible, after using Leica and Hasselblad for their superior optics this pinhole really brings back a different joy in photography. The images are just as delirious as the way of photographing, I like it! I forgot how much fun photography is without all the frikkin’ rules ๐Ÿ™‚


It was fun to look at the red window on the back of the camera to see when the numbering started. I doubted at “1” so took it to “2” for my first shot (now I know better haha!). And later on I seemed to have forgotten to wind it all the way or something as I ended up with half an image (though no overlaps). With lith printing I see how I can make use of this camera. I do have some fine-tuning to do regarding exposing. I took in account the guidelines on the back of the camera which indicate 7-9 seconds for Fine Weather, 10-12 seconds for Overcast and 13 seconds and upwards for Morning or Dusk. I only overlooked the 100 asa bit and thought, yeah, they say this but with such a pinched aperture I’d better expose some more like double their time ๐Ÿ™‚ I used Kodak Tri-X 400 so when I got to my third film and realised this I completely expected this to be a really dense film. Butโ€ฆit wasn’t as bad as I figured. Soโ€ฆI’ll keep on extending exposure a little but not double and keep more detail in the sky-bits.


Anyway, I like it and have already shot my third roll. I’ll probably keep them and develop them myself (hope I can bring a little more patience to the table until the new darkroom is up and running) so next results will have to wait but I’m really happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Also looking forward trying these the lith way, especially the close-up of the grass, I really like this sort of imagery. What’s the most important thing I have learned from this? HAVE FUN SHOOTING! ๐Ÿ™‚ (notice all the smileys in this post haha)! The last image I’m posting has been shot through our gate at work when it was raining. Exposure time was pretty long…


10 responses

  1. Have fun shooting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 15, 2014 at 04:54

  2. I like the result! I was thinking of getting one but with the lens. Maybe in a few months. Indra, does the negative fits on 4×5 holder for enlargements?

    January 15, 2014 at 16:25

    • Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰ I ordered the 4×5 holder with AN glass to keep it flat. From the looks of it it will fit but will post an image of a negative in the holder once I receive it if you like.

      January 15, 2014 at 17:14

      • Thanks Indra! ๐Ÿ™‚ Will wait for that.

        January 21, 2014 at 19:15

  3. Love the first photo, the sky looks great. I really want this camera to add to my Holga collection.

    January 16, 2014 at 10:25

  4. Good work!

    January 17, 2014 at 15:28

    • Thank you Jesus! Waiting for more results to come in, I like this camera ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 18, 2014 at 18:34

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