Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pinhole workshop at the C4FAP in Fort Collins

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado had it's 10 year anniversary celebration last weekend and I went up to do a caffenol demo as part of the festivities.

I also attended a very cool and awesomely fun pinhole workshop as part of the good times had by all goings on!

It was hosted by Mike Butts and Kimberly Chiaris.  You won't meet any finer people than Mike and Kim!   (They fed us pizza too, so you gotta love that!)

We made pinhole cameras out of quart sized paint cans in the workshop and then loaded and developed, loaded and developed, loaded and developed, etc. etc. etc. and then showed off our photos for the better part of 3 hours.  It was great being around such a fine group of creative minds and seeing the results of our endeavors with our pinhole paint cans.

The first pinhole I made was of an old Hudson Hornet I found parked behind the POP-up studio we were using.

I love old cars and when I found this cool old Hudson, well, that was icing on the cake!!!

The photo turned out pretty well and the exposure in bright sun was a breeze!   

Some wheat pasting can be seen on the back wall of the studio we were using behind the Hudson. This happened earlier in the day as part of the ongoing festivities for the C4FAP.

The pinhole shot above is of a puddle of leaves I found in the street near the studio.  I like ground level shots like's the view of bugs!

Fort Collins has some really interesting artwork painted on the control boxes around town.  This one had some wide eyed lambs.  Perfect for pinhole, I just kind of wish this one was in color because it was full of it!

We all had a great time!
Thanks to everyone at the Center for Fine Art Photography for making everything go so smoothly and presenting a fine alternative processes show!

Thanks to Judy Sherrod of shootapalooza for her time and friendship.

P.S., I've built and made a LOT of pinhole cameras, but this little paint can pinhole I made during the workshop is a sweetie and my current favorite for shooting.


  1. These look great. It sounds like a great time you had. I haven't made a paint can camera, but they sound easy to make and, with a curved film plane, probably enable good exposures.

  2. Great perspective! Loving the car;)