Washington, D.C. with my ONDU pinhole camera / by Jana Uyeda

I'm not usually a fan of 35mm film. It's smaller and much grainier than my usual 120 or 4x5 sheet films. I prefer shooting 120 in my Zero Image 6x9 which gives me eight exposures, just enough to thoughtfully capture the scenes from my day. Shooting four sheets of 4x5 is a productive afternoon so 36 exposures on a roll of 35mm seemed overkill. Then I began packing and planning for a family trip to Washington, D.C. and started considering which cameras I'd want to take with me. I knew that I'd want to bring my trusty Nikon F3 for snapshots and portraits but wasn't as sure about which pinhole. The Zero Image is generally my go-to pinhole, but after putting a few rolls through my ONDU 35mm I decided to bring it along as a change of pace. It's small, capable of producing great pinhole images and I wanted the ability to shoot more than 8 frames per roll.

I had a great time shooting the ONDU while walking through Washington, D.C. and because it was so small, no one stopped to ask me questions. I've become used to curious onlookers walking up to inquire about my Zero Image, but either people were too busy or didn't notice when I setup the ONDU in the National Geographic Museum. Other visitors were asked to stow their cameras and smartphones in their bags during part of the exhibit but I could (cleverly?) disguise my pinhole camera by propping it up on a case in the dark.

Here are a few images from the ONDU 35mm, taken at various locations around Washington, D.C. Since our government was on shut down I wasn't able to pinhole the Jefferson or Vietnam or Korean Memorial as I'd wished, but I did get to see a lot.

World War II Memorial

The White House


National Geographic

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