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Pinhole in the Woods

August 08, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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Let's attempt a timely blog post today, only going back to this past Saturday. I really got the itch to take my large format pinhole camera out. For a while I was sitting on the couch desperately trying to come up with a location to take it to. All places I could think of I've shot previously and I really wanted something new. In the end, I just grabbed the camera and headed for the car making sure I at least headed somewhere.

I headed for the village of Orchard Park with no clear target in mind. I parked on the street, pulled the camera and the tripod out, got everything ready, threw it over my shoulder and walked. Couple locations that caught my eye were in too much of a shadow. Then, the bright white police station door jumped out! Add the stairs, railings, and a pinhole photo was taking shape in my mind.

Police Station, Lensless 4x5" Pinhole, Orchard Park, NYPolice StationLensless 4x5" Pinhole

Police Station, Lensless 4x5" Pinhole, Orchard Park, NY

I know, I know, the headline promised woods and not police stations. After this photograph nothing else caught my eye and I figured a change of scenery was necessary. I turned the car around and headed for the Chestnut Ridge park. While living so close I do not really have too many photographs from there. This was the time for at least a partial correction.

I had a location in mind but needed to scout for a new access path. And as soon as I started heading down a narrow path I've never been down before I ran into a beautiful chaotic scene of fallen trees. I metered the light and was discouraged at first. The photo paper I had in the camera had very low sensitivity to light, and the tiny pinhole makes for an f/154. Bottom line? A 45-minute exposure needed. In the end, I could not resist though, set the camera at an angle I liked, opened the shutter, tripped the stop watch, and hoped crowds would not be passing through.

While the pinhole camera was doing its thing I wandered about a bit looking for other woodsy subjects. I actually found one very near and it was in beautiful light at the moment - too bad the pinhole was busy at the moment, about half way through its exposure. There was no way I'd abort that mission. So I grabbed a cell phone snapshot as a possible future reminder, searched some more, and went back to attend to the busy camera. Light changed a bit with the sun coming out and back behind clouds, changing the required exposure time to almost half. Knowing the direct positive paper tends to render dark scenes with high contrast I only adjusted down to 40 minutes though. To stop boring you with a narrative, here is the outcome.

Crossed Logs, Lensless 4x5" Pinhole, Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park, NYCrossed LogsLensless 4x5" Pinhole

Crossed Logs, Lensless 4x5" Pinhole, Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park, NY

And luck did not run out on me completely, the other location I had picked in the meantime still had decent light. The camera went to work again, this time on a brisk exposure of 8 minutes.

Stump, Lensless 4x5" Pinhole, Chestnut Ridge, Orchard Park, NYStumpLensless 4x5" Pinhole

Stump, Lensless 4x5" Pinhole, Chestnut Ridge, Orchard Park, NY

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