Ecclesiastical pinholes

by Helen Hooker June. 25, 2021 357 views

When I visited St. John’s Church, Duxford earlier this month I also took along my pinhole camera for some slower exposures. This time I went armed with some Kodak TMAX 400 film, so my exposure times were manageable – no more than a minute or two. On my previous visit the camera was loaded with Fomapan (which is famous for dreadful reciprocity failure) so I ended up keeping my shutter open for up to half an hour!

Using the 6x6 camera I had a really wide field of view to play with so I made use of this, capturing wide vistas or putting something close to the camera to create more sense of drama.

On my way home I stopped off at another church and took one solitary photo there. Unfortunately, I hadn’t wound on my film (although I didn’t realise this at the time) so my final shot is an inadvertent double exposure of the two churches together – one the right way up and one inverted. Although this was completely accidental, I rather like the result of this photographic accident!

25 June 2021

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