Going large!

by Helen Hooker April. 12, 2021 513 views

One of my birthday presents finally arrived in the post from Slovenia on Saturday – an Ondu large format pinhole camera. Rather than the roll film I’m used to, it takes 4x5 sheet film, so over recent days I’ve practised loading a sheet into the film holder by touch, inside a light-tight changing bag – a skill I knew I’d need when the camera arrived.

The weather and work commitments over the weekend left me with little free time, but I stole a few minutes around our village church to shoot a couple of sheets of film to give the camera a quick test drive. When I chose to get a large format camera I knew I’d need to develop my own film because of the high costs of getting it done commercially. I’ve gradually gathered together all the things I needed to do this, and this plucked up the courage to develop Saturday’s photos.

After a nail biting hour in the kitchen, working through the various processes I nervously pulled my developed negatives from the tank and was thrilled to see some photos on them! The photos are nothing extraordinary, but they prove the process works and I can see I’m going to have fun. Even better, I won’t have the week long wait for negatives to come back from the lab in future!

12 April 2021

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Thomas Thompson 2 months, 1 week ago

Thats cool it takes good shots,  I used to develop back in the 70s, it was a learning curve but had fun,  Enjoy Helen

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Craig Casterline 2 months, 1 week ago

That sounds like a lot of fun. I remember back in junior high making a pinhole camera from an oatmeal box (cylinder). Did much of what you described above. Wish I had really taken advantage of those opportunities.

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Sabine Phb 2 months, 1 week ago

Oh this is an adventure I want to follow. Last week I’ve seen a lot of instructions on pinhole camera’s. I love that you develope yourself because that would be something I’d want to do too. I hope you’ll post results of your work here so I can watch your pinhole pictures. I like the one from the graveyard already.

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