We had a major blooming of the Cereus aka “Queen of the Night” a few nights ago. About 20 blooms opened just before midnight after spending most of the day swelling during the heat of the day. Marks and I once again decided that we were going to try and capture this beauty to share with you. This time I used the Holga 120N and a tripod.
The Holga is a cheap little plastic medium format film camera with a plastic lens. Using the Holga for any type of photography can both surprise and amaze. There is a lack of precision as the camera body suffers from light leaks and the images are anything but sharp with a softness, also called “vignetting” around the edges. No two Holgas will provide the same images. Each is unique. It causes the photographer to concentrate on creativity instead of expensive camera technology.
Lighting was done with a handheld flashlight. Exposures were calculated with that flashlight and a light meter to get a ballpark figure and the rest was guess work. Exposures ranged from 2 to 15 seconds. I am always amazed that a little plastic camera with a plastic lens is so rewarding. I wanted a softness to show off this beauty but I didn’t want to forfeit any of the detail.
“Save me for the night time
As darkness surrounds
When there no one there
But you wish to sound
Sightless by this darkness
Voices pass the night
But with the raising sun
These now fade from sight
Protected by this cover
Hidden from all to see
We spend the night together
You, the darkness, and me”
©G.E. Graves 2012
“From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson”
“Surely divine that star that shines:
“In brightest day. In darkest night”.
Queen of the night, love at first sight.
The Angel of the North and the Aphrodite.”
Excerpt from “Queen of the Night” by Toks Hussain
The flowers themselves are the size of a side plate when fully opened and appear to be constantly moving gently to attract pollinators.
All the images you see above were scanned from the silver gelatin prints we produced in our darkroom. Carbon toner was used in a split toning method.
Shooting and darkroom details can be found here:-
Enjoy and have a great week 🙂