Week 12, pinholes

No cool workshops to take, and while there were more St Paddy’s Day parades, I decided one was enough.  So I broke out the pinholes to try my hand at them again on a bright and sunny day.

And because it was bright and sunny and I didn’t want Pinhole Assist to say “Expose for 0.2 seconds”, I also brought my bag of filters and tried using my Deep Red #25 on a few shots.  As it turned out the clouds also came out so even with 100 film, I had 5 second exposures or so without a filter.

First my Vermeer 6X6 loaded up with Kodak TMax 100, developed in Ilfotec DD-X, 7mins @ 20C.  These I could scan on my Canon 9000f, though I still haven’t gotten the hang of getting no dust or little hairs/scratches in the scans, nor am I much of a photo software expert, so those will have to stay.  Overall these turned out pretty darn sharp and I am quite pleased with them.  I am still learning the composition with these as they are wider than I think.  Only very slight level adjustment, which always makes me happy.  I like when I can get the exposure right straight from the negative scan.

Thames National Bank Norwich CT

Thames National Bank
Norwich CT

I had a bit of trouble holding the filter in front of the pinhole without some blundering on my part and vignetting the image.  Whoops.

Haymarket Building, red filter, 45 sec exposure

Haymarket Building, red filter, 45 sec exposure

Haymarket, no filter, 5 sec

Haymarket, no filter, 5 sec

Harp&Dragon, red filter, 45 secs.

Harp&Dragon, red filter, 45 secs.

This shot I was almost directly under a clock which just shows up in the upper left.  Dang, that is some kind of wide view, did not expect that to be anywhere near within the frame.

Courthouse Square, 5 secs

Courthouse Square, 5 secs

I also shot with my Vermeer 4×5, using Fuji Neopan Acros 100, developed in Diafine.  For these I had to digitize by placing on a light table and then shooting with a digital camera.  I think the light table creates a bit of a line in the center of these shots that I don’t notice on the negatives.  I probably ought to save my duckets and get a scanner than can handle 4x5s.  And I need to use pinhole assists level, or put a little bubble level on the camera.  I should also realize that like my wide view lens, I need to shoot these basically level with the horizon otherwise the buildings all look like they are going to flop over.  “Flying buttresses for that church, stat!” 🙂 Sorry, I am a bit of a goofball.

Union Square

Union Square

Attack of the killer finger.  Aaaaiiyyyyeeee.

Union Square, red filter, Joe's finger

Union Square, red filter, Joe’s finger

And because I love my forests so much, another shot of them.  That snow will melt away, hopefully this week.  I’m ready for some daffodils and forsythia pictures!  In stunning Velvia.

Snowy Forest

Snowy Forest

One thing I did notice walking around my small city with a big tripod, people are naturally quite curious what you are up to, but in a good way.  When I go around with just a camera I sometimes get the ‘what is that guy up to’ stares like maybe the next step will be call to the police.  “Creeper alert, creeper alert!”.  But this time, I had a neighbor chat with me about my project and a random mom and her 4 little kids while I was setting up for the courtyard square shot.  I chatted with her for about 5 minutes while her daughters all ran around making her a little crazy. Maybe my attitude was different, I don’t know.  But it was nice.  And as it turns out, both wanted some kind of business card (this is a hobby for me, not a business), but as luck would have it, my ‘get out of jail free’ cards showed up today.  These are business cards I figure I can give to police if I am ever being questioned with my field camera, outside a power plant at 1am.

There is a chance for a brewery tour this next week, so that could be loads of fun.  Maybe I can fall into a batch of stout and live happily ever after.  Snapping film shots all the while…

5 thoughts on “Week 12, pinholes

  1. Absolutely love them! It’s interesting you brought up the subject of business cards btw. I’ve been asked for them by random people too. It makes me wonder if I should just have some printed with my website on it.

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    • Thank you! I just used an online, low-budget service and got a small order with 3 of my photos on it, 2 of which are from this project, Name/phone and my flickr. If I had a website I’d probably just put that on there rather than the cell#/flickr.

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  2. I’ve been thinking about getting business cards myself, might help me be more confident out there if I knew I had something to show people if they ask. I’ve heard Moo cards recommended before.

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