Boats @ Rhos On Sea (fake TTV)

The base image was taken with my Holga 135BC camera earlier this year then I applied a fake TTV texture by leahleaf ( ) using layer masking techniques in the GIMP. Finally I used picnik for tinting etc.


~ by lenfirewood on November 23, 2008.

8 Responses to “Boats @ Rhos On Sea (fake TTV)”

  1. I saw your site on the Alpha. Your photos are unique. I’ve used GIMP before but never to produce such stunning effects. BTW nice camera. I have an old school digital point and shoot, but the eye, as you have proven, is what counts.

  2. Thanks for the compliments – the Holga 135BC which I took the photo of the boats with is just a cheap Chinese made camera (some call them a toy camera because of their cheap plastic bodies and lenses)- the cheapness of the build and especially the lenses gives them flaws that some of us fanatics find ‘interesting’ – anyway when I bought mine about 6 months ago it cost me about £30 off ebay including package and posting – that is about 50 dollars US approx – but as these are now regarded as a ‘cult’ item and given that we have since slipped into a recession the price can vary widely – with a bit of luck you may be able to get them now for perhaps much less than 50 dollars. The ‘through the viewfinder’ effect was created by using a readymade image by leahleaf – there are two basic way6s of overlaying these ‘fake’ TTV images over your pic – one is to just put the TTV image on a seperate layer and increase it’s transparency enough to see the image underneath but not so much that the TTV effect disapears. The other method is to again put the TTV image in it’s own layer but this time to make a layer mask of it – this often has the effect of getting the right amount of transparency without much further tweaking. There are of course more sophisticated methods that I sometimes use but they are too detailed to go into here. Anyway good luck with your won efforts and don’t foget to play and experiment – that is how I learned a lot of my ‘tricks’! lol 🙂

  3. To be honest, I had no idea about the Holga but thought it might be a rare vintage professional camera; it sounds impressive: The Holga 135BC – lol that it’s not so sophisticated but really interesting to hear that it is a cult favorite. I might see if I can find one deeply discounted. And thanks for the tips. I’ll try to play around with some of the techniques you mentioned and check out some of the references beneath your photo- but I’m really nothing more than a point and shooter at this stage.

  4. As it happens because the holga has so few settings many use it just like a ‘point abd shoot’ camera – personally I don’t do that because the cost of film and having it processed is certainly expensive compared to the neglible running costs of digital photography!. Anyway it’s worth googling up some holga users groups and seeing what they have to say – some like the unpredictable effects of not bothering with the settings at all and just ‘shooting from the hip’ and then trusting to luck how good the results are – some like to take a more rigourous and ‘technical’ approach but most users are probably like me (who like to get the settings roughly right before shooting) or the point and shooters who just trust to luck and like the excitement of the unpredictable effects that can result. Any good luck with your own endeavours with it. 🙂

  5. wow. WOW these are just really beautifully done.
    Thanks for sharing

  6. Thanks CheyAnne – I just nipped over to your blog and was knocked out by the moon pics and also those amazing looking mushrooms – interesting blog you have there. 🙂

  7. thank you for that
    there is soooo much info out here and just not enough time in a day to see and say

  8. Amen to that CheyAnne – thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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