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5 frames with a Zero 2000 Pinhole Camera

September 10, 2017

I’m going for a double post today – I have two reasons for this. The first is that the following pinhole photos and story lead on very nicely from Alex’s post from earlier this morning about shooting 35mm pinhole. The second is that this gave me a neat way to introduce a new series of posts I’m looking to publish here on 35mmc, and EM is looking to post on EMULSIVE.

These posts are going to be titled “5 frames with…” this post amounts to the first in the series with the camera in question being the Zero 2000. I’m going to contribute some of these post myself, but I’m also going to be looking to you lot out there in the community to contribute too.

The idea is 5 frames, loosely around a theme, all taken with one camera/lens combination – ideally 35mm (though I appreciate I am breaking that rule already). On EMULSIVE, EM is looking for 5 frames taken with one film.

We’d like those photos to be paired circa 250 words – here on 35mmc this might be about the choice of camera, or something about the lens, or even about the subject. Nothing too deep, just a few words off the top of your head. You can read more about EM’s desires in his first post here

Let my first post act as an example:

5 Frames with a Zero 2000 Pinhole Camera

The Zero 2000 is a pinhole camera I borrowed off Alex Yates (pinhole genius) just before I went on my recent holiday to Cornwall. Somewhat (read heavily) inspired by Alex’s beautiful shots of Japan (which can be seen here), I felt that I’d like to try and emulate some of that same sort of feel taking photos in one of my favourite places; Holywell bay.

After reading a draft version of Alex’s post about 35mm pinhole cameras – specifically taking note of his lesser interest in 35mm pinhole – I decided to get in touch with him to ask about a good choice of 120 square format camera to take with me for my little project. Not only did he make a recommendation, but he also chose to loan me a his camera, and in fact load it with Portra 400 for me.

Portra 400 turned out to be a great choice. When I got to where I wanted to shoot and metered with the pinhole assist app, it gave me readings around 1/2 a second. I’m not really sure how you are supposed to manually open a shutter on a pinhole for such a short amount of time, and nor was I happy that such a short amount of time would get the look I was after. So “bugger it”, I thought, and just exposed everything for 10 seconds hoping that a bit of Portra 400 latitude, and a touch of reciprocity failure would help me out.

In the end, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Thanks again for the loan, Alex!!

Holywell bay

Holywell bay

Holywell bay

Holywell bay

Holywell bay

If you fancy submitting a “#5frameswith…” post, let me know!

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    George Appletree
    September 10, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Pinhole photography requires improvisation. No way to exactly measure. That makes it more exciting

  • Reply
    Rob MacKillop
    September 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    “Couldn’t be happy”? Did you mean to say you couldn’t be happier?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Yes, thanks Rob (and the other 4-5 people who pointed it out)
      Damn my cake hamdedness!

  • Reply
    Mikael
    September 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Wow, amazingly beautiful results you got

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Aivaras
    September 11, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Really impressive!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 12, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Cheers Buddy!

  • Reply
    Nick
    September 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Fabulous images Hamish. Something very special about pinhole cameras.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 12, 2017 at 8:36 am

      thanks – agreed!

  • Reply
    Stig Starr
    September 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I think you put some of these up on twitter earlier, I thought they were great then, and still do !

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 12, 2017 at 8:36 am

      thanks very much πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Dexter
    September 12, 2017 at 8:01 am

    These are great man!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      September 12, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    lee
    November 15, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Bravo. Beautiful.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      November 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks very much! πŸ™‚

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