It all starts and ends with the sea

An old wooden drainage pipe support extends out into the ocean at the Sunset Beach section of Cape May New Jersey.  This was the first outing with the Holga 120 PAN 6x12 panoramic camera.  I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and the lack of light leaks in the plastic camera.  I was expecting much more of a "Holga look" to the scanned images.  My next step with this setup is to locate a suitable 90mm large format lens, m42 adapters and various other components to turn the camera into a Holagon which replaces the built-in plastic lens with a true glass high quality lens, as shown here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/regular_rod/sets/72157630921408112/  That might end up being a Winter time project. 

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Camera: Holga 120 PAN Panoramic 6x12 medium format camera

Lens: Built-in 90mm lens

Film: Kodak TMax 400 120 film shot at box speed

Settings: I metered the shot with the Pocket Light Meter app on the iPhone, figuring out what aperture I would have to get at 1/125th shutter speed which is the stated fixed shutter speed of the built-in lens.  The calculations I worked out said I needed around F22(ish) for the exposure and since the fixed aperture of the Holga 120 PAN is around F11/F13, I mounted a Cokin two stop neutral density filter into a Cokin Pro-Z 100mm square filter holder and fixed it via a step up ring, to the lens barrel of the Holga.  That gave me roughly the exposure neighborhood I needed for the shot. Nothing is an exact science with this camera. Camera mounted on a sturdy tripod and shutter released via Holga 156120 shutter cable release cable/adapter. 

Development: Self Developed film in Kodak Xtol 1:2 in Paterson Universal Tank.  12 1/2 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius.  Tap water stop bath.  Ilford Rapid Fixer.  Photo-Flo.  Hung on shower curtain to dry on film clips. 

Scanning: Negative scanned with Epson V600.