When I brought my anamorphic pinhole to Hawaii I had an idea of shooting the Pacific Ocean and creating small worlds. Since the anamorph bends horizontal lines, I thought it would be a fun project. Unfortunately the camera has a faint light leak at the top and most of my rolls have a faint red tint which my meager Photoshop skills couldn't completely remove. Here are a few images from my now, imperfect, small worlds concept.
I'm starting to see scan lines once again so I'll need to clean then rescan my initial rolls which Citizen's Photo shipped back to me this week. Meanwhile here's one of the (few) successful anamorphic sunset shots taken at Kaka'ako Park.
A few new images with my Rolleiflex and Yashica-mat for my TLR selfies series. You can view the first few images here and here. I have several rolls in the mail to Citizen's Photo from my recent trip back home to Honolulu for the holidays. I hope you had an enjoyable season and look forward to seeing your work in 2014! Mahalo!
During the holiday season I like to I head out to Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to shoot the festive carousel. Cheers!
I put together my first thoughts on the Vermeer anamorphic pinhole for Pinholista.com so please be sure to head over and check it out. There are a number of pinhole photographer interviews (Pinholistas) and there's a Pinholista meetup being organized for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2014 in Amsterdam!
After shooting a few more rolls in the Vermeer anamorph today I have some additional tips for shooting with this very unusual camera.
- Be ready for questioning looks and the occasional person who asks about your camera.
- Tape sighting lines on the box, following the light from pinhole to film plane.
- Keep the take-up spool slack to prevent loose rolls.
- Advance the film slowly to prevent bending and tighten with both spools.
- Look for long, straight lines and clean geometry.
- A tripod and sandbag are mandatory, anamorphs sit at odd angles during exposure.
- Closer objects will have stronger distortions, even bending floors in half.
I'll be bringing the anamorph with me back home for the holidays and look forward to exploring with my new toy. Thanks for stopping by today and see you online!