I am struggling with where to start with regard to sharing this adventure with you. I suppose I will start with Day One. But I am going to have to break it up in parts because it was a big day. For my camera geek friends, These posts will be a mixture of Pinhole photos, photos from the Olympus XA, Instax, and iPhone snaps (I’ll geek out more about films used and exposure times at the end of the post).
Let’s start with The Van.
Alex, the organizer of this meetup was very kind to rent a giant van to pick up his American friends from the airport. We then used it to transport the lot of us to the Norfolk coast where we wandered and took photos.
I tried a taste of bacon bap from this charming little place.
The group of us walked and walked through beautiful landscapes.
Until, finally, we reached the North Sea.
It was the first of many beautiful places we would visit that day.
The pinhole photos were shot with a Reality So Subtle 6×6 and Ektar 100. All shots were around 5 seconds long.
The Black and White photos were shot with an Olympus XA and Ferrania P30.
This is kind of related to my trip to England, but totally not related at the same time. I wanted to share the first results from the Great International Terrapin Swap with you. Our first participant was Andrew from England, whom I met on Pinhole Day in Norwich. It was super fun to meet in person and watch him in action! Here are the results from our swap. You can see more over on my Flickr album.
And if you are interesting in participating check out Gitswap.org!
I FINALLY have photos to show you! These are some pinhole photos I took in January up on Mt Hood on a hike around Trillium Lake with some friends. The hike was meant to be a full moon hike but the clouds didn’t clear so we didn’t see the moon. But the sun set about halfway through our hike and it ended up being really fun hiking in the dark. I didn’t shoot any pinhole in the dark, for obvious reasons!
These were both shot with a Reality So Subtle 6×6 and Ektar Film The exposure times for both were around 2 minutes or so.
For developing, I did something different. I sent them off to The Darkroom for developing AND scanning. It was nice to not have to scan these and I didn’t have to do any post processing at all, apart from cropping out the vignette. The only downside is that I got the lowest quality scan and they are not very big files so if I ever want to print them I will have to re-scan them.
OH! And I can’t believe I didn’t blog about this! I was interviewed on a new podcast about pinhole photography: The Lensless podcast, a few weeks ago. You can listen here.
A long time ago, 4 years ago in fact, I started a little project called the Great Transatlantic Filmswap project. The project has had a couple of false starts, sadly. But I’m not ready to give up on it because I believe in it! It has been renamed The Great International Terrapin Swap, to be more world inclusive, and new camera has been 3d printed, and we are ready to release it into the world. You can find out more, sign up, and follow it’s adventures at Gitswap.org.
In the meantime here are a few test shots from the new camera. The camera is a Terrapin Oskar made by Todd Schlemmer. I used Portra 160.
This was was taken on my walk to work. I found this knife on the sidewalk and this stick sitting near it. A person walked by while I was making this and I wondered what they were thinking of the whole scene.
Camera: Zero 45(25mm)
Film: Illford FP4
Exposure time: 1 minute 30 seconds