Roll 5: Favorite Film, Favorite Location: Pinhole

Film: Velvia 50 transparency film – 120

Camera: terraPin 6X9 3D printed pinhole camera, 40mm, f/174

Every time I return to the The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. I see new things in new ways. I returned last week to finish a roll I started 8 months ago. In Iceland. Of course, I took a pinhole camera too. It was a bright day, and exposures in full sun were about 4 seconds.

Deadliest Bar

Phone Box

This phone box (no phone ) sits outside the Lockspot Cafe. Some of the vessels from Deadliest Catch are based out of Ballard and the crews have been filmed at the “Deadliest Bar” Monday night is trivia night. I have yet to win.

Like hell I will

Please Stay Off Lawn

I love these swirly pinhole “lens flares” I’m usually too chicken to shoot into the sun like this. Very ethereal.


A steel guv’mint building.

The locks , buildings, and gardens date to 1911. This shop (?) building is classic Age of Steam steel construction. Think boxy Eiffel tower. There is some rust in this corner that is splitting the panels apart. The silver paint has a velvety patina that the Velvia almost captured.


An iridescent cedar

Detail, Cedar tree # 27. The bark is almost opalescent.


Water Safety is no accident.

Outside the lock

Cedar #27, outside the large lock.


The large lock, and cedar

#27, featured today.

Beauty in cast concrete

Administration Building

The cast concrete Administration building.  Notice the lamps on the steps.


Verdigris Fish

Detail lamp, Administration Building, bronze casting

Incidentally, my first pinhole photographs were made at the Ballard Locks six years ago:

Admin Bldg 1, Admin Bldg 2, Steps outside lock

6 thoughts on “Roll 5: Favorite Film, Favorite Location: Pinhole

  1. The more I see of pinhole photos, the more inspired I am to try and make one. I am thinking of adapting an NPC polaroid microscope attachment for this purpose. It has a long focal length (ca 19cm) but everything else seems good – a light proof box with film holder at one end, shutter (open or closed) at the other. Do you know how the Fuji instant film performs for pinhole work?


  2. I have a similar polaroid adapter for an oscilloscope. I am dying to make it into a pinhole camera. I have tried shooting Instax Mini through a pinhole, but I find that it seems to act strangely with very long exposure. I might have to increase the size of my aperture for better results. Flickr user “Art y fotos” has done a lot of really cool stuff with instant and fuji instant pinhole. I plan to try larger format, like the Impossible project instant films. They should fit my polaroid holders. Hope that helps!


    • It does help, thank you very much. At his flickr site I found some very useful directions about making a pinhole the right size, which is really all I needed. I had already found the calculators for determining optimum pinhole size and f-stop, but finding a controlled way to make a pinhole had been eluding me. Looks pretty straightforward, though I expect it might take a few tries. I will get around to this sometime, perhaps quite soon since really all I need is the pinhole and to fix it. The only other downside, especially with a long focal length, will be framing the shot as there are no sights or view finder of any kind. There is quite a long projection, like a tube, in front of the shutter. I was hoping to put the pinhole inside the shutter where it would be protected, but I am thinking perhaps it will be vignetted by the front area. I guess angle of view will help me to understand where to place the pinhole.


  3. Thanks! I expected something, but didn’t know what. I need to shoot for flares more often. It almost salvaged a blah picture.


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