Pinhole Prep: My lo-fi is too hi-fi / by Jana Uyeda

I am constantly amazed at the resolution and clarity of my Zero Image 6x9. In this recent shot from the Triple X Diner in Issaquah, the camera captured the details of this intensely busy space and surpassed my expectations once again. XXX Root Beer

Right now I'd like to move towards less sharp, less clear images to experiment with abstract forms and light. I prefer odd distortions and suggestive imagery right now. Maybe winter is starting to affect me in strange ways, but if my Zero Image is considered lo-fi then I'd like something lo-lo-lo-fi. I've been thinking about making my own pinhole, so to achieve the lowest-fi camera of my dreams, I'm going to create my own weird little pinhole box. There's a wealth of resources online from people who have created some truly spectacular pinholes.

There are lots of guides for making pinhole cameras:

Kodak: How to Make and Use a Pinhole Camera Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day: Resources DIY Photography: 23 Pinhole Cameras That You Can Build At Home Justin Quinnell: How To Do Stuff David Balihar: PinholeDesigner 2.0 (software) and resources

I'm going to start quickly and easily by poking holes in beer cars and exposing a sheet of 4x5 film. My Mod54 is on its way so I can start developing my own sheet film at home. Thank goodness. My local lab turnaround time on sheet film can be as long as one week.

I also shot a roll of Efke IR820 35mm film in January and want to try infrared 4x5 pinholes for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. The Rollei 4x5 IR film is backordered at Freestyle Photographic but estimated delivery is slated for February 8. I'm not sure how long to expose the film and even less sure how to meter with the slow asa of infrared with the R72 filter so any insight you can provide would be much appreciated. I may even attempt an IR pinhole from a beer can.

One thing at a time! What are your plans for Pinhole Day?