Zigzag Falls – a look back to WPPD 2013

Photography

Here is my latest post on Pinhole Obscura (been a long time)..

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In less than one week  I will board a plane for Amsterdam where, the following Sunday, I will hang out with the rest of the gang from Pinhole Obscura for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. To say I am excited is an understatement. This will be the first time meeting my friends in real life, and hopefully it will be the first of many times we are able to get together to play pinhole. We will feature a post on this blog sometime in May with pinhole photos from the day, so keep an eye out for  that!

I thought it might be fun to write a post about my entry for WPPD last year. A few weeks before WPPD I found a pinhole camera kit I had stored in my closet for years. I looked through the kit many times in the past but always became overwhelmed by the instructions and…

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Exciting things!

Photography

Contrary to how things look from the lack of activity on this blog, there has been lots going on! Lots of really great things. It all relates to photography, which is why it hasn’t been on this blog. I’ve been posting lots of that stuff on my photography blog. Also, I think I might have spread myself a bit thin in the blogging department because I am finding less time for personal blogging. Which is a shame because I miss Blatherskite. I am going to try to make more of an effort to update here. I am thinking that in April I will post everyday.

I thought that today I would an update with some of the photography projects going on. The first of those things is my latest camera acquisition!

It is a large format pinhole camera. Which means it is a camera that uses sheet film – 4×5 sized. It’s a whole new, exciting world for me! This camera is really great because it is so versatile. I can use 4×5 film but I can also put a back on it that takes medium format film as well.  This camera also has zone plate settings, which I am looking forward to playing with.  Last week I played with some 4×5 film – even developed it myself. You can read all  about my adventures here.

The next exciting project is that I am finally going to build a darkroom in my apartment. This has been coming together really quickly and I’m super excited! My biggest hurdle with having my own darkroom has been lack of space. But last week my Twitter friend Jeff offered up a small, old, enlarger that he wasn’t using anymore.  I ended up being the lucky recipient of it! When he offered it all of a sudden the possibilty of a darkroom appeared in my mind and I could see how it could happen, and pretty easily. He sent me the enlarger’s dimensions and, sure enough, they worked for my small space. So off it went in the mail! I got it on Monday and put it together. It. is awesome.

It only takes 35mm negatives but that is just fine. It’s perfect for my postcard exchange project.  I am going to start collecting all of the things I will need to make this happen. It will be a temporary darkroom. I will set it up and take it down when not in use.

I am going to blog about this project so stay tuned! I may even do a Youtube video about it too.

Portland’s Japanese Garden

Photography

Hi there! I posted something on Pinhole Obscura today and thought I would share it here too in case anyone is interested. Thank you and have a nice day.

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Portland’s Japanese Garden is beautiful. It is the home of The Tree (a gorgeous, often photographed,  Japanese maple tree worthy of its own Flickr group).  Considered by some “the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan,” It is worth visiting if you are in Portland.

I visit often because I find it relaxing. There are all kinds of nooks and crannies that are made for sitting and meditating. The park was made explicitly for this purpose: meditating and reflecting.  So as you wander around you are not overwhelmed by color and architecture. Instead you are calmed by the ponds and pools,  or the varying shades of green in the shrubbery and trees.

It was overcast and rainy the day that I went and because of the trees, a little dark for my 100 speed iso film. My exposure times were longer than I like. However, it ended up being…

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“Sorrow drips into your heart through a pinhole…”

Books, Music, Art, Movies, Photography

Sometimes on the steps of the red chapel

Those Death Cab lyrics have nothing to do with this post at all, but since I am on a DCFC kick and have been listening to their music lately and I love that song and it uses the metaphor of a pinhole… well. Why not?

I visited The Grotto again a couple of weekends ago! It happens to be an Atlas Obscura location so I brought my pinhole camera and had some fun.

I mentioned that I am fascinated with the way pinhole photography renders people and crowds and I am continuing to experiment with this. I am especially interested in self portraits using a pinhole camera. Since the exposures are so long I can insert myself for an extended period of time into the photo and then I become a ghost in the photo. The photo above is an example. Here are a couple more:

Self Portrait hiding in there somewhere.

I am hiding in this photo somewhere.

tree ghosts

And here too.

It is all very fun to see the expressions on the faces of the passers-by when they see a wooden box on a tripod and it’s owner doing something in front of this wooden box. I don’t think they know what to make of it at all. Most of them ask about the wooden box and I am always enthusiastic about telling them about it but they get bored and their eyes glaze over when I mention the word “aperture.”

You can see a couple non-self portrait photos from this excursion on Pinhole Obscura.

And here is the video for the song “Marching Bands of Manhattan,” which is completely bizarre. As music videos tend to be.