Using a pinhole camera with its inherit long exposures can bring some pleasant surprises.
I enjoy using my pinhole camera without a view finder or lens because it makes me slow down during the long exposures. Without a viewfinder I have to use my own eye and try to see the composition in my brain instead of on a LCD screen. Then there is the anticipation while the film is at the lab. I’m never quite sure what will come back, sometimes good and sometimes not, but always unique.
I used it on Christmas Day at my friend’s house and I think it is a great way to have your portrait taken. If you move then you are a ghost. If you move too much then you are just ekto-plasma. Trying to explain to some people about the long exposures and how they affect the outcome is a futile exercise. I just set the camera on a tripod and then exposed the film.
All the exposures were between 15 and 30 minutes. I used Fuji 400 ISO film. Usually, I use Kodak Ektar 100 but since I was shooting inside I decided to go to 400 so the exposures would be shorter. I am pretty happy with the results although I am getting a color cast. So now I have a New Year’s resolution that doesn’t have to do with diet and exercise: figure out how to remove the color cast.
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrate, and that you put some of the memories on film. Now, I need a nap after all the decorating and celebrating.
Now that I have my first resolution for 2013 I better get busy and come up with a few more. I think I am going to try to come up with more that have to do with my photography. How about you?