While we were in Norwich, our flat was near a really charming cobblestone lane that we walked on a lot to get from one place to another. It turns out that this is an historical place (but to be honest, what doesn’t have historical significance in Europe?). The place is called Elm Hill and I took a lot of photographs there. I watched a television documentary on Norwich that mentioned something important about the thatched roof building in a bunch of these photos, and I can’t for the life of me remember what that important thing was. And I can’t quickly Google it. But you can read about the history of it and the rest of Elm Hill here.
Incidentally, I had the best chat with the lady sitting on the bench in the Black and White photo. It turns out, she knew exactly where Portland, Oregon was because she had family living here. What are the odds?
Reality So Subtle 6×6
Pinholeday was a rainy ramble through the city of Norwich. It was a little cold but we didn’t let that stop us! Rain is a pinhole photographer’s friend. This day will be broken up into 3 different posts entirely based on the cameras I used. Today I will feature the Reality So Subtle 6×6 pinhole camera.
The day started at Norwich Castle and meandered along the River Wensum.
We stopped for coffee along the way…
The evening was capped by bowling and beer.
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.