Kodak T-Max 100 on Holga 120 WPC
When the opportunity to acquire a Holga 120WPC (wide pinhole camera) came my way, I couldn’t resist. I’ve been interested in pinhole photography for awhile, inspired by work I’ve seen on Flickr, and by the idea of getting closer to the basics of photography with a slower, more hands-on process. I’m also happy to add another Holga to my collection.
The WPC doesn’t have a viewfinder; images are sighted, composed, and leveled using three line/points on top of the camera, along with a built-in bubble level which is very handy.
There are two mask: a 6x9 for 8 images, and a 6x12 for 6 images. According to the specs, the WPC has a horizontal exposure angle reaching as far as 120 degrees. A standard tripod mount and threaded shutter release button accommodate the tripod and cable release necessary for long exposures, and on the back of the camera is an exposure guide. 120 film is loaded in the same fashion as a regular Holga, and in order to get the correct number of exposures, the film is wound by advancing to odd numbers; i.e., after 1, you wind to 3, then 5, and so on.
The pinhole itself is approximately 0.3mm, which translates to f/135. There’s a lot of information out there about correct exposure times but for now I’m going to follow the simple guide and experiment to find what works best for me. Also, I know there’s going to be a learning curve figuring out the subject framing and distance.
My WPC came pre-loaded with T-Max 100, compliments of the friend I got the camera from, and it was a great choice. I’m fairly new to T-Max, and have been pleased so far with the results in other cameras, and here, too. The 6x9 mask was in place.
For my first pinhole adventure, my daughter and I went to China Camp Beach, which is the site of a long-abandoned fishing village that thrived in the late 1800’s. Right on the bay, with a few abandoned buildings, old boats, and a pier, its a very atmospheric and interesting place to take photographs. These images were shot mid-day, but since its winter the sun was low, and the sky was fairly overcast. Following the exposure guide, I did approximately 10 second exposures, except for the double exposures in which I split the time.
I had very little idea what I was doing, so I’m pleased with this first attempt and encouraged to do more. I love the dreamy quality to pinhole photography. I also love the process of setting up to capture the image. I’m looking forward to many pinhole adventures, and am excited I can return to places I’ve already been and capture something completely different.