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So you didn't get invited to any Halloween parties but you laid down benjamins for a costume but you don't feel like competing with four and five-year-olds for candy that will give you cavities (crowns and root canals now if you are over the age of 30) anyways? Well, one last chance to live your alter ego out and recapture lost youth. Once again, the town of Chapel Hill presents: THE WORLD'S LARGEST (as far as I know) AND MOST FAMOUS HALLOWEEN STREET PARTY RETURNS TO CHAPEL HILL, OCTOBER 31st. SEE THIS YEAR'S CREEPED OUT COSTUMES AS CREATED BY UNC STUDENTS. STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET AS THOUSANDS OF THE DAMNED AND INSANE WALK TOWARDS YOU. TRY NOT TO FLINCH AS YOU FOCUS YOUR LENS LIKE A WEAPON, SHOOTING RANDOMLY AS THE CROWD APPROACHES...MAYBE YOU'LL GET A FEW GOOD SHOTS OR MAYBE YOU'LL DIE FIGHTING. If the hoards happen to break out from Franklin street and infect other streets and cities you'll have photographic proof that you tried. Forewarned is forearmed and in this case, Chapel hill does do a decent job in publishing its public parking areas: Chapel Hill Public Parking Areas Map (http://www.parkonthehill.com/). If you get there early enough, like around 5, you should be able to find a parking spot. If we meet at Tyler's at 4:30 pm, we won't have a problem with parking since there is a public parking area behind the restaurant. If you show up after 5 you may have to hike in cuz Chapel Hill will start to blockade streets. Let's try to meet at Tyler's Tap Room at around 4:30pm ( https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tyler's+Restaurant+%26+Taproomemail@example.com,-79.0732663,15.96z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x89acc3196411cff5:0xd9a427353ca3d191!2sTyler's+Restaurant+%26+Taproom!8m2!3d35.9102557!4d-79.071974!3m4!1s0x89acc3196411cff5:0xd9a427353ca3d191!8m2!3d35.9102557!4d-79.071974 ). Then we can hike to W. Franklin Street (about 10 minutes, 1 mile). For those wanting to get there later or are not interested in eating, let's plan on congregating at the intersection of Columbia and Franklin street at about 7pm (Top of the Hill restaurant) (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Top+of+the+Hill+Restaurant+%26+Breweryfirstname.lastname@example.org,-79.0561062,299m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xca267e26ec741996!8m2!3d35.9129614!4d-79.0553091?hl=en). My cell number is[masked]. Regardless of participation, I will be there, I love these kinds of events.
This is a potential shoot for the "Land of Oz" theme park in North Carolina’s Beech Mountains as highlighted in several online news channels. Here is a quote from TheCreatorsProject.vice.com: "The park was a tremendous attraction for Wizard of Oz lovers, but it closed just ten years after it opened, after project developers fell into bankruptcy. It has since become a grim artifact where nature is aggressively reclaiming Oz. Photographer Johnny Joo visited the site and photographed the ruins, full of wild roots and thick fog. His eerie portraits capture a magical place that has gradually become the perfect setting for your worst nightmares. " I am looking for folk who have visited before to see if it would be worth the time and money or if this is just the property owner dressed up in a Judy Garland outfit trying to recover their original investment. The dates are limited to June on Fridays AND to specific times, according to their website: http://www.landofoznc.com/#!journeywithdorothy/c1tpe . There are enough reviews on this dilapidated park to contradict one another and you start to think if the reviewers have a stake: https://roadtrippers.com/us/beech-mountain-nc/points-of-interest/land-of-oz-beech-mountain?lat=40.80972&lng=-96.67528&z=5 So I would like to get a first hand account from anyone who has gone before or anyone who knows anyone, BEFORE organizing the 200 mile trip that would include the cost of gas, tickets and organizing the whole thing.
First, watch this clip: Just watch it because it's funny and we can all use a laugh. And Toga sounds like Holga.... (There are a few "adult words," one rhymes with 'bit' and one rhymes with 'truck'.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18eaNSxhK5c Now to the photography stuff.... The Holga (https://microsites.lomography.com/holga/) was designed to be a cheap camera for tourists. Then the internet happened and the hipsters found out about it. They are part of the whole lomography (https://www.lomography.com/) movement, using older film cameras (https://thedarkroom.com/what-is-lomography/) to differentiate your style and vision. And everybody wants to do what the hipsters do. If you shoot with a SonyCaNikonPentaxOly AMark5DK100OMD with 8 bazillion megapickles and a $2500 lens and still complain "it's not sharp enough" or "I can only shoot at ISO 6400 before it starts to get noisy" than maybe a Holga is not for you...or maybe you just need to experience a 6x6 slide! And they look pretty good in black and white... Holga Tech Specs: (well, not really tech, just specs) Shutter speeds: two - bulb and 1/60th or there abouts ISO: Whatever film you use, I suggest Ektar 100 for prints, any Fujichrome you can get your hands on for slides, and TMax 400 for black and white; I have more suggestions below. Aperture: f/8 and f/11 - or close to it Focusing: guesstimation, one bloke, two blokes, mountains There are a lot of cool pictures taken with a Holga. Like this guy (http://www.theinspiredeye.net/street-photography-holga/) And this one (http://chriskeeney.com/ck-holga-120n-toy-camera) Some people shoot weddings with them (https://www.flickr.com/groups/1338690@N24/) More Holga wedding examples (http://www.louisescottphoto.com/holga-wedding-photography/) Have I sold you yet? Well, here are a couple more caveats: Film is funky stuff. It's possible your whole roll will be messed. (Possible, not likely.) Holgas have light leaks, crappy plastic lenses, few meaningful controls and whatnot. But photography is supposed to be fun and in that, it excels. Some of your pictures will be over/under exposed, frames may overlap, light leaks will put wonky orange streaks, and if you drop your camera, the back could open and you would lose all your pictures. But the ones that hit will be indescribable. OK, all you need is a Holga or another lomo camera and some film. A really good place to get your stuff from is the FPP (http://filmphotographyproject.com/). Holgas are no longer being made but I was just at Peace Camera and they had some. Freestyle Photo is also good. Other Lomo cameras are a Holga Twin Lens, Diana and Dina mini, and many others. Lomography has a pretty big selection but they are pricey because they are so hipster. (https://shop.lomography.com/en/cameras) I have a couple and would be happy to lend them out if you need one. (Didn't see that one coming, oh yeah, I guess you did.) But fair warning, if you get one, you'll be hooked. Suggested films: A list by me. Color Print (same thing as color negative, the really cool people call it C-41) Extar 100 (if it's kind sunny) Kodacolor Gold or Fujifilm Superia 400 for a cloudy day Black and White Fuji Across 100 (really nice stuff) Tmax 100 - sunny day Tmax 400 - cloudy day Tri-x for that grainy old timey look Color Slide (The cool people call this E-6 or chrome) Any you can get your hands on. Another cool thing is that you can get your slide film developed like negative film, cross processing, and it looks pretty neat. (http://blog.epicedits.com/2008/05/23/ten-reasons-to-love-cross-processed-film/) Interested? Let me know. No date yet but not October, too busy already! Looks like a good trip for the R Line. Another advantage is that they are light! They weigh almost nothing. Compared to your FF DSLR that's refreshing.