I’ve got one word: plastics

Anyone who has watched the movie, The Graduate, knows those profound words spoken to Dustin Hoffman’s character. Who knew how right those words were. All these decades later when I travel to the Oregon coast I prefer to take some of my many plastic cameras. I don’t worry about blowing sand or rain. I can wash the cameras when I get home.

Holga PAN (7 of 7)

double exposure, upside down with the Holga PAN

Last week there was a minus tide at the coast and a  chance to see the petrified forest at Neskowin beach. On the ocean floor is a forest of old Sitka Spruce that is believed to be over 2,000 years old. They first became visible after a huge storm in 1997-1998. Now, several times a year especially at a minus tide they peak their heads out above the waves.

Holga PAN (5 of 7)

Ghost forest with the Holga PAN

I took my Holga PAN(panoramic), a Holga CFN, a Reality So Subtle pinhole and a Titan 4×5 pinhole. All made of plastic and all very durable. We did get a few minutes of rain but it didn’t last long. With the plastic cameras I did not have to cover them up with my jacket. They have plastic lenses so the photos are a bit grainy, but I didn’t worry one bit about the cameras. Of course the Titan and Reality So Subtle pinhole cameras have no lens at all.

Titan (6 of 6)

Close up and personal, Titan 4×5 pinhole

Titan (2 of 6)

minus tide with a Titan 4×5 pinhole camera

Holga (5 of 8)

ocean life taken with a Holga CFN

Titan (4 of 6)

person on the beach with my Titan 4×5 pinhole

Holga (1 of 8)

crusty log with my Holga CFN

(Holga photos were taken with Ilford ISO 400 film. Titan photos taken with Ilford Delta 100 film. My RSoS pinhole images were made with Kodak color film and will be posted after they are developed at the lab. I develop my black and white film at home)




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A walk in my neighborhood in pinhole

I always have some kind of camera with me wherever I go. Sometimes more than one camera but always a pinhole camera. Out on a walk in my neighborhood a couple of weeks ago I carried my Reality So Subtle 6×6 pinhole camera. I have several of these cameras but I am very fond of the ones with the filter threads. It can be very bright in Oregon, all the rain is a myth, so being able to use ND filters is a blessing.

I live in an area with many parks and wild areas. I might see deer, bunnies and a coyote or two. On this day I stuck to the more populated areas and made images wherever I fancied. Hope you enjoy the stroll with me:

pinhole Villebois RSoSub (1 of 5)

this is in one of the play parks

pinhole Villebois RSoSub (2 of 5)

lovely area in front of some condos

pinhole Villebois RSoSub (3 of 5)

just sitting and enjoying the view which was of Mt Hood

pinhole Villebois RSoSub (5 of 5)

me on a swing. My idea of a selfie. this was about a 10 second exposure

(all images made with the RSoS camera and a 2ND filter, Kodak Ektar 100 film and about 10 second exposures)

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Holga doubles

I haven’t used my Holga 120 in awhile. I usually save it for the beach and rainy days because its plastic body is perfect for those conditions. I long ago gave up taking my digital camera out in those conditions. The sand combined with the wind at the beach can wreck havoc with electronics. My pinhole and Holga cameras are the best for these wet and windy conditions.

Last week before attending a photography brown bag lunch talk at the Portland Art Museum(third Wednesday every month) I walked around Portland making double exposures. I tried doing opposites in each frame…..Like food restaurants with people on the street or cars parked up and the sign “Run”. Some were successful and some were not, but that’s part of the fun. Never quite sure what I’ll get until the negatives are developed. Isn’t that part of why we like using film?


Teddy Roosevelt and Paris. The rough rider vs refinement.


Pioneer Courthouse Square, the courthouse and a lone man.    The square where crowds congregate vs the lonely man


parked cars and “Run”. Sedentary vs exercise


Camerons Book Store and the gate. Knowledge vs barriers


People on the street and a full parking lot.   People and their belongings parked on the street vs no place to park at all


Mc Donalds and a dog with his master. Available food vs those who go hungry

(all images were made on a Holga 120 medium format plastic camera with Ilford Delta 400 film. Developed at home with Ilfosol 3)


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Timberline with my Titan 4×5

I am in love with large format photography. I’ve owned my Titan 4×5 pinhole camera for a few years but since listening to both The Lensless Podcast and the Large Format Photography Podcast I am totally back in. I recently purchased the Titan 8×10 and later today I plan to develop my first sheets of film from the camera. I’m a bit nervous as I’ve never developed 8×10 sheet film. Fingers crossed.

On Mother’s Day Ron and I took a drive up to Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood, Oregon. I was hoping to make some 8×10 images of the lodge but there were too many cars blocking the best view point. So I changed direction and made images of the trees, dead and alive. After visiting Timberline we decided to drive on to Trillium Lake but the road is still closed and we had too much equipment to hike in. We will return later when the road is open.

These are the images I made with the 4×5 Titan. I used Ilford Delta 100 film and the exposures were all just a few seconds of time. I had expected more clouds but by the time we got there the sun was out. Luckily no finger tips showed up in my images. I would love to find a 4 stop ND filter that would fit my Titan. Any ideas?

Enjoy the mountain:


the road to the mountain


One of the ski lifts


dirty snow and a dead tree




It’s such a beautiful place.

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Titan Trees

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.



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WPPD 2019

WorldWide Pinhole Photography Day 2019 was spent with some of the staff from Blue Moon Camera and many other pinhole fans. Blue Moon staff brought many pinhole cameras to drool over and to borrow for the day. Kurt Mottweiler brought examples of his gorgeous handmade cameras. I own his Woodblk 6×9 but am craving one of his curved plane models. My husband Ron made images with his little Rollei 35mm camera to document the day.

WPPD2019_Rollei (5 of 10)

Thanks to Blue Moon Camera

WPPD2019_Rollei (4 of 10)

Pete brought some images to share. That’s me in the back with my Titan 4×5

WPPD2019_Rollei (8 of 10)

Arthur giving some good pinhole advice

WPPD2019_Rollei (1 of 10)

Kurt with his amazing cameras

WPPD2019_Rollei (10 of 10)

yes, there was food. It was a picnic after all.

We met up at Westmoreland Park in SE Portland, Oregon. I made images with my Titan 4×5 and the Ondu 6×12 pinhole cameras. I haven’t developed the 4×5 sheets of film yet but wanted to share my images from the Ondu 6×12.

WPPD2019_Ondu6x12 (1 of 4)

getting set up. Image made with my Ondu 6×12

WPPD2019_Ondu6x12 (1 of 4)-2

Bocci Ball anyone? Ondu 6×12

WPPD2019_Ondu6x12 (2 of 4)-2

“PLAY BALL” Ondu 6×12

WPPD2019_Ondu6x12 (3 of 4)-2

relaxing by the pond. Ondu 6×12

I’m not sure what caused the dark areas on either end of the Ondu 6×12 images. I’ve not had that happen before. Time to investigate.

I will post the images I made with my Titan 4×5 as soon as I get them developed. In the mean time I am already planning for WPPD 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

Here’s one last look at Kurt Motteiler’s gorgeous cameras.

WPPD2019_Rollei (7 of 10)

Kurt’s cameras

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Restaurants in pinhole

Seems I am seldom able to go to a restaurant without one of my pinhole cameras. I used two different cameras making these photos: Reality So Subtle 6×6 with filter threads and the Reality So Subtle pinhole camera with upper and lower pinholes.  Usually my exposures in restaurants are on the long side, anywhere from 5 minutes to 45 minutes . However, at the bakery in Lake Oswego I wish I had the filter threaded pinhole camera as the exposures were only a few seconds in length and for the first time my fingers showed up in the photos.

All these photos were made using Kodak Portra 400 film.


Subway, Wilsonville Oregon


Subway decisions


Biscuits for breakfast, Wilsonville, Oregon


Looking out from Mo’s in Astoria


Mo’s in Astoria, Oregon


Bakery in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Note my hand over the top of the photo.


Lake Oswego bakery. Note the ghosty people placing their orders.

Enjoy your meals because I may be pinholing you.

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