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Although late fall and early winter is a definite off season for outdoor photography in Michigan, I still carry a Holga or other toy camera around in the car. It’s more or less drive-by shooting – when something of interest catches my eye I either hold the camera up to the window, or hop out of the car, and grab a quick shot.
Here are a few recent (late October – November) shots. The full set is in the image stream.
“Waiting for a Train” is probably the best of the batch. Probably because I had so much time available to work on perfecting the shot (I really was waiting on a rather long train.). There’s something appealing about the basic sense of perspective in a shot like this.
Scanning the film introduced a few annoyances, though. I often marvel at the ability of the film scanner to pull detail out of the thinnest of negatives. In this case the lower potion of the train is all but clear on the film – there’s nothing there, not light got in and hit those silver crystals.
But still the scanner tries to pull more detail out. In this case the result is a lot of noise mucking up what should be the dark, near silhouette of the train. Well, maybe a re-scan will help things along….
The skeleton is, of course, a Halloween decoration. In this case it was hanging blandly on the front door a house near a stop light. The original capture on the Holga was OK, but boring. So it was transformed from a junk-camera shot, to a junk-manipulated digital image. Of well, you gotta do something to keep from being bored in the cold dark months…