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Portland City Slicker: The Holidays Through a Pinhole

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?

written by yankeemiss


  1. kneehigh85


    These are great! My pinholes are either less than a minute, or overnight!

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  2. blueskyandhardrock


    cool shots! xo

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