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Reflection

Still working my way through those One Pinhole A Day photos. Here is December 14. I took this while eating lunch at my regular lunch hangout. I was probably eating my usual: grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Here are some random things going on in my head this week:

  • Somehow, over the weekend, I found myself deep in a pretty bad depression. I am finally coming out of it, but wow. It wasn’t fun. I think I am feeling very overwhelmed with the world lately and everything hit me the wrong way.
  • During this episode I was having insomnia and I took melatonin to help me sleep. This was a very bad idea. It made me super sleepy and drowsy, even after having 9 hours of sleep. And it kind of made the depression more difficult to work through (mostly because I was so tired).
  • I was curious about melatonin so I did some research and found some really interesting articles about it, especially this one in the NYT (thanks to Inge!).
  • In my research I found out how to use melatonin to combat jet lag.
  • I also found this quiz to help you figure out what kind of sleeper you are.  I “found out” that I am a “strong morning” person (I already knew this). But it was really cool to read about this and how my body naturally readies itself for bed at a particular time. I always thought this was something I trained myself to do but it looks like it’s more biological. Interesting stuff! The article also talks about using chronotherapy as a treatment for depression.
  • Totally unrelated to sleep, I read this blog post today about right action during troubled times and it made me feel a bit better.

About the photo:

It was made with a Holga WPC and Lomochrome Purple film.

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ZooLights

A few day before Christmas my Husband and I decided to go to the ZooLights holiday extravaganza at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. We got there about an hour before sunset so we had the advantage of wandering through the zoo to see the animals before the light show.

But then the sun went down and the lights came up! And the show began. I brought my pinhole camera and had the patience to make two exposures. One of them is the featured image for this post, the second I will talk more about below.

Here are a few iPhone snaps.

And here is the second pinhole shot from the evening (below). It’s amazing because for this shot I was inside this enclosure for at least 3 minutes with a few dozen people at any given moment during the shot. It was a busy through way and tight squeeze. I was curious to see how my shot would turn out. I was surprised to see that nobody appears in the picture!!
Zoolights

For both of these shots an Ondu MK2 6×6 and Kodak Portra 160 was used.

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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. 🙂


Geeky Bits

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

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Weeding

Today’s photoblog post revisits my One Pinhole A Day project. I brought my camera to work with me and pinholed the books piling up on the book truck as I weeded them.

You can follow more of this project on my photography website’s blog.

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Geeky Bits:

Camera: Terrapin Bijou
Film: Kodak Ektachrome
Exposure time: 15 minutes