Friday, May 24, 2019

Pinhole Camera Showdown

This past Pinhole Day I had a simple choice:  use my new Reality So Subtle Pinhole (RSSP).  I have the 6X6F model and recently ordered the 6X9F model.  The RSSP 6X6F really performed beautifully in the low light at Aztec Ruins, NM:

More from Aztec Ruins coming soon..........

My RSSP 6X9 has just arrived, so I will add it to the competition.  So what IS the competition?  I have a number of pinhole cameras, some of which I have never used.  My husband also has a few that he's not sure he wants to keep.  So over the next few weeks I will be testing these pinholes, some as I've said seemed like a good idea at the time, but have never been used:

First the Ilford 4X5 Camera Obscura (top).  For the most part I haven't used this because the direct positive print paper was unavailable for a long time (but I have some now).  And I also realized that the only practical way to use this camera was to carry a changing bag and extra box to place the exposed images in.  Otherwise it was a one shot deal.  For the Showdown, I'll probably restrict my shooting to my immediate neighborhood.

Second camera above, the 3D Printed Panorama Pinhole.  It may be a great camera, but I need to try it.  And sitting in my cabinet all these years has not helped me to decide if it's a keeper.

The Ondu and Zero Image adjustable 6X7 cameras.  Both cameras have exhibited a similar problem: film does not stay flat resulting in distorted images.  Also my husband had experienced a lot of scratches with the Ondu.

The FinalCompetition Entry is my newest Reality So Subtle 6X9F:

Pinholes that have Made the Cut and are Keepers: Reality so Subtle 6X6F, Holga Panorama Pinhole, Diana Multi Pinhole.  I'll show examples from the Keepers in my next post.

Non-Keepers may be given away...........

Monday, May 20, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pinhole Pairs #1

I happened to have some fortuitous pairs of images taken with the Reality So Subtle Pinhole and the Mamiya-6.  Makes for an interesting contrast:

 Fountain from the Mayo Clinic Cactus Garden

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Biosphere2: Experiments in Progress

Above: They are rebuilding the Ocean Laboratory; starting with Algae and 
building the new environment from the ground up.

Above: a new Climate Lab (this shows one of three isolated labs).  They are starting with crushed rock of volcanic origin and varying the climate conditions to see how it affects soil development and
eventually the growth of crop plants.  These areas were originally used to grow food for the Biosphere inhabitants.

Above: An ongoing experiment testing techniques for growing food on
another Planet.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Biosphere2: Living Quarters

Original Biosphere Living Quarters for the original 1991 Project.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Biosphere2: Rainforest

The Biosphere started as an experiment in living in 1991, aimed at testing 
system for living on other Planets.  The original project failed in the end, but the University of Arizona has turned it into an Environmental Experimentation Lab and Conference Center.  Here we see two scenes from the Rainforest Section of the Lab.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Are You Ready for Tomorrow? Worldwide Pinhole Day

By Ximena-Astudillo-Delgado:

I did complete my range testing at Arcosanti.  First image at 6 ft from the sign, with the sign approximately 8 ft wide:

Second image showing most of the Complex at 75-80 feet:

Thursday, April 25, 2019


This week we will start exploring the Biosphere2 as I wrap up my time in Arizona......I made this Photomerge of two images to capture the entire structure.  Still working on a good color balance as I was shooting Tungsten Film (CineStill 800):

I didn't have a Tungsten filter so I used my 81C Warming Filter which worked well in full sunlight, but not as well in this overcast shot.......

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Yep, Another Film Test

Just when you thought it was safe and this film testing process was done.  I've joined the Frugal Film Project, which requires that I use a cheap camera and find the cheapest film.  This is not the camera for the Project, but I will be testing one of my choices, Kodak ColorPlus 200, on my drive home using one of my trusty X-700's.

I'm using a 1960's vintage Canonet QL that I bought online from Goodwill:

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

Figuring Out My Reality So Subtle........

In time for Worldwide Pinhole Day: April 28, 2019.

I recently acquired a Reality So Subtle Pinhole 6X6F Camera from James Guerin.

Of Course, remember to take the lens cap off.  A mistake I made in an early shoot. Below, the uncapped camera with the shutter closed:

And then with the shutter open:

So now, what problem did I have? Figuring out distances and limits on the view:

I was trying to use what appeared to be the range finder on the top.  But it is not obvious how to apply it.  Of course, now that I have examined more of the online literature, I can see my mistakes, sort of.  Now I know that the view is 99 degrees.  Going forward I will try to utilized that angle of view to figure out what I am seeing.  I also experienced vignetting when I tried to use the filter.  But I attached a 62mm filter....too small.  I will try a 77mm filter for B&W next time:

I will be doing some more range finding tests in preparation for Worldwide Pinhole Day.  Also starting with Portra 160 film since I have some good time tests (see link below).  I will post what I find along the way.........

Link to 2017 Portra 160 Time Tests

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Ilford HP5 Personal Review

We pick up with HP5 where we ended with FP4, at the Natural Bridge:

I had lost track of my FP4 roll being only 24 exposures.  I had this one last shot that I wanted to take and was out of FP4.  But I had my trusty extra roll in the camera bag: HP5.  So I got the shot that I wanted.  I'll be making more trips back to the natural bridge, so I'll be re-shooting with the Mamiya-7 and T-MAX 400.

Then I made a few more images at the Mayo Clinic Phoenix Cactus Garden:

Above, a barrel cactus, but barely in view.  
Below, zooming through the 'cactus window' for a closer look.

A final image of a statue honoring the Spirit of the Native Inhabitants, given to the Clinic by a grateful patient:

I'll remake tis image with the M7 also.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

Not April Foolin': Silberra PAN 100 Results Part I

Similar contrast problems as I reported for Silberra PAN160.  So no need to repeat that here, just follow the link.

I did encounter a different problem here.  Maybe it was just a bad roll with soft emulsion.  But I had tons of scratches.  I did not have this problem with the PAN 160. And my film lab (old School Labs) has never scratched my film like this before.  So we'll assume it was a bad/extra soft emulsion:

Tomorrow we'll look at what turned out better.......

Sunday, March 24, 2019

52 Rolls Redux: A Trip North to Yellowstone

The last two entries were from January 2016.  Now lets jump ahead to the Fall of 2017 and our trip to Yellowstone:


Finally getting back into action.  Wrapping up my posts from Yellowstone with an interesting spring called the Orange Mound:

And Ending with more from the Sunrise over Excelsior Geyser:

Tech Info:  Mamiya 7 with Portra 160 film; Developed and scanned by Old School Photo Labs.

Friday, March 15, 2019

My Ilford FP4 Personal Review......

My results are back for the Ilford FP4 Film Test and I was surprised!  I followed the exposure advice of the Phoblographer and was pleased with the results:

  • Underexposed 1 stop outdoors in bright sunlight
  • Over exposed 1 stop indoors

My Panorama of the Salt River Bridge composed of the two images below using Photomerge:

Because of sound advice from someone who had already spent the time figuring it out, I experienced none of the problems that I've had with Film Ferrania P30 or Silberra Pan 160/100.  So I won't repeat what the Phoblographer said in his review........just check it out.

Below, a few shots from the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.  You'll see more from this location coming soon.

First the view from the North Side.

And views from the South Side:

These turned out a bit over exposed still.  I had used a dark orange filter and took a filter factor of 1 instead of 2.  Next time I will not use a filter factor.  I think the FP4 35 mm is worth another spin around the block.  I do like it better than HP5.

Special view from the top of the Natural Bridge looking through a hole to the bottom:

My next FP4 posting will be the 120 film that I received from my Secret Santa.  The Phoblographer does warn that the larger format has some issues.  We'll see.