How do photographers get those wide images that bleed through the edges of the negative, showing the sprocket holes? It's a technique that allows your to create stunning panoramic images -- these little bits of film become art in themselves. These photographs are achieved by loading 35mm film into a 120 medium format camera. This tutorial was written with the Holga in mind, but the same technique works for other 120 cameras as well.
Step 1: You will Need....
2 pieces of memory or regular mattress sort of foam cut into roughly 1 1/4 inch squares, 1 piece of foam cut thinly to measurement of the left spool compartment length and width, 1 spool of black electricians or gaffers tape, 4 medium size rubber bands, scissors, your Holga or similar camera, clear cellophane tape. (Photo. 1)
Step 2: Remove and Prepare Your Uptake Spool.
Remove the back of your Holga using the little metal clips on each side that slide up, if you still have clips and haven’t yet chucked them in favor of Velcro (article to come), and remove the take-up spool. (photo 2) Create your take-up spool by overlapping rubber bands to a thickness of about a 1/4 of an inch, on each side of the spool to create a barrier so the 35mm film cannot travel up or down the spool of the uptake spool. Measure the width of the 35mm film and center your barriers on the spool so that the film edges (sprocket sides) meet near the barriers. Adjust to width if necessary - doesn’t have to be perfect, but make sure your rubber band barriers are not narrower than the film. Place it in the take up real compartment on the left of the camera.(photo 3)
Step 3: Foam the Film Compartment
First, the single longer piece should be pressed into the bottom of the spool compartment. Install a pre-cut piece of foam on the top of the compartment and one at the bottom.