In which more commute drawings are imaginary polaroids

Sunday: Today I am a sculptor. Working on high lights! Funnily enough two people instantly replied with the words “Don’t Blink!”, one on twitter and one of facebook. Yay for Doctor Who references.

No drawing for Monday because I was in a super full train. I did have a place to sit, but taking out my art supplies for a drawing felt like it would get in the way of others.

Tuesday: A star tattoo. Of course I only realised the thumbnail should be facing forward with this pose when I was just about finished. Oh well, this is how I learn. And I really should watch my own hands more.

Wednesday: Hair closeup imaginary polaroid. Watercolour pencils in my Moleskine sketchbook. I only have a few pages left and then I’m starting a new sketchbook. I got a travel journal by hahnemuehle, I hope I’ll like the paper! The lady in the shop let me try out some water colour pencils and a copic marker on a test sketchbook. I like the structure of the paper for pencil drawings and water colour pencils, for copic markers it will suck up a bit more ink than I would like, but I can still use them. I’m currently really focused on the drawing and erasing and using water colours, so that was the most important factor to consider.

Thursday: Were you the kid that drew on the walls? I wasn’t as far as I know. So here I am drawing on imaginary walls! This #commutedrawing fills up the last page in my Moleskine sketchbook, next week will be the start of the new one. I’m curious to see how the different paper will feel once I’m actually working on it every day.

It’s a little crazy how fast I went through my sketchbook once I started this commute drawing project. Before that it had lasted me for years. I used a different sketchpad for my daily drawings last year (which I kept up for a month), because they were practice sketches from an instruction book. My sketchbook generally holds more completed drawings and paintings. I like how I’ve found a nice middle ground with the imaginary polaroids and other drawings I’ve made in this project.

#commutedrawing week 6
#commutedrawing week 5
#commutedrawing week 4
#commutedrawing week 3
#commutedrawing week 2
#commutedrawing week 1

When I drew every day for a month last year

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Holga lens testing

Shoes

I’ve had my Holga 135 for a while and it is a nice toy camera, so I wanted to do more with it. There are some accessories for Holgas that give you more options as a photographer and I got myself a couple of them.

I had ordered the Holga close up lens set and the wide angle lens and I was excited to start trying them out when I got them. When I opened the package however, it seemed there had been made a mistake and instead of getting the close up lenses I got the prisma lenses that would split the image. Not having a way of using those and them not being what I’d ordered I emailed Lomography.com (where I had ordered them from) with this conundrum. They gave a really fast reply that the correct lenses were on their way to me and that I wouldn’t have to return the wrong ones. Good customer service is good! When the close up lenses arrived they had also given me a free mount for the prisma lenses so I could use them as well.

I put Fuji Superia 200 film (that had expired in 2012) in my Holga and went on to try all my new lenses. I was a little worried about using 200 iso film while my Holga hasn’t got a light meter and can generally do better with 400 iso film, but I just thought I would use the B setting a little more and leave the shutter open a bit longer. I am quite unsteady however and that means I can’t actually use the B setting without the camera being on a tripod or a flat surface, unless I don’t mind having blurry shots. Thankfully it turns out that the wide angle lens actually picks up a bit more light so that helped. (See the shoes at the top of this post.)

Watertoren

I put the Holga on my gorillapod with the wide angle lens on and aimed it at the train window when I was returning home after a late shift at work.

Train window

Train window

Next up I tried out the close up lenses! There are three in the set which have a focal distance of 500 mm, 250 mm and 120 mm. The only way of making sure your subject is in focus is by having it at exactly that distance, which is really hard!

I took some selfies with the 500 mm lens and the diana bulb flash.

Close up self

close up self

I think I look really nice in them, but I could have gotten the focus better.
Of course, I managed it better than with the 250 mm lens:

Thor bothering Fury

Yeah, I was trying to have Lego Thor be in focus. Oops.
But when I got to the 120 mm lens I did not fail!

Nick Fury

Look at the detail on Lego Director Fury!

I also tried out the split lenses that I had gotten by accident. I think some are a little off because the subject (myself) was closer to the camera then what works best for the splitting.

Split selfie Split watertoren

Split Mustache

Split street

Split straatweg

Lomography and making mistakes

Despite the general out of focusness and the cutting off of the head, I do really like this photo:

On a stump

I keep making these same mistakes. Trusting the viewfinder when I should know by now that the closer I am to my subject the more it will not line up with what the lens actually captures. And I often get closer than the 1m focal distance of the lenses. It’s how the pictures of my friend Annes birthday all turned out blurry. Surprisingly, I have much better results with the 35mm back on my Diana. The 35mm photos of my friend Thomas birthday turned out really nice. (I’ll show them in a next post.) Because I am much more aware of the size of the film capturing less than I see through the viewfinder I pay much more attention to the framing and the taking enough distance to get my subject in frame. Or it may just be that I feel I get more good shots per film roll because a 35mm roll can fit 27 or 36 frames while a 120mm roll only has 12 or 16.

Still, I have a couple of nice results on this 120mm roll as well!
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