Life through a (blurry) pinhole

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As an experiment I took off the lens from my Diana F+. I had been playing around with the different lenses, not really finding my ideal partner in crime yet.. The Diana has this awesome option, and I had seen a lot of pictures of people operating their pinholes with great ease and splendid grace. So I reconnend I could give it a shot.
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The results were.. surprising..

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I have two roles of blur and light flashes.. (I didn’t bother scanning more than four)

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Credits: lilo

I did get some nice results though.. The first photo has some nice light leaks, while the second shows what I wanted it to show (small happy dance!). The third photo, taken at one of the train stations in The Hague doesn’t show what I intented it to show, but did work out..

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Of course, almost no experiment is complete without my cat friend showing up somewhere.. In the first photo, I unfortunately only caught his ears, but in the second, I have a nice silouette of him against one of the windows.

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Credits: lilo

So what has my little experiment taught me? Well, that I need to let go of the ISO 400 more.. I did already buy some new film to continue with my learnings! Also, I learned, this whole lomo business is harder than it looks! ;)

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Credits: lilo

So how did you learn to operate your pinhole? Or are you still learning? Any tips are more than welcome!

written by lilo on 2011-10-03

4 Comments

  1. lomomomma
    lomomomma ·

    I haven't tried the pinhole yet. One of these days I'll be daring enough to give it a go!

  2. ibkc
    ibkc ·

    Forgive me for assuming, but it looks like you weren't using a tripod in at least some of these photos? A tripod, or at least keeping the camera steady by other means such as wedging it in a tree or something, is a must for pinhole work. Also, there are guides around on to how long to expose in different conditions; I actually took a screenshot of one such guide that is sold in the shop here on this site, printed it out, and taped it to the back of my Diana. In any case, some of these are very cool; I really like the last double exposure. Keep trying! :)

  3. lilo
    lilo ·

    @lomomomma: You should try it! It is an adventure..

    @ibkc: You assume right.. I thought I could wing it, but my Diana was less convinced. It is a good tip, it just makes the whole point and shoot thing a little more elaborate. I'll check the guides, before moving on with my little experiment. Thanks for the tip!

  4. gonzalosepulveda
    gonzalosepulveda ·

    I tried, a few years ago, to do a home made pinhole, it was a really good experience and i had no light leaks ! even though i only got 4 out of 10 good results. The others were even under or over exposured. Now i'm thinking in buying a Diana Multi Pinhole for my birthday :) i'll post some results someday.