the holga effect


Recently a friend introduced me to this cool little site, Picnik which is great for some fantastic photo processing. Since I have never really warmed up to Photoshop (read: too intimidated by complicated software) , this one is great for me if I am not really happy with an image straight from the camera. And I’m addicted. I especially love the various effects they have.

Today’s experiment is with the Holga effect. I hadn’t paid much attention to the names of the various effects but learnt today that the Holga is a plastic camera which apparently has a cult following among some photographers. The unique features about it is that it provides blurry, vignetted images with soft focus which are used to create artistic perspectives. Now if those words don’t mean much to you, it just means that it allowed to create gritty, dark images which can work wonders on certain compositions.

If you want to know more about the technical mumbo jumbo, there’s lots of info here.

Anyway, so here’s my original image (see the bokeh.. I’m mighty pleased!)
This was taken just after the rain from a moving car .. so the composition isn’t all that interesting. But I loved the effect of the rain drops on the window glass and was looking for something to bring that out and distract from the rather mundane background..

and this is the one with Picnik’s version of the holga effect..

As my boss says.. you live and learn.


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