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.

2013-01-26 09.30.16

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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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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