Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Preserve

I have been cleaning and organizing my hard drive and I have decided to post some of my first photographs from my adventures down here in south Florida. Last year was the first year that I lived here during the winter season and being a lover of the outdoors I of course went to multiple nature preserves. Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Preserve was a nice place, this was also the first place where I saw alligators in the wild…. and it was a big guy! The picture I posted of the gator I took from my phone. This gator sure was a smart one just sitting around waiting at the fishing pier to snag someone’s catch… I went back a few weeks ago and he was still holding his territory strong a year later.

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Holga and 120

When I was in my senior year of college, I was introduced to a Holga camera and 120mm film.  In my opinion, that was way too late in my photographic career;  I fell head over heels IN LOVE! I suppose it is because I love surprises and with a “toy camera” (it’s made of plastic) you never, ever know what the outcome will be until the film is developed so it is always a surprise.

Now I know that with other film cameras this is the same case. You never really know what you have until developing day and when you make your contact sheets(Oh the darkroom, how I miss you)!

Ahem, anyway like I was saying; with a traditional film camera SLR or single lens reflex to be technical, you are in total control of everything. Holga on the other hand have two light settings (sunny and partly cloudy) which by the way are just picture symbols. Then there are four focal point settings which described by the pictures on the camera. Those settings focus on one person, three people, seven people and a mountain; Add in some glorious light leaks and streaks and the possibilities are endless!

I’ve posted some of the pictures I took while I was in school and introduced you (if you didn’t already know) to Holga and 120 film. On an impulse I purchased a surprise pack of 5 different films which I am now in the process of shooting, developing, and editing. I hope you enjoy my photographs and look forward to being just as surprised as I will be for how and when the new rolls will come out!

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