Back at Suzzallo with the Zero Image 25B by Jana Uyeda

Zero Image 25B / Ilford HP5+ / Developed by Panda Labs Zero Image 25B / Ilford HP5+ / Developed by Panda Labs

One of my favorite pinhole images so far has been my Suzzallo Library image, so when I borrowed my friend's Zero Image 25B I headed back over to those stairs.

The first shot is from the railings above the stairs and is my favorite because it has the least distortion. Maybe I just wasn't ready for this kind of altered reality, but I wrote more on that on my previous 4x5 pinhole post.

The second is from the top of the handrail, the same location as my previous pinholes of the Suzzallo Library stairs. The shadowy figure on the left is a gentleman who walked over to ask me about the camera.

This week I also wrote a post on pinhole photography for the amazing #BelieveInFilm community. Be sure to check them out and promote film photography! Have a great weekend and happy shooting.


Walking through the Hoh Rainforest by Jana Uyeda

I have several images from the Hoh Rainforest roadtrip which I took a few weeks ago with my friends Yani and Jeff. It was an all day trip and required more than 8 hours of driving and ferry riding, but the experience of walking through the rainforest was worth it. The Hoh Rainforest was a magical place with all of its low hanging moss, deep fog cover and bright highlights of orange and yellow. Here is my first image from the trip and I promise to update with a few more. Enjoy and mahalo!

Costco pinholes, take two by Jana Uyeda

Well I have to admit my second attempt at photographing Costco with my pinhole camera did not come out as I had hoped. It took several attempts when I first began this experiment before I finally achieved a black and white pinhole of a shopping cart that I could be proud of. I wanted to create more. I shot a color roll this time and was in a different area of Costco so the overhead lights didn't feature as strongly in the final image. The camera was also in the child seat and not angled up from the bottom of the shopping cart. I was probably, ironically, feeling rushed. I didn't think and just velcro-ed the camera onboard. What's frustrating is that when I saw these rolls, I knew what I had done wrong. I can even say I felt that it wasn't a successful roll when I delivered it to Panda Labs.

Absolutely my fault. When I have too many distractions, I forget the small details and that's where I goof up. It's also how I learn and find new ways to see with my pinhole. In this case, however, I was too quick and didn't really consider my shot. Another lesson learned and another opportunity to grow.

The second shot was taken on the same day when I thought I'd experiment by placing my camera on the pile of raw meat. After all, this was Costco! Enjoy and mahalo!

More autumn colors on expired film by Jana Uyeda

Just a quick post today as it's been a busy start to the week. I had these scanned in and just couldn't wait to share the following images. These are also from the roll of expired Fuji Sensia 100 that started with the shattered filter which I posted about yesterday. Most of these were shot after I removed the broken filter, but the expired film combined with the amazing colors of fall created something really special. Enjoy!

Fall colors through a shattered lens filter by Jana Uyeda

The colors in Seattle this fall have been unusually vibrant and I've gone out on a few excursions to attempt to capture the season on film. Although I have a lot of fresh film on hand, I wanted to shoot through a drawer full of expired film that I'd bought from a guy up in Bellingham. He didn't know how old most of the film was and couldn't tell me whether it was held in cold storage or not. I love playing with expired film so I feel fortunate to have a drawer of this stuff. A few weekends ago, I packed up a roll of expired Fuji Sensia 100 from my refrigerator drawer, loaded it into my Nikon F3HP, and set it to underexpose by 1/3 stop. Before meeting with Espresso Buzz in the Volunteer Park Conservatory which I mentioned earlier, I met with JSod at the Japanese Gardens and exposed a few frames.

When I first pulled the F3HP from my bag I took off the lens cap and started shooting away with it. After a few frames I pulled it up to inspect the lens and realized that the skylight filter had shattered. There were a few frantic moments as I shook the glass off the lens to inspect the 85mm for damage. Everything was fine. Thank goodness it was only the filter that shattered but it's too bad because I love the images the broken glass created. Check out this japanese maple tree shot:

I went back to this japanese maple tree after removing the shattered filter from my lens and took another shot:

There are a lot more images and some additional frames which I exposed at the Volunteer Park Conservatory but I'll save those for later.

Have you played with expired film? I'm considering cross processing some of these shots, though the extreme colors it produces can sometimes be too much for my taste. Stay warm, stay safe and thanks for your time today.