7 Squared 49 Pictures of San Francisco
These images are part of a series entitled 7 Squared, 49 Pictures of San Francisco. The images were shot using a Holga camera. The Holga camera is a plastic manual camera that was first introduced to the Chinese public in 1981. The camera is made entirely from plastic including the lens, the body and the viewfinder. It takes 120 size film and can be formatted to shoot 6x4.5 or 6x6 cm. The plastic lens has a focal length of approximately 60mm. and the aperture can vary from about f/8 to f/11. The shutter speed is about 1/100th of a second.
There are only two settings for shooting; sunny and cloudy.
In this age of high technology, the Holga is anything but that. Due to the fact that all the components are plastic, there can be unexpected surprises that result in a more creative final image. There is a whole world of Holga enthusiasts that exploit these unique qualities to produce interesting and original work.
My aim in using a Holga to shoot San Francisco was to make images that look somewhat more retro in appearance. There are ways to manipulate the Holga inside the camera body to achieve the fuzzy borders. It also has a tendency to be sharper in the center and fall out around the edges creating a less precise look. Since I have lived in San Francisco for over 30 years, this is my homage to the city that I love.
Jeanne Hauser, Photographer
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