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Izumi's Diary Page 78      Saturday 18 May 2013  
         
         
The Joys of Pinholes
 
         
     
 

Hello!

As I have mentioned before, the last Sunday in April of every year is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, a day on which true seekers of light all over the world venture forth with apparatus ranging from biscuit tins and shoe boxes with a pinhole in one end and a piece of film sticky-taped to the other to beautifully-fashioned boxes made from exotic woods and exotic metals, with a laser-punched or chemically-etched precision pinhole at one end and a piece of film held securely in place at the other.

Then there are people like me who don’t seek to bend light rays to our will but enter more with a spirit of adventure and enquiry, not sure what will result but determined to make an enjoyable optical adventure of the day.

If you recall my previous entries in WPPD, as we veteran spiraculae* call it,  and my previous Diary pages concerning the pinhole practice, you will remember that it can lead to disappointment and a resolve to stay away from the format in the future. But, if there is a reason to give it another try, my inclination is to say ‘Why not?’ and give it another go. It must be the Australian air that I am now breathing.

If you would like to see them again, or for the first time, here are my 2011 and 2012 pinhole photographs.

 
     
 

 

 
         
 
 
 
Cherub Yellow Flower IX
 
 
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2011 Participant
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Praise the Rainbow
 
 
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2012 Participant
 
         
         
     
 

This year I went with my kind friend Isabelle to – where else but the ancestors’ resting place? I had a few ideas from having been there so many times before but having someone else with me whom I was going to photograph and could discuss possible locations with added another dimension to the day. And, as it turned out, a very happy dimension too.

I took with us PEN and the Holga pinhole lens which you may remember from previous pages is the pinhole lens that gives the most interesting results.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
Isabelle Pinhole Day  (005)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w Holga Pinhole Lens, 1/8 sec, f/265, 400 ISO, 35mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
Isabelle Pinhole Day  (005)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w Holga Pinhole Lens, 1/8 sec, f/265, 400 ISO, 35mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

I thought that in black and white it may somehow ignore the unsharpness but I don't think it does, do you? Again I go back to my theory that in the case of pinholes a bigger negative or sensor is definitely better.

And you can see why we went to the place of the ancestors again. My experiences and experiments show me that you need objects close up to the lens because they look sharper there but you also need objects at a distance to give depth. A resting place gives you both of these and also a quiet and uncrowded place to work so that your creative spirit can feel unfettered.

 
     
     
         
   
   
Isabelle Pinhole Day  (016)
   
Olympus E-PL1 w Holga Pinhole Lens, 1/15 sec, f/265, 400 ISO, 35mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

Knowing pretty well how pinhole photographs usually turn out, and being very happy with the images that Isabelle and I were creating, I wished that it wasn’t Pinhole Day and that PEN and I could do Isabelle justice with the results. But she agreed that we could go to the resting place again at a later time and that made me happy in myself and I think contributed to the happiness of the photographs that we did capture.

It is something that we can all look forward to.

I do have some ideas for that day which shall remain confined to my head for the moment. I want neither Decisive Moments nor the Goddess of Serendipity to get an inkling of what’s afoot before it's happening.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
 
Isabelle Pinhole Day  (009)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w Holga Pinhole Lens, 1/6 sec, f/265, 400 ISO, 35mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
 
Isabelle Pinhole Day  (692)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w Holga Pinhole Lens, 1/2 sec, f/265, 400 ISO, 35mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
 
Isabelle Pinhole Day  (980)
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w Holga Pinhole Lens, 1/2 sec, f/265, 400 ISO, 35mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

So, which one of the pinhole photographs above do you think I submitted to Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2013?

For the answer to that, I am going to have a little teasing with you. You can see the happy photograph by going with your mouse to the Gallery here.

And while you're there, please take a few minutes to look at some of the other entrants. I think you will agree that it confirms my contention that pinhole cameras can produce interesting photographs which have a certain 'look' that is not just blurry or unsharp, but you need large-format film to achieve that. I think 120 film is on the line of the border but 5x4 negatives (and larger) cross it to success.

One day in the future I shall perhaps travel that path again but for now, apart from WPPD, I will require my rays of light to travel through some glass before coming to rest on the film or the sensor.

And with that resolution sharply in mind, now I shall say goodbye from your friendly spiracula,

Izumi.

 
     
     
     
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In the famous Notebooks where he wrote about his thoughts and ideas, Leonardo da Vinci called a pinhole ‘spiraculo’, meaning ‘hole’ or ‘aperture'.  
 
 
 
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