Polaroid Week


This is Polaroid week! It was a good excuse to purchase some new Polaroid film to play with. While I waited for my film to arrive I decided to play with the Polaroid 145 back I recently acquired to use with my Zero 45.

I play with instant film once in a blue moon, so it took a few tries to remember that you have to wait a few minutes to let the image develop before you peel apart the film. When I figured that out, though, the fun began! I’ve been having a blast all week with this, regardless of the lack of light and reciprocity failure. I am loving the “instant” results. (though this being pinhole, it’s still slow photography).




This particular shot was a 4 hour exposure!


The weather has been lousy this week for my new Polaroid film, but I’m giving it the old college try today. I will post the results in a few days.

Mountain Festival




Mountain Festival Kicks off Summer in Sandy. It occurs around the second weekend of July and most of the action takes place in the park, though the whole city gets involved. The festival is a combination of art vendors, music on the two stages, and food booths from the local non profits. Each year for the past several years I’ve volunteered at the Yakisoba Noodle booth, run by Mt Hood Hospice. The fixings for the noodles are donated by a company in Portland so all of the money made at the booth goes to Mt Hood Hospice. The members of Wy’East Zen Center volunteer there on Sundays as a way to show our appreciation for their generous donation of the space (this is where we hold our weekly meditation meetups).

The photo above is a pinhole photo taken two years ago with my Zero 45. I used the 50mm configuration and a 120 roll back. Ektar film was used.

Here are some snapshots from the day! I always enjoy spending money at this event. I feel like it’s good karma to support you local artist. ๐Ÿ™‚

An afternoon walk


Here are the last few shots from that first round of c-41 developing I did last month. I took these while on a little walk on the trail near my house. I used my Zero 45 with a 120 roll back and the film I used was Ektar 100.

Incidentally, The photo of the river (above) was a longer exposure and I was nervous about encountering a mountain lion since that is where the previous sightings had been. You can read about that story hereย and here.

an afternoon walk

A Meal – Pinholed


I did a lot of pinholing of meals, mostly of me eating lunch, when I did my One Pinhole A Day project. Here is a meal with others. I brought my Zero 45 with me to a restaurant in Portland where I had lunch with my coworkers after running the Jingle Bell Run. At one point I had to move the camera to the other side of the table to make room for others. I really like the way this came out! I love that when you begin a pinhole photo you never know what will happen in the moments that tick away during an exposure. The spontaneity is a big part of the fun. And turning people into ghosts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Geeky Bits

Camera: Zero 45 (25mm)
Film: Illford Delta 100
Exposure time: 38 minutes, 7 seconds
Stand developed in Adonal for one hour.