5×4 Pinhole Results

28 01 2013

This should have happened a lot sooner, but for a while, I’d thrown the half finished camera into a corner, having realised that pine is bloody awful to work with. I’d used thinner strips of cherry wood for my 6×6 camera, and going from a thinner hardwood to this pine sheet wasn’t especially pleasant. As a result, the camera is a tad wonky and rough.

But, a couple of weeks ago, I dug it out, sanded it as much as I could be bothered doing, lined any leaky areas with black foam, and gave it a coat of varnish. It’s more or less presentable, and just about does the job.

It’s a 70mm focal length, F195 pinhole. At the moment, the film holder just slots into the back, and is held firm by the foam light sealing. At some point, I intend to add a hinged back, to push the holder more firmly into place, as I do have a slight light leak issue along the ‘open’ side.

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Yep, that’s a beer mat acting as a shutter.

All the photos were shot on Tetenal photographic paper, just slightly smaller than 5×4 on the shorted side (which means being careful about sliding the darkslides back into place, as I discovered when I accidentally lost a shot due to the paper getting caught on the wrong side of the slide upon replacement). The negatives were scanned and inverted in PS. With the exception of some dust removal, and a couple of very minor levels adjustments, all the photos are pretty much as they came out of the camera in terms of exposure.

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6×6 Cherry Pinhole

15 10 2012

Following on from a post a couple of weeks ago, where I posted some progress photos of a medium format pinhole camera I have been constructing from wood (thin cherry boards), this is my progress with the camera so far.

The test roll showed some major faults with the design of the camera.

1. The clasp I used wasn’t well suited to the design, making opening and closing the box difficult.

2. The film winding mechanism is far too loose, resulting in the film winding back on itself periodically. I managed to counteract this to some extent by use of gaffa tape, but clearly that’s not an ideal solution, nor is it very pretty.

3. The film itself was given too much room to travel, resulting in a curved film plane, and also making it difficult at times to view the frame numbers in the window.

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One Thing Leads to Another

1 10 2012

In this case, it’s photography leading to DIY. Honestly, I’m now nearly as excited about new power tools as I am about new cameras.

For a while now, my interest in pinhole photography has led me to pretty much seeing any light tight, hollow object as a potential camera (and to demonstrate what I mean, let me tell you that I’ve been eyeing up a top hat for just this purpose for a while now).

I’ve also been ogling various premade pinhole cameras, such as the Zero Image lovelies, and the gorgeous Noon Pinholes available on Ebay. But I can’t quite bring myself to spend £100 on a pinhole camera, no matter how beautiful, since pinhole to me is very much all about doing things yourself, from scratch – learning photography from the absolute ground up, as it were.

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Biscuit Tin Pinhole Camera

19 09 2012

Wandering around charity shops last weekend, I picked up a wooden biscuit box, thinking it’d make a great base for a pinhole camera. Unfortunately, it had a plastic lining on the interior, which would have been a pain in the ass to work with.

Later the same day, in a different shop, I found what looked like the exact same box, but upon closer examination, the plastic inside this one was a removable insert. Clearly, this was meant to be.

The box, before modification:

Biscuit Cam

Biscuit Cam

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Polaroid to Pinhole

6 05 2012

Some time ago, whilst researching the idea of building an instant pinhole camera, I saw a photograph of a Polaroid packfilm camera which had been gutted, and converted. Ever since, it’s been something I’ve wanted to try for myself, but the price of the cameras is often high, even for non-working models, and recently, they’ve been few and far between. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick 35mm Pinhole Conversion

8 04 2012

J and I picked up a box of cameras ages ago from a car boot, for about £2. Just a collection of cheap point and shoots, some with flash, various formats. I’ve been dipping into them for night out cameras here and there, but mostly they’ve just been awaiting creative inspiration.

Recently, I’ve been very into pinhole photography. I’ve build a large format pinhole camera, and done a few tests with photographic paper, but I don’t have anything worth posting just yet. I’ve ordered a box of sheet film, and am hoping to get some clearer results using that, but we’ll see. Another project in the offing is a Polaroid pinhole conversion, which I’m pretty excited about, but again, I’m waiting for things to arrive.

So, itching to do something pinholey, I fished this little lovely from the box of cameras.

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