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Some pinhole photography

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I managed to go nearly the whole summer shooting little to no photos, and nothing with the pinhole. In late August I finally loaded up the little pinhole camera kit and made an effort to go out and shoot with it.

I’m happy I did!  This little camera is so much fun, I have no excuse for not shooting with it more. Well, aside from the inconvenience and cost of working with film, but still, it’s worth it.

All of the following are from the same roll of film – Fujifilm 200.  I shot 20 shots and 12 actually turned out as recognizable images. Of those 12, the following are the ones I feel are worth showing.

1/4 second exposure

A Sunflower stand someone keeps in their yard not far from my house.  1/2 to 1/3 second exposure

1/4 second exposure

And these last two were taken at the town fair, where I shot the pictures in my last post.

“The Zipper”

1/2 to 1 second exposure

“The Round Up”

1/3 second exposure


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October 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm

SLR Pinhole Roll #2 – SUCCESS!!!!

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8 second exposure

15 second exposure

Both shot on Fujifim X-TRA 200 film.

I was right, the pinhole was too small.  I used my new homemade bigger pinhole and the results are better than I could have hoped for.  I’m really looking forward to shooting like this!

Hopefully my hiccup in the last post didn’t deter anyone from trying this on their own. It might just take some playing around with pinhole sizes until you get good results.

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May 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Some Film Photography

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Over the past week I shot a couple rolls of film and thought I’d post a few of the shots. I’m helping a friend selling the cameras and was really just testing them to make sure everything worked. So, I didn’t take too much time with the shots and most turned out pretty boring. Both cameras work excellently though and I had some fun with them.

Here are the two cameras, a Minolta Maxxum 7000 and a Canon AE-1:

These first two were shot with the Minolta.  I didn’t take much time with it and ended up under exposing much of the roll.  Oh well.



And these last ones were all shot with the Canon.




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March 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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Pinhole Camera Photos

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It took me much longer to fill another roll of film on my Pinhole Camera, but I finally did and got it developed this week.  I haven’t lost any interest in the camera, it’s still a ton of fun to shoot with, I just really lose motivation to go outside and shoot over the winter in the cold.

This roll of film turned out okay.  Many of the days I shot on were overcast, and I didn’t use long enough exposures for most.  I got a number of usable photos though, so it wasn’t a waste.

Two shots of a cemetery covered in snow, 3 second exposures for each.

Church and cemetery, 2 second exposure

I’m not sure what happened on this one, but I think it looks cool.  It was a .5 second exposure of a stream, so I think either the sun’s reflection or a tiny spec of moisture in or by the pinhole caused this.

These next two are flags on a windy day.  4 second exposures for each

Grilling…    1 second exposure

Shot from an overpass above a highway at night.  10 minute exposure.

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March 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Pinhole Camera – 2nd Roll of Film

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Unfortunately my 2nd roll of film with the pinhole camera didn’t go as well as the first. 

The kit came with two premade pinholes; one a .2mm hole, the other .15mm.  The first roll of film I shot with the .2mm and did fairly well.  I decided to go with the .15mm pinhole for my second roll of film and it didn’t work out as well.  Most shots ended up being under exposed.  So if I’m going to keep shooting with that I need to leave the shutter open longer and/or use a different speed film. 

A few shots did turn out reasonable well though, three of which are below.  All of these are of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge in central PA.  The film is Fujifilm 200 and I was using a tripod for each.  The first had an exposure time of about half a second, the other two were about 3 seconds each.

I was a little disappointed in how this roll turned out, but oh well, it’s a learning process.  At least I got a few usable images out of it, and I had a lot of fun in the process.

I’m not sure which direction I’m going to go next.  I still have some rolls of 200 speed film on hand, so I might switch back to the .2mm pinhole and just shoot some more.  I also was thinking of either picking up some high-speed or black and white film and trying some different things out with it.  We shall see.

In any case, I’m having about as much fun shooting with this thing as I’ve ever had taking pictures, at least in recent memory.  It really isn’t hard to do, and whether you decide to buy a kit or transform an old camera, it isn’t very difficult or expensive.  I really recommend giving it a shot if you’re at all interested.

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January 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Pinhole Camera: 1st Roll of Film

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It didn’t take me long to fill the first roll of film with the Pinhole Camera I put together. I was very excited to shoot with it and to see the results so I didn’t waste any time. 

All of the following pictures were scanned in from that first roll of film. The film was Fujifilm ISO 200. Scanning the prints adds in extra noise, and dust spots and blemishes show up more, so the actual prints are a bit crisper and look better than these. 

1st shot taken with the camera:
Shutter was open for about 7 minutes

These next few were all taken in the countryside around where I work over a lunch break. Exposure time was about half a second for each.

(I realize this isn’t that great of a picture, I just like how it looks)

These last two were at a small cemetery in the town I live in.  Exposure time was about three seconds each.

Overall, I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised. I was preparing myself for none of them even turning out, or being awful at best, but the quality of these few is better than I could have hoped. I have a lot to learn yet but I think it’s a good start. For the record, I managed to get 18 shots out of a roll of 24 exposure film. Of those, the eight posted here are the best, and of the rest, four were unidentifiable and the rest just not that good. So like I said, I have a lot to learn.

I’m really excited to shoot more with this little camera and think I’m going to have a lot of fun with it.

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December 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm