Roll 17: New Pinhole; New Format

Film: Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100

Camera: terraPin Bijou 6X4.5 3D printed pinhole  f/135

The 6X6 square format is nice and all, and I love the large luscious slides (or negatives) it produces, but I also hunger for the compositional challenges of a rectangular format.  I am very keen on my new 6X4.5 version of the terraPin, which I call the “Bijou”.  It’s very compact, and it shoots a proper 4:3, portrait orientation by default.  This adds a dimension to composition that square frames lack. Shooting in landscape requires fiddly rotation and leveling, and forces some thought about how to best use the frame for a given subject.  The smaller frame also returns sixteen shots per roll, rather than the twelve you get with 6X6. I’m very rigorous in metering every pinhole shot I make, but having those extra exposures encourages me to bracket shots more than I would otherwise.

Every time I design a new pinhole camera (which are all freely available for download), I feel an obligation to demonstrate that the design works as advertised.  Nobody want to invest the time to 3D print and assemble a piece of junk. Despite my confidence in my designs, I’m always somewhat frantic about shooting that first roll.  I want technically well-crafted exposures, but I also want subject matter that might inspire someone to consider printing and shooting one of my cameras. I may not share every photograph taken here, but they’re all available for perusal on Flickr.  I let my local lab do the scanning and eschew any post-processing of the scans they provide.

The photographs included in this post are in a reverse chronological order by virtue of file management.  This first image was the last exposure on the roll, and I realized that I had only shot fifteen exposures when I went to drop off the film at Moon Photo.  I walked around the corner and made this quick throwaway shot of a steepled church. The sunlight was bright and it was a quick shot, one second.  I may have jostled the camera a wee bit.

The Church Around the Corner From Moon Photo

The Church Around the Corner From Moon Photo

There is an old brick firehouse in Ballard that has become a restaurant after a stint as a nightclub.  The outdoor seating area is fenced by a clever bit of industrial art incorporating tools and metal artifacts into the motif.  I’ve been wanting to shoot this metal work for a while.

Detail, Metalwork Fence Panel

Detail, Metalwork Fence Panel

Metalwork Fence Panel

Metalwork Fence Panel

Metalwork Fence Panel

Metalwork Fence Panel

Station 2 is a busy neighborhood fire station where I occasionally work on the fire engine.  I made this shot one morning, before shift change.  I noticed a strange effect in the upper left, which might be a diffraction effect or an internal reflection.  If you have any theories, I am very interested hearing them.

Engine 2 and Aid 2 in Quarters

Engine 2 and Aid 2 in Quarters

The focal length on the Bijou is 35mm, which makes it fairly wide angle.  I sat for this for nineteen seconds, with my head braced against the house. I look a LOT like my grandfather Rex here. If he had ever been fat.

Truncated Self Portrait

Truncated Self Portrait

More fire house photos…  Incidentally, these were the first images made with the Bijou.  Sometimes it works just as advertised.

Detail, Pump Panel, Engine 2

Detail, Pump Panel, Engine 2

Pump Panel, Engine 2

Pump Panel, Engine 2

These rolls were processed and scanned by Moon Photo in Seattle; all images are as scanned without alteration.  More photos from this and my other 52Rolls can be found HERE.

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