My take on my Reality So Subtle 6×6 pinhole camera

Sometimes the first roll of film through a new camera doesn’t come out exactly as you expected. This was the case with my new Reality So Subtle 6×6 pinhole camera. I am not new to pinhole photography and have at least a dozen pinhole cameras including the 6×17 version of the Reality So Subtle. All have their quirks and after using them I learn what they are and am usually very happy with my results. Not so happy with these.

I don’t know what happened and why I got so much vignetting. If any of you have an idea what happened, please tell me. I doubt it is the camera. It is the “it’s not you, it’s me”. I must be doing something wrong. I just don’t know what it is. I also over exposed most of my photos and this seldom happens to me.

So I decided to post the whole roll, even the one frame that I can’t even identify.

I am going to put a roll of Ektar in the camera and head to downtown Portland on Thursday and try again. These were all taken with Fuji Neopan 100. I put the exposure times in the ‘captions’.

Of all my pinhole cameras I have two favorites: my Zero Image 2000 and my Ilford Titan 4×5. I get constant results with these two cameras and I highly recommend them. The verdict is still out on my new one. I want to like it because it is small and is easily carried in my purse. I like the 6×6 format that is also quite wide. It’s also easy to load. Time will tell.

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Before the big bloom

Every March photographers swarm to the Portland waterfront to capture photos of the cherry trees which seem to signal the start of Spring. This year has been wet and cold so the trees are a little late blooming. I managed to get down there twice this year. These photos are from the week before the peak bloom when few people were under the trees. My photos from peak bloom are still in the camera and I need to get those developed next week.

So enjoy a bit of pink here.

cherry trees (2 of 7)

cherry trees (3 of 7)

I love it when people dress to coordinate with the trees

cherry trees (1 of 7)

cherry trees (7 of 7)

cherry trees (4 of 7)

I seldom get to see this bridge being raised

cherry trees (5 of 7)

The Steel Bridge, the only double deck bridge in the world with independent lifts

(all photos were taken with a Hasselblad 500CM and Kodak Ektar 100 film. Scanned on an Epson V700)

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choosing files

This coming weekend I am taking a Platinum Printing class at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. The first thing we will learn is how to make digital negatives. I have gone through some old photos trying to decide what to print and I have come up with a few candidates.

I am still struggling with my computer woes and have not been able to get all my photo library onto my new computer. It’s a slow process. So I would usually have more to choose from, but I think these will do.

tree in fog

a foggy day near my home

old homestead

near Summer Lake, Oregon


stone house on the rocks, Oregon

Cape Kiwanda photographers

pinhole image at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon


another pinhole image from Cape Kiwanda

Hereford Cathedral on River Wye

Hereford Cathedral, England


Broadway Tower, Wm Morris’ folly, England

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden, England

Clifton Bridge

Clifton bridge, Bristol, England

eels anyone?

eels in Whitechapel, London, England

I have a couple more, but the negatives belong to a friend and I am thinking of printing them as a surprise so can’t share them now.

Hopefully I will have some nice prints to share next week. My own UV light box has been built. I have purchased my contact frame and paper. After class I will order my chemicals and trays and then I can start printing at home. Excited.

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With our one dry day since January I decided to take my new Wista  4×5 camera  out for a test run. I was testing several lenses, setting up the camera in one spot and not moving, so I could evaluate each lens and its field of view.

Here are some of my results:


300 mm lens. I had trouble with the focus on this and had to extend the bellows to the full 12″. Decided not to keep this lens. Mistake?


80mm lens. Pretty happy with this one. Keeping this lens


150 mm lens. Keeping this lens


203 mm lens. Obviously a bad lens and undesirable vignetting. I could keep this for dreamy scenes but the vignetting puts me off

Waiting for better weather and then will go out for more testing. One thing you need to know before setting up a large format camera, you will attract a lot of attention. I had several groups who had to poke their heads under the dark cloth to check out the glass only to exclaim, “it’s upside down”. Yes, it is. But there is nothing quite like using a large format camera. It slows you down and you have to make each image count. I can’t wait to get back out again.

(all photos taken under the St Johns Bridge in Portland with a Wista 4×5 camera with Ilford delta 100, 1/30th of a second at f11)


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We have had one of the wettest winters ever and only 3 days of sunshine. I am so ready for sunnier weather and trips to the beach. Snow has even dusted our beaches. Here are a few photos from a past trip to Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast when it was sunny.

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Timbers season opens soon

The Portland Timbers had a lousy season last year. They went from being MLS Champs to finishing the season without even making the play-offs. I’ve noticed this seems to happen whenever a team makes it to the top. The next season all the other teams are out to topple them and that’s exactly what happened. Worse yet, it was Seattle who won the MLS Cup this past season and we will have to put up with their gloating this season when they come to Portland.

It was still a fun season and we enjoyed almost every game. I’m concerned we will miss a few this year because my husband retired and we won’t be around as much, but we will make as many as we can, sitting in the Timbers Army section. We love the cheering and singing, but just wish we could sit down. Everyone stands for the whole game. My poor aching plantar fasciitis foot doesn’t really like that, but I’m still going. after_the_match-2



Images were all taken after the match.

(These images were all taken with an Olympus trip 35 mm camera using ASA400 black and white film by Kodak. The trip camera is just a little point and shoot film camera and the prints are a bit grainy, but the camera is fun and light….perfect for game day)

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when the city shuts down

When it snows in the Portland area the city comes to a standstill. Chains are required on all major roads into and out of Portland. So what can you do? You go out and play.

These photos are all from my neighborhood.


out my front gate


my house


my crab apple tree


my road


my house on the right


near my nephew’s house


oops, tree down


do we have to wait for the light to change? not many cars on the road today




just a creek


through the woods


finally kids are coming out to play


one of our many neighborhood parks


wish it would completely freeze over


found all the people


no school today. play time


some were done already and heading home


kids having fun

So I think the snow is over for this week, but tonight the streets will freeze and turn to an ice rink. I’m staying home.

(taken with a Sony A6000 without correcting for white balance)

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