16 to 12 Overlap – Brilliance in Cozumel

I’ve talked in the past about what happens when you are using a Holga 120 medium-format film camera and have it equipped to take the standard square photos, but you somehow change your exposure-tracker to assume there are 16 images per roll rather than the standard 12. Because the camera is trying to jam more images into the same space, it ends up overlapping the images on each edge.

16 to 12 Overlap – Cozumel with a Holga

It can be frustrating if you didn’t meant for it to happen. It can also be quite fun if you do it as an experimentation.

It’s all done by simply sliding your exposure counter on the back of your Holga camera from 12 frames per roll to the 16 frame per roll setting.

Because you’re not turning the dial enough clicks for each image, you end up not quite moving past the previous image. They overlap. Sometimes in interesting and fun ways.

In this case, I was exploring Cozumel and preparing to get back into my ship. I was taking the Brilliance of the Seas, part of the Royal Caribbean line.

Photo by Lisa Shea

I love this kind of shot, exploring perspective. We’re looking up the heavy duty docking lines for the ship.

Because I had not wound enough times either before or after this image, I ended up crossing the edges of this image with its neighbors. You can see that on the left side the image I had of open ocean blasted right over the nose part of the ship.

If you get your light and dark areas right, you can have a great deal of fun with partial winding and partial overlaps.

This was taken with Kodak Portra 400 Pro ISO 400 Color.

This film was developed at https://oldschoolphotolab.com/

The impacted image is why it’s always so important to sync what insert you put into your camera with the indicator on the back, unless you’re aiming to do something fun.

Image Size Indicator on a Holga