Back in April I started shooting with my new Ondu pinhole camera – the ultimate in low tech photography. The camera itself is a work of art, beautifully sculpted from wood, but instead of a lens it has just a pinhole. I’ve never tried this type of photography before so it was a real leap into the unknown. I knew the resulting pictures would be unpredictable and were unlikely to be as sharp as anything I’d get with a lens but only time would tell.
Last week I finished off the roll of film and waited with bated breath for the negatives to come back from being developed. As I expected, I had a good number of failures, but I understand that’s common with pinhole photography, especially when you start off.
Fortunately I keep a notebook in with my camera and carefully note down my settings and shutter speed for each shot. This proved very handy when I couldn’t remember where I’d taken some of the photos!
I’ve already put another roll of film into my Ondu, this time black and white, and shot off a few frames. In general I found the longer exposures were more successful. The shutter mechanism is a small wooden lever which is lifted, and I suspect it’s hard to make that really shake-free when you have to do it quickly.
Compared to modern photography, these shots aren’t sophisticated or perfect in any way, but they have a certain quirky charm. I’ll keep you posted on how the next batch turn out!
21 January 2019