13 seconds of bliss


13 seconds of bliss

It’s a new month and the perfect time to start a new focus for my photo blog. I’ll get back to self portraits at another time, perhaps. For now, here is a pinhole photo of daisies for you. I took this on a walk home from work in May. It is not often that I take a detour through the park, but I did on this day. And then I rested next to the creek while I made this photo. It was a relaxing 13 seconds.

This was shot with Lomo Purple. I am really liking this film the more I use it. I will share more Lomo Purple pinhole shots with you in later posts.

Geeky bits:
Camera: Terrapin Bijou
Film: Lomo Purple
Exposure time: 13 seconds

The truth is behind the kale and yogurt


The truth is behind the kale and yogurt.

Today’s photoblog was inspired by something a friend said on Facebook a couple of years ago. It was an observation about Facebook being the equivalent of opening up the refrigerator and staring blankly into it looking for something to satisfy a hunger that can’t be satiated with food.

I couldn’t agree more with that metaphor. You will never find what you are really looking for in the fridge. Or Facebook.


Geeky bits:
Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: 8 minutes 24 seconds

Pinhole Mayhem! March outing at the Tulip Festival


Once a month for the past year I have been going on a pinhole adventure with two fabulous ladies who are also passionately interested in¬†pinhole photography: Gretchen and Donna (and do go check out their extraordinary Flickr streams!). I realized that I don’t blog about my pinhole adventures with them! I am going to change that. Starting today.

We call ourselves Pinhole Mayhem. For reasons I can’t remember. I think it’s our band name. or something?

Anyway, here are photos from our March outing. We went to the Tulip Festival in Woodburn.

We started out at the Fred Meyer in Wilsonville where I grabbed a coffee. Gretchen had the idea to open up the shutter of her pinhole camera and “go shopping.” I thought it sounded fun, so I did it too. Here I am shopping in the booze aisle.


the Fred Meyers employees didn’t look at me weirdly AT ALL.

afterwards we went to Wooden Shoe Tulip farm – in between torrential downpours, luckily. We spent a couple hours tiptoeing through the tulips.

Tulip Festival

Blushing Girl

Ghosts in the tulip field

Ghosts in the Tulip Field.

And here is our group portrait for the month:

Pinhole Mayhem

for some reason we didn’t bring the masks¬†with us this time.

And we often cap the outing with lunch. This is my new favorite shirt to wear when I do pinhole self portraits.


For all of these photos I used my Zero 2000 and Ektar film. You see more from our adventures on my Flickr.





Today’s photoblog is a self portrait I took last month with the fabulous Terrapin Bijou using Lomo Purple film. I don’t know why, but I like this image. It kind of evokes a general feeling about work that I’ve been feeling these past few weeks. It’s not necessarily a bad feeling at all, just a tired feeling. I’ve been very busy getting ready for the Summer Reading Program and it’s exhausting. I have so many blog posts half written it’s not even funny. But there is always time for a photo post! And, apparently, there is time for a pinhole photo at work.


Geeky bits
Camera: Terrapin Bijou
Exposure: 6 minutes 53 seconds
Film: Lomo Purple (exposed at 100 ASA)
Development: C-41 at Blue Moon Camera And Machine.

Ghosts in the forest



Today’s pinhole self portrait was taken the same day as this one – at Trillium Lake on Mt. Hood. It was my second outing with the Terrapin Bijou, a camera gifted to me from Todd Schlemmer, maker and creator of the camera, on WPPD. I have since gone through about 4 rolls of film in this camera. I love it and can’t recommend it enough. The 4.5 x 6 format is new to me but it didn’t take long for me to warm up to it. It doesn’t hurt that you can get 16 shots on a roll.

Expect to see lots more results from this camera on the blog!

Geeky bits
Camera: Terrapin Bijou – 25mm configuration
Film: Fuji Acros 100
Exposure time: 1 minute 25 seconds
Development: Stand developed for 1 hour in Adonal, 1 + 100.

Self At Hug Point


Self at Hug Point

Today’s photoblog image is another paper negative, taken a couple of weeks ago when I visited Hug Point on the Oregon Coast. This is an interesting place. I shot a lot of pinhole there and am hoping I can squeeze a Pinhole Obscura post out of my visit there.

Geeky bits:
Camera: Zero 4×5; 25mm configuration
Paper: Illford glossy something or other
Develop: Illford multigrade

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day


Way back in April, (the 26th to be exact) there was a meeting in Portland of pinhole photographers from around the world. It was an epic day. It started at 6:30 am with a sunrise meetup and ended around 10:00 pm and bowling. So much fun was had by all. It was completely awesome to meet several of my online friends for the very first time, and to see other online friends again. Next year we are planning on meeting in Barcelona for WPPD and I can’t wait. Raf and I are already making plans for our holiday there! (If you’ve been there and have ideas for things we must see let me know!).

There is a really wonderful set of images from everyone who attended our #GitTogether that day on the Pinholeday.org gallery. Check it out here!

It was really hard to choose the photo I wanted to submit for WPPD gallery, but in the end I chose the Keep Portland Weird photo I featured on my blog a few weeks ago.

Here are more pinhole images from the day.

The Human Statue

The Human Statue. Terrapin Bijou and Ektar 100.

The Florist

The Florist. Terrapin Bijou and Ektar 100.

The Violin Player

The Violin Player. Terrapin Bijou and Ektar 100.

The cat and the monkey

The Cat and the Monkey. Zero 2000 and Acros 100.

Gretchen at Newspace

Gretchen at Newspace. Zero 2000 and Acros 100.

Bowling for Bagdad

Bowling for Bagdad (accidental double exposure). Zero 2000 and Acros 100.