Monday, December 3, 2012

an afternoon in Las Vegas, New Mexico

This was a late afternoon shot, obviously aimed toward the setting Sun.  I really don't like wagging a big tripod around with me when I'm wandering around taking pinholes, so I try to find on site places to steady the camera.
In this instance I set the camera on a newspaper stand and then stuck my cell phone under one end of the camera to level it a bit.  I like this shot.  It is a nice reminder of a chilly afternoon walking around the plaza.

Friday, October 5, 2012

the Palomino pinhole camera

Here's the Palomino pinhole camera I built a few weeks ago.
I made it with scraps from our wood shed and hand drilled the pinhole in some brass shim stock.
It works out to be F/214.  I named it the "Palomino" for its color.  You can't see it in the photo, but it has a little bit of sheen like a Palomino too.
 This is the front
and here's a back view....

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Hi everyone!

After a decade of making pinhole photos and building pinhole cameras, I'm going to be building a new camera  this weekend and then taking it along on a road trip to Oklahoma next week.

I'm making it out of plywood and it will have a 3 inch focal length.  I also hand drilled a .014 inch pinhole in some brass shimstock that was hanging around the house so it will be f/214.

That should ( I hope) give me about an 8 second exposure time with 100 speed film which is plenty fast since at first I will just be using a piece of black tape as the shutter.
If you've ever done pinhole and used black tape for a shutter, then you already know that it's a little tricky to do short exposures without shaking, yanking or moving the camera.

I can't wait to get it finished and make some photo with it.

I'm really excited about this adventure!  I haven't been to Oklahoma in over 10 years and having a new pinhole camera is always a thrill.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.