For week 3 of 52 Cameras, 52 Weeks, we have the HolgaGlo 120N with expired Kodak Portra 160NC. I had recently been given the expired Kodak Portra 160NC by a close friend after he found it an old darkroom, he thought I might want to try it out to see what I would get with it. I have used the HolgaGlo 120N in my collection before, but only once to shoot a roll of Shanghai GP3 100 black and white film to try it out after I first bought it. I wanted to use color film in the camera, which I developed with a new Unicolor C-41 home developing kit that I bought from the Film Photography Project Store. This is my third kit, I've had good results from the previous kits, but my last one was greatly expired, time for a new kit.
For this week's roll of film, we took a trip down to the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River on the border of Cecil and Harford Counties, Maryland. The Conowingo Dam is known for it's winter Bald Eagle population, as the birds come here to feed off the abundance of fish that are released through the turbines of the dam at times, which according to the visitor center hostess, the eagles anticipate when the warning lights start to flash. I wasn't really thinking that I would capture a Bald Eagle photo on my Holga camera, I just thought it would be fun to take a few shots of the dam and maybe a few things along the drive there and back. The weather was perfect, sunny and not too cold. We packed a picnic lunch, our cameras and binoculars, and had an enjoyable couple of hours watching the birds and talking to fellow photographers while we were there. A nice couple told us about the visitor center, so we stopped in and had a very informative conversation with the visitor center hostess about the construction and history of the dam and surrounding areas, as well as information about the Bald Eagle population.
Back to the Holga - In addition to the Conowingo photos, I also tried a few photos with a flash. I enjoy shooting with it, I just need to remember to set the focus before I take a shot. The film came out pretty nice, some color shifting and blue vignetting, but overall I like the color in these. I had shot another roll of this film with the HolgaGlo at Gettysburg, but that's not in this week's post, you'll have to check out my Flickr page to see those shots.