Photographer's Note

I got a new camera yesterday and here is the first shot I have taken and scanned. Getting even one photo ready is quite a task with this one. The camera is a Holga, which is a 6*6 medium format film camera, with a very plastic case, a plastic lens and almost no way to adjust for exposure or even for focus really. Nonetheless, Holga has quite a following. Hopefully this is not the best photo from the roll; it is simply the first I have scanned.

The reason this takes me so long to get a photo prepared is that first I have to process the film, then scan it. Nothing too strange in that. However, my problem is that I don't have a scanner that will do medium format film, just a 35mm film scanner. So, what I do is to take a scan, reposition the film in its holder, do another, reposition and do another and reposition and finally do one more scan. This leaves me with four scans to create a single image. After this, I merge them all in PhotoMerge.

The sprockets and logo you see are not Photoshoppery. I used 35mm film in the MF body, which exposes past the film advance sprockets. This is the reason for the four scans as opposed to two as well.

This is a street vendor very close to my house. He sells eggs boiled in soya sauce, a very common treat here.

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