I finally got organized enough to send a box of Kodak Ektar 4x5 sheets to Citizen's Photo in Portland and was rewarded with a very quick turnaround and some lovely new images. Here is one of the first scans I made of the blue, blue skies at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge just south of Seattle. I timed my visit so I could experience the walkways during high tide and the trip did not disappoint. The entire area was covered in 12-13 inches of water, amazing. We're so lucky in the PNW to have both the mountains and the sea to provide us with these sights.
If you've been following my blog then you've probably wondered - where the heck did she go?
Apologies. I'm doing my best to get back on track. Here's an IR pinhole sheet from my trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge a few weeks ago. My first few sheets were awful and plagued with sun flares. This is much better.
It's been a tough month and a half for my photographic pursuits and I'll admit to feeling a bit lost these days. I haven't been focused on any projects and when I finally picked up a camera again I'd forgotten a few things like watching for horizon lines and tilting the camera up to play with dimensions. The resulting images were uninspiring which didn't compel me to keep shooting with either my Zero Image or the Bob Rigby. Weirdly I purchased a new lens for my Fuji Xpro1 this weekend as I'm conceptualizing a series of photos around my new pug. Yes, #puglife has overtaken my life and is even starting to influence my photography. Have you ever tried to pinhole a pet? It's impossible, no wonder I'm turning to digital.
This weekend I headed out to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, a Federal preserve popular with conservationists and bird photographers with giant camouflage-wrapped lenses. I shot 3 sheets of Ektar 4x5 and 5 sheets of IR with my Bob Rigby so it was a very productive afternoon. Here's one of the first sheets I exposed while walking out during high tide. The sun was on my left and you can see the dramatic results. I don't object to sun flares but right now I'm working on getting a nice, clean image so this was a bit frustrating to see. I have several other sheets to develop however, so I think my next few shots will be cleaner.
What have you been up to? I'm so sorry I haven't been keeping up on your blogs, I'm slowly returning to WordPress.
I just returned from a wonderful long weekend spent in Olympic National Park. Specifically, in the Hoh Rainforest, walking through the Hall of Mosses and following the Hoh River. I have several rolls for Panda Labs to develop and at least 15 sheets of 4x5 Ektar to be sent to Citizen's Photo in Portland. Here are the first few sheets which I developed tonight and a video I captured while walking through the forest. It was a very successful, productive and relaxing trip.
How was your Memorial Day weekend?
On April 28, 2013 some pinhole friends and I got together to celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, a global event that continues to grow year over year. I can personally attest to the surprising growth of pinhole photography in my corner of the world in Seattle. Last year for WPPD 2012 I met with the only two local pinhole photographers that I knew of and we took some pictures around the Ballard Locks. I didn't have a pinhole camera yet so I used my Diana F+ with that janky long exposure rig. It was an awful setup, but sufficient for the day. This year, there were six of us and most had at least 2 or more pinhole cameras. It's funny how each camera has it's unique quirks so that one pinhole camera is not enough. Great to see other photographers picking up the pinhole camera and embracing its aesthetics.
For WPPD 2013 we started at Olympic Sculpture Park, strolled around for a bit, found some beer then headed for Lake Union Park. At the Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center we climbed on board the Arthur Foss, a wooden-hulled tugboat famous for appearing in the 1933 MGM movie Tugboat Annie. What made the trip even more special was a guide on the vessel who was an avid pinhole photographer! I was greeted with, "Hello, I like your pinhole camera!" as I approached the tugboat.
The boat was still covered in white tarp but I was allowed to walk freely through the cabins, the sleeping quarters, the deck and the galley with my tripod and pinhole cameras. Here are some 4x5's from the trip. Enjoy!