Enchanted Forest with a pinhole Camera

Photography

I shot quite a bit of pinhole at the Enchanted Forest when I was there in July. I’ll break this into two posts.

The lady and her shoe
The Old Woman’s Shoe
Ginberbread House
To Hansel and Gretel’s almost demise
Come Inside, my pretties.
Come Inside, My Pretties

These were all shot with a Terrapin Ace pinhole camera, 3-d printed by Todd Schlemmer, and Portra 160 film.

WorkSelfie

Photography

In May I am participating, with friends and fellow PNW pinhole photographers, in a show of our photography. This will take place in Seattle (more details soon). The show’s theme is “slowing the selfie.” So, as you can see, and as you can probably tell, I have selfies on my mind lately! I’ve been working really hard deciding on what I want to submit. This is my first real show. The process has been fun and interesting, and a little scary as well. ­čÖé

Here is a pinhole self portrait I took a few weeks ago. It’s always fun to see how these photos turn out when I scan them weeks later. For this photo, I like the way the iPhone headphone cord turned out.

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Geeky Bits

Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Portra 160
Exposure time: 20 minutes

Cultivating my supapowa*

Photography

Today’s photoblog image was taken during a Pinhole Mayhem outing in January. What a great day! We met in Downtown Portland and decided to do some pinhole street photography and selfies. It was perfect because it was sunny and beautiful. I will post more from that day when I have developed all of the film.

This particular photo was a group effort sort of thing. Gretchen or Donna (or both?) had something specific they were wanting to capture so while they were doing their thing I pinholed myself under the tree. Here is Gretchen’s shot from that set-up.

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Geeky Bits:
Camera: Zero 2000
Film: Portra 160
Exposure Time: 3 minutes (? I think.)

 

* This is a reference to the fantastic book “A Tale For The Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki. Which you should totally read.

I’ve got a peaceful, easy feeling

Photography

The desert. I promised I would write about the desert.

A couple of months ago I visited my Dad and stepmother at their new winter home in Needles California. Needles is on the border of California and Arizona, located in the Mojave Desert. I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I grew up in Spokane, WA, which is on the edge of a desert, and we drove through it on our way to other places. So my experience with the desert is limited to the High Desert of Eastern Washington.

I was delighted to finally visit this part of the country. I’ve never been to Arizona. I had an interesting reaction to this place. I felt very at-home here. It surprised me, frankly. I am not a hot-weather person. Physically, I don’t do well in anything above 80 degrees. But the heat didn’t bother me on this trip. I was really entranced by the place. It’s stunning in it’s stark beauty. The emptiness calmed me, made me feel at peace.

The history is interesting as well. Needles is on Route 66 and was once a very thriving town. The town has fallen into poverty in the years since Route 66 is no longer used as much. There are lots of vestiges from this time period. It’s both romantic and sad at the same time.

Here are some photos I took while I was there. The color shots were taken with my pinhole camera, and the black and white were made with an Olympus XA.

I was hoping to make it to the Grand Canyon, but unfortunately we couldn’t get out there this time. It is, for sure, on the books for next year.

You can read about Oatman Arizona at Pinhole Obscura, where I recently wrote a blog post about it. Many of the photos above were taken there.