Flora - robertsjohnj

Last Rays of Sun

This is my pet Azalea. When I bought it 6 years ago, I pruned it somewhat like the rest of my Bonsai plants. I wanted it to have cloud-like layers of blossoms. But by the third year, it began to bloom so profusely that I haven't had the heart to keep shaping it. Now it grows as it will and is still a huge delight, especially as the setting sun illuminates it.

Some of you may remember a few months ago when I was bemoaning the fact that I didn't have a medium format camera. Well, today I got one. But it wasn't the $30,000 Hasselblad that I was hoping for. Instead it was a $30 Holga 120N. It shoots 6x6 120 film just like the Hasselblad but after that they are in very separate universes.

After delving into digital lomography last week, I just had to try it on film. And a conversation with Amy at http://dogdreamzzz.smugmug.com/ was the final impetus.

The fun began when I tried to start the roll of 12 exposure, 120 film onto the take-up spool while standing in the dark. Something I haven't done in over 40 years.

The operators guide came with instructions on how to use gaffers tape to seal the seams against light leaks and how to use a piece of cardboard torn from the shipping box to apply tension to the supply spool to keep the film from going slack.

I hope to have some results to share with you next week. In the meantime, wiki Holga to learn more if you wish. (At least two sources say wiki is an acceptable verb.)

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