I have been spending a lot of quality time with my Zero 45 lately. A few weeks ago I took it up to The Witches Castle in Portland and shot several frames with both 4x5 and 120 film. I thought it would be interesting to shoot the same scene, one with no extension frame (25mm) and one with 1 extension frame (50mm). I was actually quite shocked when I saw the results. It's crazy how wide the 25mm configuration is compared to the 50mm. In the photos below my camera is in the exact same spot. The only change was the extra frame. The photo on the left is the 25mm configuration. The photo on the right, the 50mm configuration. I actually like the one on the left better. It is more interesting to me.
I am humbled and honored to have been chosen by Herschel Pollard (AKA Square Peg Pinhole) to be one of the pinhole photographers to represent the Pacific Northwest of the USA in his Next Best Thing Pinhole Project. You can read more about the project at the website. Here is my submission for the Summer/Landscape image. It was taken up at Trillium Lake a few weeks ago. Visit the blog entry for more info about it.
A few days before I left for Amsterdam I ordered a Schlem P6*6 3D printed pinhole camera from Todd Schlemmer. Todd lives in Seattle, a mere hop, skip, and Jump away from where I live near Portland. So I fully expected to receive the camera via mail after our trip. However, Todd was planning on going to Amsterdam as well so he offered to deliver the camera on WPPD in AMS! It was very exiting to receive it on this most special day. My husband used the camera that day and enjoyed it very much. I wanted to use up the film before we left Amsterdam so I shot the last few frames, the one above being one of them. You can see my husband's WPPD submission with this wonderful camera here in the WPPD gallery.
I really loved using this camera! I love that it has a lens cap, it makes exposures less shaky (see this post about that trick). There are other awesome features too: A cover for the red window in the back (to prevent light leaking through the paper, causing marks to appear on the negative), and a clip to hold the film roll together to prevent light leaks when you remove it from the camera.
Plus, it just looks bad ass. I mean, look at it! It's freakin' cool!!
I can't wait to use it more! I am going to run some color film through it very soon.
You can order one pre-made by Todd by going here. You can download the plans to print one yourself by going here. (assembly required). Todd is very awesome and accessible and if you have questions he is there to answer them.
A pinhole camera printed by a printer. Technology is amazing.
This is from the same roll as my last post. I had my Yashica Mat in my purse with me as I stepped into the grocery store. I passed by this game as I do everyday but this time I looked at it and I saw my reflection. I stopped and took this shot as passers-by got annoyed with me for blocking the foyer.
I have been looking at Vivian Maier's work, as many others have, and love her reflection self portraits. I was inspired by her, as well as Jana Obscura, who did a series of self portraits with her Rolleiflex a few months ago.
Though I am not sure inspiration is really the right word here. I have been doing these since I have had a camera in my hand. I think it is a natural thing for us photographers to do because I am not the only one. I wonder why?
Camera: Yashica Mat 124G
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100
Dev: Diafine (home developed)
Scan: Epson V500