Success! IR Pinhole Improvement by Jana Uyeda

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Barn at Nisqually Wildlife RefugeIf 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.


IR Pinhole: Another Hot Mess by Jana Uyeda

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.


Quick post: Through the Hoh Rainforest with IR film by Jana Uyeda

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?

Hoh River

Hoh tree


Update: Some infrared 4x5 improvements by Jana Uyeda

After my first attempt at 4x5 infrared pinhole shots I made a few changes. I removed then re-glued the filter mount in the camera, making sure to keep the glue on the outside of the filter so it laid flat against the wood. The glue was causing some issues with light leaks and strange light reflections so I was hoping to eliminate these. When the camera was ready, I headed out to expose a few sheets of film. I looked for bright, sunny 16 conditions before setting up the tripod and taking the shot. Then I made sure to reverse my dark slides on the film holders after exposing a frame to prevent unintentional double exposures. When I came home to develop the sheets I made sure to stand develop only two sheets at a time. I saw some nice improvements.

Seattle IR cityscape

arboretum sakura

I was getting the white trees and dark skies that I wanted but there was some odd light flare on the bottom right of each frame and it was consistent across the four sheets I exposed. I used some black gaffer's tape and taped up the edge inside the filter mount where the metal and glass connected. The glue was also covered.

I went out on the last sunny afternoon we've had in the PNW and exposed another two sheets of IR. I think I may finally have the camera properly setup for infrared film. Now it's just a matter of sunshine, not an easy thing when I live in Seattle.

third attempt - IR trees

I'll be sure to update the blog once the sunny weather returns. How are your experiments coming along? Got any plans for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day?

One hot mess: first attemps at 4x5 IR film by Jana Uyeda

Wow, where do I even begin? I got up Sunday morning planning to visit the cherry blossom trees on the University of Washington campus and decided to shoot my Rollei IR 4x5 film. About a month ago the talented photographer and camera maker James Guerin kindly forwarded me some exposure tables, so I was armed with knowledge and waiting for a sunny day to experiment. James inspired me with his dramatic tree images so be sure to check out his work.

Without going into all the details, let me list all the new things I learned yesterday:

- Glue guns are not the best adhesive for securing a filter ring to a camera - The glue, however, comes off cleanly and in one piece. Usable. - Rollei IR film is incredibly thin, maybe paper thin. (Vine) - It's important to wait until full sunlight before exposing IR film. - Always remember your exposed/unexposed system to prevent double exposures. - Something is creating unwanted light paintings in the lower left corner. - 65mm on 4x5 is equivalent to 21mm on 35mm film. (lens2shutter) - The IR filter mounted on a filter ring will block some light, creating dark corners. - Loading the scarily thin film on the MOD54 is challenging. - Barely agitate the tank while developing because the sheets will move and overlap. Yikes! - Stand developing is A Very Good Thing.

I'll leave it at that. The following images are from my first round of IR sheet film and illustrate the points I made above. I stand developed the sheets per Martin's recipe: Rodinal 1:100 for 1 hour.

What were you up to this weekend? Mahalo for visiting and cheers to a productive March!

UW Quad - double

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