I don’t think I have mentioned this here on this blog, but I have been part of a really wonderful project these past months: The Next Best Thing Pinhole Project, hosted by Herschel of Square Peg Pinhole. If you haven’t heard of it, I encourage you to go check it out. There are several of us all over the world posting two images for each of the 4 quarters of the year, a culture image and a landscape image. Pinhole photography is the medium. I have really, really enjoyed seeing the submissions from around the world but the highlight for me (so far) was seeing the photo of penguins in Antarctica.


Above is my landscape submission from last quarter.

I can’t resist swishing my feet through a pile of leaves on a beautiful fall day. It is one of my favorite things this time of year. This photo was taken on a very windy fall day at Wildwood Park on Mt. Hood in Oregon.
Camera: Zero 4×5 (25mm configuration) with Graflex “23” 120 roll back.
Film: Expired Fuji Provia, cross processed.

Here is where the rest of my photos submitted so far are, if you are interested.

River Pool


river pool

Here is a photo I took last September. This has been sitting in my “photos to upload to Flickr” folder for months and months. When I first saw it, it didn’t do much for me. It was one of those where I thought, “Meh.” So it just sat there, waiting for me to upload it. I finally got around to it the other day and I am surprised by the positive feedback I have received on Flickr. Why is it so hard to know what other people will like compared to what I like? I feel so disconnected with that part of the creative process, and I do feel like connecting with others is part of the creative process. But I feel like it should be genuine and true to oneself. However, one can’t deny the way something connects with others, either. That’s important, too.


Geeky Photo Bits
Camera: Zero 4×5 (25mm) with Graflex ’23’ 120 back.
Exposure: 1 minute
Film: Provia (expired)
Develop: C-41 (lab)
Scan: Epson V500


Surreal Purple Landscape


I mentioned a few months ago that I saw the documentary The Enclave at the Portland Art Museum. The documentary was filmed in Aerochrome which renders the landscape in brilliant pinks and reds. The choice of this film was brilliant for many reasons. Reasons that belong in their very own blog post.

This particular blog post is about film. Being a film photography enthusiast, I am fascinated by a film that changes the look of a landscape. Sadly, Aeorchrome is discontinued.

Enter Lomography*.

They are selling a film called Lomochrome Purple XR. The film does something similar in that it shifts greens to purples and creates very surreal landscapes. Blue Moon sells it locally so I picked some up and loaded it into my Olympus XA. Here are the results.

The film has an ISO rating of 100-400, so I tried it at 100, 200, and 400, depending on where I was. I didn’t see much of a difference in color shifts in the various ISO choices. The photos shot in brighter sunlight seem to be a bit more purpley but not that much more, as you can see above.

Yesterday I shot a roll of Lomo Purple in my pinhole camera at the beach and I am really looking forward to seeing how those came out. I will share the results here when I get them back from the lab.

*As much as I want to hate Lomography I can’t. They keep making products I like! Dammit!

Cathedral Wisp


Cathedral Wisp

Over Christmas I decided to take long-neglected Zero 2000 (pinhole camera) out for a spin. I finally scanned the negatives this past week. This was the last shot on the roll. I used the shot up at Cathedral Park in Portland on my way to dropping the film off at Blue Moon Camera And Machine.

Scanning these photos has reignited my desire for pinhole photography. Of course that desire is always there, hiding under the surface, but looking at these makes me want to go out and do it again. Also: I really love color pinhole so very very much.

I took another shot of this with my Olympus XA and Lomography Purple film that I will share next week. Very interesting results with that film!


Geeky photo bits:

Camera: Zero 2000
Aperture: F138
Exposure: 23 seconds
Film: Ektar 100
Develop: C-41 (lab)
Scan: Epson V500

The beginning of a beautiful friendship


You know this post is about a camera, right? No. I’m not obsessed. Not at all. :)

Several months ago I was commissioned to knit a Dr. Who scarf for a Twitter friend. It was a fun project to knit and the recipient is very happy, which, in turn, makes me very happy as well (I love how that works :) ). The money that I was paid to knit the scarf went toward a new (old) camera that I’d been wanting: an Olympus OM1. I found an excellent deal on Ebay and It even came with a battery so I could start shooting right away. It was the body only but I’d bought an Olympus OM10 awhile back that didn’t work, but came with the nifty fifty lens and a nice leather strap so I used the lens and strap from the broken camera for my new OM1n.

Instantly I fell in love with this camera. The size of it is perfect for a day wandering around town. And the simplicity of it is perfect! It is so intuitive and easy to use. I can see the appeal of this camera and now understand why it is revered by many.

I kind of feel like letting go of all of my other SLRs. That is how much I love this camera. I think I’m done. I’ve found the one.

love in a hopeless place

Love In A Hopeless Place




Donna and her pinhole camera

Donna and her Pinhole Camera


Reservoir 6

Reservoir 6


Lunch – Pinhole Self Portrait



One of the things I have wanted to do this year was re-start my sheet-a-day project. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. I don’t know why. There are a lot of things that I wanted to start in the new year that haven’t happened. Maybe it’s the struggle with depression. Maybe it’s because my job has gotten a bit more busy lately. Maybe both? I wonder sometimes if there are too many things that I “need to do” as far as creativity goes. I want to write more. I want to shoot more pinhole. I want to draw everyday. I want to read more everyday. I need to meditate everyday. I need to exercise everyday. I need to knit everyday. Somehow if I do these things I will be happier. I know that that I need creativity in my life. I know that I am happier when I am doing something creative everyday. But c’mon. This list of things to do is overwhelming. How to fit it all in?

Maybe this is my big lesson for the new year.

Maybe just doing what is in front of me is enough. Like eating lunch. Maybe just eating lunch is enough to make me happy.

Anyhoo. Here is a self portrait I took when I was doing the sheet-a-day project.


Geeky bits:

Camera: Zero 4×5
Focal Length: 25mm
Aperture: 138
Exposure: 243 seconds
Film: Arista.edu
ISO: 100
Scan: V700
Metered with Lumu light meter.
Stand developed in Adonal.

Tree Bones


Tree bones

Here is something a little different: A non-pinhole photo! I recently bought an Olympus OM1 and it has become my favorite SLR. I will write a blog post about it soon, but for now here is a quick photo I took last month up at Mt. Tabor in Portland.

Geeky photo bits:
Camera: Olympus OM1
Lens: Standard 50mm lens that comes with these cameras
Film: Adox Silvermax 100
Develop: Adonal stand developed
Scan: V500