Sixteen frames

by Helen Hooker January. 10, 2020 833 views
I make a note of the length of each exposure, so I can compare the settings with the developed negatives

I make a note of the length of each exposure, so I can compare the settings with the developed negatives

I visited Cambridge today, armed with both my pinhole camera and a digital camera, planning a mix of street photography and long exposures. However, I got so caught up with the leisurely process of pinhole photography that my total output for the day was sixteen frames on film and this one digital picture, taken on my iPhone!

I’ve always thought of photography as a solitary sport, and generally find I take better photos when I’m out on my own. Today though it almost felt like a team effort, as so many people stopped to talk to me about my camera. I encountered some fellow photographers who evidently realised it was a pinhole camera, while there were plenty of other people who just couldn’t figure out why on earth I’d got a wooden box mounted on a tripod!

There’s something very enjoyable about pinhole photography and it was a pleasure to spend an entire day pottering around Cambridge, shooting slowly. The lack of a viewfinder and the camera’s wide field of view means I have to really consider my compositions as anything distant looks tiny in the frame. My shortest exposure time was two seconds, while the longest was four minutes, during which I had a lovely chat with a passing photographer who was intrigued to find me lurking under an archway for so long. I was lucky with the weather today, with some glorious sunny spells – I even used it to take a shadowy pinhole selfie this afternoon! Of course, it’ll be a week or so before I find out whether the resulting photos will be any good, but I thoroughly enjoyed the process of taking them.

10 January 2020

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