Here is what I shot on April 29, 2012 for World Wide Pinhole Photography Day this year. I have participated on WWPD since 2007 and this was another good year.
I’ve been busy on weekends and rather prolific this year. Lots of film shot and processed.
We had a great family wedding in the last weekend in October. Although I have several digital cameras, I chose to shoot film because I wanted to create images that stand out in our modern, color, digital world.
Square photographs were shot with a Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 532/16 with a 80mm 2.8 tessar lens on Ilford Delta 3200 film shot at EI1600 and processed in DD-X 1+5 for 11 minutes. Rectangles were shot with a Nikon F100 and 85mm f/1.8 lens on 35mm Kodak Tri-X 400 and processed in DD-X 1+4 for 8 minutes with no agitation for the last 2 minutes. These were printed in the darkroom, scanned and photoshopped ’til I was happy.
Alida and I made a nice trip to a place called Murphy’s Landing in September. I think it was September. Alida is a historical fiction writer and this was a great chance to see the re-creations of the 1750-1875 era in the upper Midwest. The location is set up with period buildings (although the structures are from other sites) and staffed by wonderful and knowledgeable interpreters of Minnesota history. Check it out!
In July, we went to Colorado to write and make photographs. We stayed in Minturn, a small town near Vail and used it as a base to hike from. We hiked across the road, up a big hill to Lion Head Rock. Another day, we drove to Shrine Mountain and had a fabulous hike up a muddy trail and finally ended up on snow. The last couple days, we hiked near town on a trail called Cross Creek Trail through vistas of mountains, streams, a beaver lodge and more.
We went out on the Mississippi on October 22 and had a wonderful time. We saw an adult bald eagle and two juveniles. We also saw a small parade of turkeys walking along the bank in single file. As we got closer, they took flight and flew across the river to the opposite bank. Check out Clear Waters Outfitting Company in Clearwater, MN if you want to rent a canoe or kayaks and take a 13 mile or 8 mile trip.
I have been shooting a lot of film this year (what else is new!) My formats of choice have been a little 35mm, but mostly medium and large format 6X6cm, 4×5 and 8×10. Here are some selected shots from the year so far. The new darkroom is taking shape in my basement. There were some plumbing incidents that I won’t discuss on this post, let’s just say that it’s a bad idea to start a project at 4pm on a Sunday, one hour before the hardware store closes. Let’s just say that it’s even a worse idea to do it two weeks in a row. Learning curve.
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The nature of things in our backyard. We moved in mid-August to a house in Hopkins, and for the first few weeks I set up a camera near our bird feeder to greet the birds of the neighborhood. We have … Continue reading
I got out shooting with my friends in LUMP, the League of Upper Midwestern Pinhole photographers on Saturday in honor of World Wide Pinhole Photography Day.
We went to Stillwater, MN in a cold rain and luckily had a few minutes in the morning when it was cold, but not that rainy. Then, we had some lunch. Not a bad morning at all.
I shot two rolls and had some nice results using my Speed Graphic and a 6×8 roll back, sometimes a red filter. 60mm focal length, .3mm pinhole for f/200. Fuji Acros shot at EI64 and processed in Rodinal 1:100 for 18 minutes.
It’s almost WWPD Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and I’m testing and training for it. Every April is a time of awakening for my outdoor photography. I don’t want to shoot in the cold if I don’t have to, and often, I don’t 🙂
Here are the gems from a quick roll on Sunday, April 17th. With the exception of the middle of the road shot which was four seconds and no filter, the rest were 16 – 21 second exposures, Acros 100 at EI80, used a red filter. Speed Graphic with 6×8 roll back, .3mm pinhole at 60mm focal length processed in Rodinal 1:100 for 18 minutes.