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

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I try to be a fun aunt

Blanket

On February 14th my newest nephew was born (yes, on Valentines day). As a gift I crocheted a blanket for his crib which you can see a piece of above. I am so amazed by newborn babies, that such little creatures are fully realised humans with all the same organs and limbs as me. With the same biological processes and the same instincts (I also cry when I puke, it sucks).

So now my second brother is a father too, and our family grows larger. I try to be a fun aunt, one who can be trusted like an adult but who also gets that playtime is fun and that kids ask questions about the world because they want to learn how it works. My oldest nephew is like that, he ask about everything and he talks and talks and talks. It can be tiring, but I also love that he is that way.

Watching

When the carnival came around again I spend the day with my oldest brother and his family. We watched the carnivals parade in Prinsenbeek, which is a parade with children groups in it and now that the boys are in school they meet classmates who are in the parade or watching as well. And in the afternoon I took the boys to go see the Lego Movie. We had to rush because we were a bit late (my lovely sister-in-law drove us to the theatre and picked us up again afterwards, I think she spend the entire day driving us from and too places since she also brought me to the train station at the end of the day) but we managed to get there right when the previews started.

I love legos, and so do the boys. (My niece is still a little young for them, and she is a really cute girly-girl who loves nail polish and already picks out her own outfits. But I will get her some legos when she gets old enough. 🙂 ) So when I heard that the Lego Movie was really good it seemed like a fun thing to share with my nephews. It was awesome. I had bought them both popcorn and the oldest asked me if I “was her” when the girl lego (Wyldstyle) first appeared. He himself was Superman. He had spend most of the day telling me about the bits he had seen in the trailer beforehand. The youngest was just really quiet and impressed with everything he saw.

I like being a fun aunt. I like that they comment on the colour of my hair every time they see me, and that I get to explain that I’m going to get a tattoo in June and that it’s like a picture on your skin that grown ups can get. (My nephews headcanon is that tattoos keep hurting for children and that’s why they are for a adults. This is not something I told him, but how he explained away that I said you need to be 18 to go get one.) And while I might never become a parent myself, I love that I have kids in my life who can rely on me and to who I am important. I am an aunt, and I am good at being one.

The parade:

Boefjes

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More photos from the parade below the fold!
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I’m addicted to awesome lego sets

I love getting myself cool large nerdy lego sets and spending a couple of hours building them. I love having them in my home and proudly display them. But I’m running out of room! I just got myself the Star Wars Millennium Falcon set and now I am searching for somewhere to put it. Funnily enough this is my first Star Wars set. Even though it it I think the largest lego line tied to films and I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I could remember.
I’ve got loads of Lord of the Rings sets, and also some Harry Potter and some Avengers. Also the haunted house, which isn’t tied to a film series but is really great set.

At some point I want to make a video showing off all my legos, possibly a nice project for when I have some extra time off after Christmas. 🙂
In the meantime I posted some pics on instagram about the Millennium Falcon:

Halloween! A post that is late

And just like that it’s been a month since I posted anything here. A Whole month in which I worked on a new issue of The Anglerfish, went to FACTS, celebrated my nieces 3rd birthday and joined my nephews on a Halloween walk that scared the crap out of them. A month in which I lost my internet connection and re-established it, started my own Redbubble shop and watched a bunch of tv-shows and films.

So, Halloween! It’s an American holiday that is becoming more and more a part of Dutch culture too. I like it, I used to be a scaredy cat when I was little but now I love scary things. (Possibly because I don’t find them to be super scary anymore but just fun.) So in the week before Halloween when I was at my brothers to celebrate my nieces third birthday (I got her dress up wings and my little ponies and she enjoyed being all sweet and cuddly with me) at night there was also a Halloween themed walk that I joined my nephews on (4 and 6 years old). It was at night, we all got lanterns and there were people dressed up as all sorts of creepy crawly things hidden in the woods and telling stories, it was awesome. My youngest nephew got a little too scared, so in some parts I carried him and kept him away from any hidden monsters I could spot. I thought the walk was very cool and a great way of incorporating the holiday into our own lives without trying to trick-or-treat in a place where very few people would actually have candy to give out. On the actual evening of Halloween I got home late from work and spend the night building this awesome Haunted House lego set that I had treated myself to while watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, a film which I love with all my heart.

And speaking of Halloween, it was naturally the theme of the October issue of The Anglerfish, for which I drew the cover. That’s right! I did a cover!

Halloween cover

This is the version without the logo, go look at the actual magazine to see it in context.

I’ll discuss some of the other stuff I did this month in other posts!

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