World Wide Pinhole day

Just a few words about the upcoming World Wide Pinhole Day on Sunday April 27th. Each day this week and next I am going to post a new pinhole image on my Flickr page using one of my cameras. I plan to use each of the cameras during the next 2 weeks and hope to also make my own…I better get busy.

my pinhole cameras

my pinhole cameras

If you haven’t tried pinhole photography, or even if you have, on Saturday at 11:00 in front of Blue Moon Camera in St Johns, Portland, Oregon, the guru of pinhole, Zeb Andrews, will be giving a short talk and leading a walk down under the St Johns Bridge. He hopes to have some cameras for people to try who have never used a pinhole camera before. I believe there is rain in the forecast but that doesn’t stop us Oregonians. I plan to be there too.

summer days

summer days

Multnomah Co Library with Innova camera

Multnomah Co Library with Innova camera

Pinhole photography is about as primitive as you can get. Anything can be made into a pinhole camera. Many of you probably made one in grammar school out of a Quaker Oats box. I didn’t get that luxury. Portland has a large pinhole community, getting larger every day. If you are interested then stop by Blue Moon Camera, no digital here, and browse the pinhole counter and get some expert advice because everyone who works there shoots pinhole. There is also a good video of Zeb at OPB talking about his craft….obsession.

Opal Creek with a Zero Image camera

Opal Creek with a Zero Image camera

PDX escalator with Zero Image

PDX escalator with Zero Image

One of the things I love about pinhole photography is that the exposures are long. I have made hour-long exposures and some people set out cameras for months to catch the rising and setting sun and moon. I love making pinhole images in restaurants because I am forced to eat slowly as these exposures are 45 minutes long, on the average. While making landscape images the long exposures force me to really notice my surroundings and appreciate the beauty. Sunday my husband and I walked the Salmon River trail at the foot of Mt Hood and I used my Innova pinhole camera, made by Don Pyle. I will be posting those photos next week.

basting a quilt at home

basting a quilt at home

Oregon State Capitol

Oregon State Capitol

On the 27th people from all over the world will be heading out to make pinhole images. We will then post our favorites at http://www.pinholeday.org. There you will be able to see work from thousands of different photographers. I know some people from Portland and Seattle heading to Amsterdam for WWPD and if I had known about that sooner I believe I would have joined them. London is having a 3-day festival and that looks to be amazing.

I urge you to give it a try.

Skamania Lodge

Skamania Lodge

Looking out the window at Starbucks on the Park Blocks in Portland

Looking out the window at Starbucks on the Park Blocks in Portland

(all photos, except the one of the cameras, were made using film and pinhole cameras)

PS: 4-23-2014, I just realized I forgot to include my Vermeer anamorphic 6×17 camera. I just developed my first roll of film from that camera and posted the photo on Flickr, if you are interested.

 

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Steakburger

This poor blog has been so ignored lately because I have been posting weekly at 52.rolls.net. Then last week I was gone all week resting along the Salmon River with a friend. I did manage to expose a couple of rolls in my pinhole camera and being that Sunday is World Wide Pinhole Day I do hope to get the film back soon and posted here.

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In the meantime I did want to tell you about an old family restaurant in Vancouver, Washington, called Steakburger. It  opened in the early 60’s about the time Kodak quit making the Bulls Eye Camera. I decided it was time to pair these two before the wrecking ball crashes into the restaurant.  Sadly, Fred Meyers has purchased the property and plans to build……..a gas station. Oh goodie. I believe the burger place closes its doors sometime in May. If you are in the area then it’s time to go get  one more burger and maybe even play a round of miniature golf in the back.

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The Kodak Brownie Bullseye camera uses 620 film which I can purchase at Blue Moon Camera in the St Johns neighborhood of Portland. I had planned to use b&w film so I could develop at home, but then thought the sign would be better in color. The Bullseye camera was introduced in 1954 and abandoned in 1960. It is a box made of Bakelite with an eye level viewer. It was designed by Arthur Crapsey(I know, change your name), who went to work for Kodak after WWII when he was invalided because of an accident while flying with the Air Corps. He lost his right leg. At Kodak he went on to design the Brownie Star Series and the Instamatic M6 and later became the manager of the design team. The negatives are 2 1/4 by 3 1/4. I used Kodak 400 speed film, 120 respooled on to a 620 spool, and I scanned them on an Epson V700.

Brownie Bulls Eye

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Spring

This time of year smells wonderful. The fragrance of blossoming trees hits my face as I walk outside to check my small city garden. We get a few days of sunshine that allow the hostas to unfurl and the magnolias to show off. In another month the peonies, my favorite flower, will be blooming. I always pray that the rains will hold off long enough for the peonies to bask in the light.

crab apple tree

crab apple tree

magnolia buds against a blue sky

magnolia buds against a blue sky

my 'Elizabeth' magnolia with its pale yellow flowers

my ‘Elizabeth’ magnolia with its pale yellow flowers

'Great Expectations': what a great name for a hosta

‘Great Expectations’: what a great name for a hosta

I love the sound of trickling water in the garden. I have 3 fountains.

I love the sound of trickling water in the garden. I have 3 fountains.

It’s also time to start something new and not just new plants. When I was a teen I started collecting paper, wax stamps and pens. I loved to write to friends and to receive letters in return. But with the invention of computers, texting, email and twitter hardly anyone writes their words on paper. After my Mom died I searched my desk drawers for any card or letter she had written because looking at her perfect penmanship brought memories of her back to life. The other day my husband and I were in downtown Portland visiting my favorite paper shop, Oblation, where they still operate letter press machines. I can’t help but walk up and down the rows of paper,  wax stamps, and greeting cards, but  best of all, stopping at the glass case and staring at the gorgeous fountain pens. To my surprise, my husband bought me a pen….no reason…just because he knew I loved it. And yes, he brings me flowers for no reason too, after 36 years of marriage.

my new tortoise fountain pen

my new tortoise fountain pen

paper, pen and old typewriter keys

paper, pen and old typewriter keys

sealing the envelope with wax

sealing the envelope with wax

So I have vowed to go back to the old way and write more words on paper. It kind of goes hand in hand with me using my old film cameras more often than I use my digital cameras. I like how they make me slow down, enjoy the experience just as much, if not more, than the result.

my old Underwood typewriter

my old Underwood typewriter

'hello': it stands at the ready

‘hello’: it stands at the ready

I am going to urge you to write, on paper, one letter to a friend. I think you will find that they will cherish receiving something in the mail that you spent the time making just for them. My first letter is going to my friend, Barbara, in San Mateo because, like me, she loves paper and also began collecting the wax stamps and stationary in her teens.

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More from the University of Washington, part II

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(all these photos were taken with the Noblex 150 and Kodak Ektar 100)

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at 52 Rolls.net

I have been so busy trying to get my rolls of film posted over at http://www.52rolls.net that this blog has been a bit ignored. I just want to share a few photos from last weekend when Ron and I drove up to Seattle to enjoy the blooming Sakura cherry trees on the University of Washington campus. No warnings prepared us for the thousands of people who also took advantage of the sunny warm day under the trees.

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The University campus is beautiful as it sits above Lake Washington. You can’t help but love the trees blooming against the back drop of old architecture. We spent the day walking around the campus and next year plan to go back, but stay over so we can see the trees during sunrise and sunset hours….and maybe fewer people.

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4 seconds

4 seconds

(I used both my Hasselblad and pinhole cameras)

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Part 2 of Inner Portland with Holga

Here are more photos from my walk in SE Portland:

I saw fun old cars and trailers,

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flower power bus

and garages that I doubt hold any cars.

Asian style garage nice garage doors single garage with art

garden shedI walked up to Powell’s Books on SE Hawthorne and found many interesting places along the way.

don't know what the banding is

don’t know what the banding is

shops on Hawthorne

double exposure on SE Hawthorne

double exposure on SE Hawthorne

mid century shop

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I liked these photos for their crossing lines:

pruned? lines

Now I am trying to decide which neighborhood to explore next.

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Inner SE Portland with my Holga, part 1

I finally got out of the house with the sun shining and the fragrance of Spring blossoms filling the air. I decided to go walk another neighborhood in Portland, this time choosing a small area bordered on the north by SE Hawthorne, on the south by SE Stephens, and between SE 27th and 39th. I started out looking for the home of the author of a wonderful blog called ‘Posie Gets Cozy’. I love the photos she shares of her young daughter, her home’s interiors and her lovely crafts. I found her home on SE Market and so started my walk from there.

house of one of my favorite bloggers

home of one of my favorite bloggers

tree in her parking strip

tree in her parking strip

I discovered a wonderful neighborhood full of early 20th-century homes. Most were well kept and I did not see a single ‘for sale’ sign.

English cottage

Spring green

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What I did see were the first signs of Spring,

garden time

grass edging

Spring blossoms

a fun community garden to grow organic edibles,

community garden

a park for kids and dogs,

play park

two churches,

LDS church

Presbyterian church

and all near to the hustle and bustle of SE Hawthorne and a wonderful restaurant, The Hazel Room, where I had brioche french toast topped with fresh fruit. Being so close to my favorite fabric and quilt shop, Cool Cottons, I had to stop in for a chat and walked out with more fabric.

wonderful atmosphere for coffee, breakfast and lunch

wonderful atmosphere for coffee, breakfast and lunch

my favorite fabric/quilt shop

my favorite fabric/quilt shop

I love discovering these hidden gems and this neighborhood had a wonderful family feel to it. I could easily live here. As a bonus, you’ll find these wonderful little lending libraries that dot the streets and some interesting art.

borrow a book and leave a book

borrow a book and leave a book

mosaic house artGiving Tree

(all photos taken with my Holga and Sprocket Rocket plastic cameras and Fuji 400 film)

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