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The Mystery of Light Leaks and Paperback Numbers

Light Leaks - can you create them?

YES! It’s possible!

After rewinding the entire spool of your 120 film, take it out and shake it a bit until the rolled layers became loose. Just be careful because much of your shots especially the few frames of the roll will be completely burnt. Hold the film in one hand and shake it again but this time under the sun or any artificial bright source and just have the loose layers of the backing paper absorb some of the light quickly like for a few seconds, this just is enough to get that leaks you wanted without completely washing out your shots and that’s it!

Enjoy trying and share some of your leaky 120 shots when you’re done!

The chance to have the entire numbers on you shot is bigger, when you have bigger frame sizes (6×9 or 6×12).
Enjoy trying!

written by mephisto19


  1. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-


    i have it

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  2. eyecon


    Turns out great! Shot # 9 looks familiar somehow.....

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  3. vicuna


    Yeah, when I see that my roll is loose (specially when shooting with Diana+ or Holga) I play a bit with it to let some light in and have these magic light leaks with numbers! :)))

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  4. ebolatheelectricmonk


    One thing that has happened to me already twice is that the foam from my Holga's inside comes loose and gets dragged across the inside while winding. Gives some interesting effects sometimes. (See one example in the submissions above...)

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  5. treehugger419


    Cool idea. I like number 8 a lot! thanks for sharing

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  6. stouf


    This gallery is a masterpiece. Good job Stephan !

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  7. mandashitley


    You rock for posting this!

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  8. azurblue


    Great pics, Stephan ! It's so funny to do, but a bit dangerous, too. One time I loose half of the pics of a 120 roll.

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  9. mephisto19


    thanks a lot for all your comments and yes, you have to becareful...!

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  10. monoflow


    oh crapp i submitted it several times.. pfff

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  11. devrimarie


    I love these, they are so spooky!

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  12. life_on_mars



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