Seaside Pinhole Photography

May 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Zero Image 35mm Pinhole, South Shore Kauai, HawaiiZero Image PinholeSouth Shore Kauai, Hawaii In my last quarterly newsletter I had a feature article on pinhole photography in Hawaii. In this post, I'd like to share one sample photo with you. If you are interested in the full newsletter article or future newsletters, please, subscribe by creating an account on my website - just follow the login link at top right.

On my recent trip to Hawaii, I packed an extra camera on top of my DSLR. Just a tiny bit of extra space was needed for my wooden Zero Image 35 mm pinhole camera, and a few rolls of black and white film. In the end, my final choice was the Ilford PANF Plus ISO 50 film that I believed would work really well for the well lit coastline, and for some dreamy long exposures.

To give you an idea how the whole pinhole set up works on location, I am including a behind-the-scenes iPhone picture. Please, excuse my equipment not properly matching from a time point of view. A classic wooden tripod would certainly look more suitably under a camera like this, but since I already had this carbon fiber tripod and a sturdy ball head I stuck with it even for the pinhole photography. Maybe at some point I will scour the Internet for something more aesthetically pleasing.

In the end, I was really happy with how the black and white film rendered the lava rock filled Hawaiian coastline as well as with the look of the wild surf captured by the medium length exposures between 1 and 6 seconds. And yes, I was also happy with the dreamy look of the unsharp images, so different from today's standard of super sharp digital imagery. With a pinhole camera, there is no lens and no focusing and given the tiny aperture the depth of field is practically unlimited. As a result, foreground to background, everything is in focus, equally blurry.

Shipwreck Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, Zero Image 35mm Pinhole Camera, Ilford PANF Plus 50 Black & White FilmShipwreck BeachZero Image 35mm Pinhole Camera

Shipwreck Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, Zero Image 35mm Pinhole Camera, Ilford PANF Plus 50 Black & White Film

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

References: The Geometry and Math behind Optimum Pinhole Camera Design

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