Just spent most of a week up along the Salmon River outside of Welches, Oregon. I wanted to make some pinhole images of trees while I was there and I decided on my Titan 4×5 camera loaded with Delta 100 film. I love this camera. I recently bought the 8×10 version and took it on its maiden voyage yesterday to Timberline Lodge. I hope to develop those images later this week. It will be my first time developing 8×10 and I sure hope it works out as the film is not inexpensive.
I find when I use film instead of digital that I ask myself one important question, “Is this scene I’m looking at film worthy?” I ask this because sheet film is a bit spendy, especially the 8×10 sheets. Instead of firing off hundreds of shots with my digital camera in hopes of getting a few I like, I try to take only one or two shots of the same scene with 4×5 or 8×10. My success rate is much higher when I use film. Using pinhole slows the process even further as each exposure is measured in seconds or even minutes instead of fractions of seconds. I use this time while waiting for the exposure to finish, to search my surroundings and enjoy nature.
These images were made along the Salmon Creek Trail:
exposure: 2 minutes. film: Delta 100
highlights a bit blown out but I still like it. exposure: 3 minutes. film: Delta 100
River, shadows and trees. exposure: 30 seconds. film: Ilford Delta 100
old growth trunk. exposure: 15 minutes. film: Ilford Delta 100
These next images were made at Westmoreland Park in Portland Oregon, on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Blue Moon Camera sponsored the event and they brought along several pinhole cameras for people to use that day.
These are a couple of images I made that included trees:
Westmoreland Park, Portland. exposure: 8 seconds film: Ilford Delta 100
The park pond where they have little boat races during Rose Festival. exposure: 6 seconds. film: Delta 100
If you would like to try a slow paced and interesting form of photography then please try pinhole. In Portland you have several choices of cameras that can be found at Blue Moon Camera on N Lombard. There are also many people in England and Europe making cameras that you can purchase online. Here’s a list of some of my favorites that I also own:
Mike Walker’s Titan cameras in 4×5, 8×10 and the new format of 4×10.
Ondu: I have the 6×12
Zero Image: Zero Image makes many many different formats. I have the 6×6 and 6×9(which includes 6×6 and 6×7). I have the cameras that take filters(a big plus on bright sunny days) and several of the older ones with filters.
Reality So Subtle: Almost too many to list here. One thing I love about these cameras is that they are made of plastic which is perfect for our wet weather. They also make them with multiple pinholes, filter type and non filter. I have several 6×6 models and a 6×12.
Holga makes a few pinhole cameras that you can find on Lomography or Ebay.
Kurt Mottweiler makes the most gorgeous cameras I’ve ever seen. He makes several sizes and also beautiful curved-plane panoramic cameras.
There are many other cameras to choose from but this will give you a good start if your are interested. You could also join The Lensless Podcast group on Facebook. There are many discussions going on all the time and they also have a wonderful weekly podcast.
So get some film and start making pinhole images. No two are ever alike.