My Titan 4×5

Two months ago I sent away for the new Harman Titan 4×5 pinhole camera. I didn’t know what to expect. It’s made of plastic. It’s an odd shape and it’s bulky. It came with a box of film and two boxes of photographic paper. All for under $200. So I figured if I didn’t like it I wasn’t out thousands so how bad could it be.

my camera with one of the prints on the typewriter

It wasn’t bad at all. I love it. I expected fuzzy pinhole photos. After all, these are long exposures and long exposures show movement and aren’t always sharp. They have a look of their own. I like the look and I use my other pinhole cameras(Zero Image) quite often. But I wanted to dabble in 4×5 film and I didn’t want to haul around a big camera. I thought this might be a good alternative.

courtyard at Leach Botanical garden

I load my film in the holders in my closet after I tape up any light leaks around the door. The room has to be completely dark and so I load the film by feel. So far I have had no problems doing it. I use my iPhone for my light meter setting the film speed and the f-stop at 235. My exposures have been ‘right on’.

I took the camera to California when I visited the Donner Lake area.

Rainbow bridge over the Donner Summit

Part of the first transcontinental highway

And I took it up to the Mount Hood area a couple of weeks ago.

Trillium Lake with Mt Hood

the Barlow wagon trail

the path around Trillium Lake

Looking at trees across the Salmon River

along the Salmon River

I prefer the black and white images, but these color ones aren’t too bad.

Trillium Lake and Mt Hood just before sunset

a lake, a mountain, a sunset and reflections

The exposures ranged from 3 seconds to 15 minutes, so take a book or look at the nature around you. It slows you down. Enjoy it.

(I have more dust spotting to do but just wanted to share these the way they came out of the camera.)

About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me. I use both digital and film cameras.
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1 Response to My Titan 4×5

  1. simon0252 says:

    A great series of images, Gretchen. Fantastic results from the Titan camera. Rainbow Bridge and Trillium Lake are my favourites 🙂

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