I guess this all started when James Guerin of RealitySoSubtle posted some photos taken with one of his 0.1mm pinholes, on a digital APSc camera. Until then, despite having tried and pretty much failed, I had no idea how good small format pinhole photography could look.
From that I decided I had to have a pocketable wide angle 35mm pinhole camera, but since I couldn’t find quite what I was after online, and having three Zorki’s and a FED mostly just gathering dust, I decided to sacrifice one to the cause.
Previous experiments with recessed pinhole body caps had taught me that the angle of view I wanted wasn’t possible with the lens mount in place. So after a couple of hours of careful dissembling, unscrewing, bending, snapping and sawing, followed by at least another hour of foamcore cutting, hot glue and duct tape, my ‘Zorki 4’ was reborn as ‘Zorkinstein’.
Then a few weeks ago, packing for a family holiday to Mallorca, trying to work out how many cameras I could get away with taking, and how I could shoot pinhole in very bright sunshine, it dawned on me! If I re-spooled some of the cheap rolls of fujicolor 200 I’d bought for the trip, I’d be able to rate it around ei25-50, which would give me the 2 or 3 second exposure I like for capturing people moving.
I finished just two rolls of the Redscale in Zorkinstein on holiday, and even though I’m very happy with how they turned out, next time I’ll overexpose the film a lot more to get past the deep reds and into the yellow tones beyond.