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instax mini – a party in a camera!

so today is halloween and a thursday. this means some folks are partying tonight, but most folks either partied this past weekend or will be partying this weekend. as photographer’s we almost always are the ones with cameras in tow. for a break from the big camera i often like to take something fun, like a fuji instax mini. the model i use is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S, but there are a variety of others.

some of the cool things about it:
it captures images and gives you a print, instantly.
it’s a great conversation starter
it’s compact
it creates credit card sized prints
it’s only about $1 per photo (for the film)

some of the drawbacks:
it creates credit card sized prints
it’s bigger than something like an iPhone or a small point and shoot

did i mention it’s a great conversation starter? many, many people don’t know that you can still shoot instant film, heck, i believe the world of instant film is on the rise. with things like the Impossible Project being a prime example of growth in a small marketplace.

where can you get these little cameras? amazon, B&H, adorama, or even your local camera store like Glazer’s Camera.

i thought i’d share some snaps from today, of some fun folks who were dressed for the occasion:

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it’s fab and fun, great to use at parties and other kinds of occasions! i also used some of these at a Help-Portrait events, it intrigues the kids, who are sometimes shy. just another tip!

thanks and happy halloween!

~ kate

cannon beach through a pinhole camera lens

a few weeks ago i visited the cannon beach, along the oreogon coast. i’d done a post of lovely images captured with the fuji 100s, but while i was there i also shot a couple of rolls of film.

using a zero image 2000 with two kinds of film, fuji acros neopan 100 black and white and fuji velvia 100 slide film. remember those? i was both scared and intrigued at what the velvia film would return as the colours are highly saturated and slide film isn’t very forgiving. when working with a pinhole camera, you have to be accurate with your exposures, especially with slide film. black and white film is much more forgiving, so you can flub it a bit and still manage a usable image…

below is a sampling of my fave images from both rolls, i’m really pleased with the results.

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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