2017 a year of Pinhole Photography

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  1. martin henson

    martin henson Admin Staff Member Registered User

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    This video represents a year of work using my Pinhole cameras, not all are Large format but what the heck :rolleyes:

    Made a few changes, music, image duration, added more images and background change



    Regards Martin
     
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    Well done. I particularly like the industrial landscapes. Happy shooting in 2018.
     
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    great work as always! HNY Martin!
     
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    very nice video, well done!
     
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    Nice project Martin, I'm not normally a fan of Pinhole cameras but you have some excellent images there :D

    Ian
     
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    Thank you, I must admit I have become a little addicted to using pinhole, I am in the process another project, (a local Crag) all with my 4x5 Zeroimage camera, I am struggling with the weather in my area, whenever I get a chance to go the light I want is just not there, when done I will post some pictures of it.
     
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    Two very nice sets of images.
    One question: All your verticals are vertical, although not all your horizons are central.
     
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    Thank you, however I not sure what you asking David, do you mean by central ,level ? Or half and half,
     
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    Very interesting Martin. I hope you don't mind but I do have a few questions...
    How do you frame your photographs when using the 5x4 ? Do you have a sense of how much of the scene you will get in the picture when choosing between the 25, 50 and 75mm focal lengths?
    What sheet film do you use, and how long are the exposures?
    You mention the light. What kind of light gives the results you are after?

    Oh, and did you play the classical guitar on the very nice soundtrack?
     
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    When the camera is level, the horizon is halfway up the frame and verticals are naturally vertical. Some of your images have tall chimneys and suchlike that are vertical, yet the vanishing point in the rest of the image suggests that you were lower that the mid-point of the chimney. Do you correct the verticals on screen or are you simply much cleverer than me in selecting viewpoints? You also have images that use strongly converging lines of course.
    Whatever the reason, I like them.
     
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    For large format I use a 4x5 cut out and hold it approx the focal length from my eye, so if I am using say 50mm then hold it 50mm from the eye, for the medium format do the same, for the Zero 2000 that would be 25mm.

    After using pinhole cameras for a while one does get a feel for the composition.

    Exposure times can vary from 10 sec to 5mins and longer dependant on the intensity of daylight. The shot from jersey coast of the moon rising was 1 hour 10mins.

    Sometimes in summer time to keep out of the split second area which can be guessed from half to 1/8 sec I sometimes have to use a ND filter when times go beyond 1/8th.

    The films used in the video were a mixture, the Zero2000 mainly Fuji Acros and Kodak Trix, and the Zero45 Kodak Trix 320.

    As regards light I like to shoot morning or evening if possible when the Sun is lower, I also like to include the light source, the Sun, in a lot of my images, this can be problematic as pinhole flair can be very nice or ruddy awful, shooting when the Sun is low lowers the risk of the awful flair and can create a very nice effect.

    I have messed about over the years playing classical guitar but sadly I have to admit not on the vid sound track.
     
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    I am usually at a low angle pointing up with the camera level on one axis, I have never had to correct a vertical so far David, I must be cleverer than thee ;)
     
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    Martin,
    Thank you for your very detailed answers. Much food for thought here. I do like your idea of a 4x5 cut-out held at various distances from the eye.
    I also like your very modest "I have messed about over the years playing classical guitar..." I make classical guitars but when it comes to playing have never even risen to the level of "messing about"

    Alan
     
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    Thank you.
     

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