Greg Monroe's
HOLGA PHOTOGRAPHY
The Holga 120N is a very simple, all plastic camera with only the very basic necessities for picture taking: a single 1/125th shutter speed, only two apertures, guestimate focusing, no exposure meter, no frame counter, no ISO setting, and nothing automatic. For this author, there is something about a vintage photo that rivets my attention, and the slightly soft image, scratches, light leaks, lens flare, corner vignetting, contrast problems, image blurring and other imperfections which mimick photos from vintage cameras make a Holga camera or lens perfect for recreating The LOVELY LOOK of LONG AGO with rustic old buildings, antique vehicles, steam engines, and other nostalgic subjects.  Holgas can also be used for  FUN, MYSTERIOUS & WHIMSICAL  photos, along with certain alterations in Photoshop (such as enriched or muted color, removal of parts of the image, increased contrast, etc. as seen in some of the below photos) to enhance the mysterious or fun look.   And FAUX HOLGA  illustrates creating a Holga "look" with any regular photo. Finally,  HOLGA TIPS  gives advice on getting the most from a Holga, including computer techniques.


The LOVELY LOOK of LONG AGO


1875 OLD MISSOURI FIRE HOUSE
(Georgetown, Colorado)


FADED ELEGANCE     (Mill Grove, Missouri)



JUKES TREE
(This 2012 image duplicates the photo of a train passing this distinctive old pine outside Chama, New Mexico taken by Fred Jukes in 1908.)


COXO CROSSING     (Southern Colorado)



REACHING the SUMMIT!     (Cumbres Pass, Southern Colorado)



DISPATCHER'S OFFICE
(South Park City, Fairplay, Colorado.)


The WARRANTY is VOID
(GMC builder's plate reads: "Overloading and Overspeed Voids the Warranty.")


BATTLE MOUNTAIN RUST
(On Battle Mountain, near Victor, Colorado.)


1941 CHEVY



FLAT TIRES     (Georgetown, Colorado)



FORD REARS



CLOSED     (Aroya, Colorado)


MICHIGAN HOMESTEAD
(Near Stephenson, Michigan)



AMISH SHOPPING DAY     (Jamesport, Missouri)



1922 PHILLIPS 66     (Lathrop, Missouri)



GRAHAM BROTHERS DODGE TRUCK
(Bird City, Kansas)


OLD HAULER



STEEL WHEELS     (Bird City, Kansas)


STEAMING IRON     (Bird City, Kansas)


JULY THRESHING     (Bird City, Kansas)


1917 STEAM SHOVEL    (Cripple Creek, Colorado)



STARK BROTHERS STORE
(St. Elmo, Colorado)


CRIPPLE CREEK BACK ALLEY
(Cripple Creek, Colorado)



MAXWELL HOUSE
(Georgetown, Colorado)


KITCHEN LIGHT
(South Park City, Fairplay, Colorado)



FORGOTTEN PORCH     (Alma, Colorado)


SIDE DOOR     (Georgetown, Colorado)



ALL THAT is LEFT



ON BLOCKS     (Ramah, Colorado)



CORNER STORE     (Como, Colorado)


CORNER STATION     (New Raymer, Colorado)



THERESA MINE SHAFT HOUSE
(Battle Mountain, Goldfield, Colorado)


VINDICATOR ORE HOUSE     (Victor, Colorado)



INDEPENDENCE MINE     (Victor, Colorado)


VINATGE CAMERA



HOME    (Silver Plume, Colorado)


COMMUNITY CHURCH     (Hillrose, Colorado)



1874 SHELDON JACKSON MEMORIAL CHAPEL    (Fairplay, Colorado)


SCHOOL is OUT     (Aroya, Colorado)



COLORADO ASPEN


FALL WAGON     (Ashcroft, Colorado)



TREE TRUCKS     (Ward, Colorado)


BLUE MODEL A



1923 MODEL T



YELLOW BIRDHOUSE
(By the old Fairplay, Colorado courthouse.)


GOLDFIELD FIRE HOUSE     (Goldfield, Colorado)




GALLOPIN' GOOSE
(Colorado RR Museum, Golden, Colorado)


D&RGW 346
(Colorado RR Museum, Golden, Colorado)



CUMBRES RESPITE
(Cumbres Pass, southern Colorado)


DENVER, LEADVILLE & GULF 191
(Colorado RR Museum, Golden, Colorado)



UNION PACIFIC "BIG BOY" 4005
(At Forney Transportation Museum, Denver, Colorado.)


C&S 1006 "BOBBER" CABOOSE
(Silver Plume, Colorado)
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FAUX HOLGA        HOLGA TIPS


FUN, MYSTERIOUS & WHIMSICAL


LOOKING for the SUN



1860s CABIN
(Littleton Historical Society Farm, Littleton, Colorado)


CHRISTMAS CAT



JEEP



208mm HOWITZER     (Ft. Carson, Colorado)



ABRAMS TANK     (Ft. Carson, Colorado)



BATHTUB NASH     (Ramah, Colorado)


LEANING TREE



IN YOUR FACE!    (Denver Zoo)




1931 CAMPER     (Cody, Wyoming)



SHOE TRUCK     (Ward, Colorado)


(Same subject with outdated film.)



BI-PLANE


PATTON TANK     (Ft. Carson, Colorado)



CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR LEAVING DENVER





CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR    (Plainview, Colorado)



PANTHERA TIGRIS ALTAICA     (Denver Zoo)


URSUS MARITIMUS     (Denver Zoo)





485 CASE



'47 CHEVY FOR SALE


ROLLING ADVERTISEMENT    (Cripple Creek, Colorado)



PANAMA CANAL STEAM SHOVEL
(Nederland, Colorado)

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The LOVELY LOOK of LONG AGO        FUN, MYSTERIOUS & WHIMSICAL        HOLGA TIPS


FAUX HOLGA


FOR SALE in OKLAHOMA
Vignetting and image softness added.



CHAMA RR STATION     (New Mexico)
Vignetting and image softness added.



1939 PLYMOUTH COUPE     (Silver Plume, Colorado)
Vignetting and image softness added.



TRIPLEHEADED STEAM     (Chama, New Mexico)
Vignetting and image softness added.




1940 and 1960 CHEVYS     (Near Menominee, Michigan)
Vignetting and image softness added.


MOUNTAIN CABIN     (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
Vignetting and image softness added.



SHADE TREE A     (Near Menominee, Michigan)
Vignetting and image softness added.



WEST SIDE LUMBER #9     (Silver Plume, Colorado)
Vignetting and image softness added.


CIVIL WAR TROOP
APS film camera.



DENVER, LEADVILLE & GULF 191
(Colorado RR Museum, Golden, Colorado)
Lensbaby lens.


KEIICHI HOUSE     (Keiichi, Louisiana)
APS film camera.



1930s DUMP TRUCK     (Cripple Creek, Colorado)
Lensbaby lens, vignetting added.



STEAM TRACTOR     (Cripple Creek, Colorado)
Lensbaby lens, vignetting added.



'28 DODGE 6     (Rocky Ford, Colorado)
Lensbaby lens, vignetting added.



'39 FORD     (Near Rocky Ford, Colorado)
Lensbaby lens, vignetting added.



1925 MASSEY HARRIS 4-WHEEL DRIVE TRACTOR     (Strausburg, Colorado)
Lensbaby lens, vignetting added.



GOLD HILL T     (Gold Hill, Colorado)
Lensbaby lens, vignetting added.



BIGGERSVILLE RUST     (Biggersville, Mississippi)
2MP digital camera, vignetting added.



LEAVING STERLING     (Colorado)
35mm camera and 400mm lens, vignetting and contrast added.



SADDLE TANK LOCO    
(Colorado RR Museum, Golden, Colorado)
2MP digital camera, vignetting added.


BLUE BUG
2MP digital camera, vignetting added.
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Last Updated April 18, 2015         All photos and other material on this site are © Greg Monroe Photography.