Sculpture of a Tree, looking up

adventures in pinhole photography

A few years ago I purchased a Holga Wide Angle Pinhole Camera. It was a part of my experimentation with Holga cameras, their simplicity and soft focus was a lot of fun. I used it for a bit, but moved on to other cameras and technology. About a year ago, a friend of mine, Jana, dove deep into the realm of pinhole photography. She’s actually gotten a few of us into it (or back into it in my case), resulting in the sales of a number of Zero Image Pinhole cameras… the amusing factoid here, is that I’d actually sold her my Holga WPC, and I understand it was one of her first cameras in the pinhole realm, along with the Diana (some of which have a pinhole option). She’s now exploring a Zero Image 6×9 and even a 4×5.

After seeing her work and experimentation, and discovering images from several others, I made the decision to give pinhole photography another go. This time around I invested a bit more cash and purchased my Zero Image 2000, it’s a medium format pinhole, creating 6×6 or Square images.

In April, Glazer’s Camera held a Pinhole Photography contest earlier this year, where the entrants were featured in a gallery showing in their store, along with a special reception to announce winners on Worldwide Pinhole Day. It was very interesting & inspiring to see everyone’s varied uses of their own pinhole cameras.

Along with that event, I led a photowalk on Worldwide Pinhole Day in April of this year. I suppose a photowalk with a bunch of pinhole cameras is really more of a “photo pause”… :)

I wanted to share my favourite images from that outing, on Worldwide Pinhole Day. The black and white images were captured on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and the colour images were capture on Fuji Pro 400H film. Both rolls were processed and scanned locally at Panda Photographic.

Sculpture of a Tree, looking up

Sculpture of a Tree, looking up

Tree Sculpture

Tree Sculpture

Sculpture of a Tree, looking up

Sculpture of a Tree, looking up

Museum of History and Industry

Museum of History and Industry

Bridge at South Lake Union Park

Bridge at South Lake Union Park

think TANK Photo City Walker 10

think TANK Photo City Walker 10 – a review

As photographers, we’re always on the look out for that next great camera bag. I have owned at least 10 camera bags over the past 15 years and many of them had their ups, but there has normally been something that wasn’t just right.

When planning a trip to Las Vegas for WPPI this year, I knew the bags I had wouldn’t really do the trick, as they’re heavy on their own. Then once you add gear, forget about it… especially with all the walking you do at a big conference like WPPI.

So my hunt began again. I wanted something lighweight, a shoulder bag for easy access and that would hold: a Fuji X-Pro1 w/ 2 lenses, a 13″ MacBook Air, cables, a wallet and of course, a little make up bag. For all intents and purposes this was going to replace my “purse” for the trip.

I ventured to my local camera store, Glazer’s Camera, three or so times. Checking out the variety of bags from Lowepro, Crumpler, Domke and think TANK Photo.

The best advice I can give when you’re seeking a new camera bag is the following:
Take the gear you want to carry in the bag to the camera store when you go shopping, this will ensure that what you want to carry, you can carry in the bag.

This might be more challenging if you have a larger kit, but this is where the geniuses at think TANK Photo help guide you… In their roller bags they have these photographic layouts of what gear will fit into a bag. Granted these picture either a solid Canon or Nikon kit, so that doesn’t cover everyone, but it covers most of us. And the setups include lenses, bodies, flashes cables and more…

I’d read some reviews and seen posts about the new Think Tank CityWalker 10 Messenger Bag bag and once I saw it, thought it could be the right bag for me. Especially when I picked it up, with no gear in it and realised it weighed almost nothing. The City Walker 10 specs do not indicate it will hold a laptop, but if you pry the insert away from the back of the bag, the velcro comes apart and you can put a small laptop in there, no larger than a Macbook Air 13″.

This little beauty, held everything I needed it to, including an iPad mini, cables and more. The bag ended up being a great solution for my trip to Las Vegas. And it continues to work for my day to day usage. For work my kit includes a Nikon D700 + a few prime lenses and for fun I’m now carrying an Fuji X100s + a Zero Image Pinhole. This bag works for either setup. Since the strap is adjustable you can carry it as a cross body or just on your shoulder.

think TANK Photo City Walker 10

think TANK Photo City Walker 10

think TANK Photo City Walker 10

think TANK Photo City Walker 10

While we’re here I’ll also mention I really dig the Pixel Pocket Rocket for memory card storage, it holds a lot of cards, so don’t lose it! And if you need some help with your Cable Management, these guys offer a variety of bags to help keep you organised! This Cable Management 20 has certainly come in handy for me too!

Cannon Beach Oregon

It’s 3:00 PM on a Friday afternoon and I’m heading south on the I-5. Leaving the city of Seattle in my rear view, with the wonders of the Oregon coast ahead.

Long overdue I planned a tiny getaway with a good friend, an opportunity to get out of dodge and explore the coast a bit. Since moving to Seattle, I’ve actually done a few trips along highway 101, which loops you along the coast, at least most of the time. It’s rocky, dramatic and simply stated: Beautiful.

Around 9pm, we were crossing the Astoria-Megler Bridge, which is 4.1 miles long, we saw a beautiful sunset unfold. So we paused, at a marina there, to enjoy the sites and of course take some pictures.

Astoria-Megler Bridge

Astoria-Megler Bridge

We continued on to Seaside, a town about 7 miles from Cannon Beach, to stay the night. Saturday morning came pretty quickly, as I set my alarm for 4 am, with a goal to capture sunrise on the beach. We set out to Cannon Beach by 4:45 am and found the right spot to park and start exploring by 5:15. Surprisingly we were not along. There were several people there, enjoying the sunrise and even digging for clams.

These are a few of my favourite images, these were all taken with a Fuji X100s. I have some iPhone photos as well I shot about 2 rolls of film through my Zero Image Pinhole Camera. Those still need to go to the lab, so look for a follow up post with those soon (if they turn out!). These images were all edited with either Lightroom4 or Lightroom4 + Nik Silver Efex 2.0.

Sea Stacks at Low Tide

Sea Stacks at Low Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Sea Stacks at Dawn

Sea Stacks at Dawn

Sea Stack in the Distance

Sea Stack in the Distance

Stacks in the distance.

Stacks in the distance.

Sun peaks + Clam Digger

Sun peaks + Clam Digger