Yunji on Holga

This blog entry is going to be a wee bit more technical than usual as there is no other way of writing it (other than being technical). Difficult problems at times present us with unique opportunities although it may not seem immediately apparent. Such was the case for the photo shoot with Yunji on a gloomy rainy day and to think that it was unbearably hot just a week ago. The quality of light was really poor plus the fact that my Holga could only shoot at a fixed speed (1/125) and aperture (f/8.0), I was left with little choice but to do this shoot at a speed of ISO12,500 (read twelve thousand five hundred) on the Ilford Delta 3200. I’ve never been a great fan of Ilford’s Delta series as it lack the contrast and feel of Kodak 400TX, my staple film which I’m more familiar with for my black & white works. But like I said, this less-than-ideal situation has given me a unique opportunity to shoot at an ISO speed I have never attempted before. The result was in many ways much better than what I expected and I was surprised that it wasn’t as grainy as I thought it would be. All in all, an experiment that provided me with more options in terms technical possibilities.


Cam: Holga 120GN. Film: Ilford Delta 3200, pushed +2 stops


Cam: Holga 120GN. Film: Ilford Delta 3200, pushed +2 stops


Cam: Holga 120GN. Film: Ilford Delta 3200, pushed +2 stops


Cam: Holga 120GN. Film: Kodak TRI-X, pushed +2 stops


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

June 7, 2008 at 6:43 am

Wow! Can really see the difference between the two types of film. Thanks for sharing! =)

Brian Ho
June 7, 2008 at 6:58 am

Thanks Mike,Hey, we should catch up one of these days – both Marilyn and yourself.Cheers,Brian

June 7, 2008 at 9:24 am

No problem. Let’s arrange again. =)

June 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm

nice experiment, will note it for future