The bad is that my film re-wind does not work. This means that my camera is good for only one roll of film in the field. I broke the first roll in camera. Now I unload in a black changing bag; roll and tank it for immediate developing.
The images above were shot on Ilford Pan F Plus iso 50 with a 2-stop loss neutral density filter. As you can see above the dreamlike Holga “effect” comes through nicely, but the exposure still needs work. I didn’t do much to them in Photoshop, I'm keeping it real for you, warts and all. Both images needed a small amount of additional light but as I look at the first image, I wonder if by adding flash would this have blown out the soft edges and dreamlike quality.
For my third roll of Pan F, I used a Sunpak Auto 555 flash. You’re probably asking yourselves, “why such a big flash with a plastic camera?” Stability. The bracket is great for keeping the lightweight plastic camera level, and the flash output can be adjusted. I’ll abruptly sum up my flash pictures as erratic - without examples. Exposure ranged from over to under to perfect. My emotional range ran equally tri-polar.
There’s this great line from Gael Garcia Bernal’s character in Mozart in The Jungle (Amazon Prime) S1-E1, where after being publicly censured, he smiles, and calmly says, “Changes will be made.” Anyone who has ever used a Holga knows that this camera does not produce a sense of calm however, changes will be made.