This is my "spooky woods." I always look behind me here and expect to see a Hobbit or Elf peeking at me. I suppose the Northwoods rivers are just enchanting and that is why we get those strange feelings. This one flows into the Bad River and then into Superior.
I am going to miss this Holga 120 Pan tremendously, as it has turned into my favorite camera, but I made final arrangements on the phone today with Randy Smith of Holgamods, to transform her into this.....
I supply Randy with a 90mm large format lens and Telex rangefinder (both acquired from Ebay), and he mounts the large format wide angle lens on a focusing helicoid, establishes focusing distance marks, cleans and calibrates the rangefinder, etc. In essence, it will be close to having an ultralight little view camera. As I have been able to get nice images with the shit plastic lens, this should be even a bigger improvement. I found a 90mm graflex optar 6.8 lens that in the 50's and 60's, was used on the old 4x5 graflex press cameras for 80 bucks on Ebay and the German Telex rangefinder, wich was harder to find, was only 30 bucks. Instead of having to guess focus, I will be able to know exactly. I will also have a choice of F stops from 6.8 to 33 and a choice of shutter speeds up to 1/500th-all in a camera light enough to backpack with. Part of it is a hoot for me, as he covers it in Faux Ostrich Skin. Ha. His website has all of his Holga mods, in addition to other professionally designed products for both Holga and other cameras, including his own line of large format wide angle cameras, Davinci pinhole cameras, and more. With the use of a new 3D printer, his ideas have become boundless. A very nice gentleman to boot. The only downside of all of this is I will be without my camera for up to 8 weeks, due to the demand for his work.
"If you don't decide what your life is about, it defaults to what you spend your days doing." ~Robert Brault