New work for the new year by Jana Uyeda

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!


white walls

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The Vermeer anamorphic pinhole camera by Jana Uyeda


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!

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

Shooting the FPP Debonair in Fremont by Jana Uyeda

Every weekend the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle hosts the Sunday Street Fair, a gathering of local artisans and crafters selling unique finds, curious antiques and handmade goods. What makes this street fair unique is the antiques market in the underground parking lots. They display the oddest collection of vintage margarine yellow suitcases and pocket watches and other things from Grandma's curio cabinet. I hadn't been back in years until some friends decided to organize a medium format stroll. I dusted off my Film Photography Podcast Debonair and grabbed my Holga close-up filters and joined in the fun. The Debonair is a lovely $20 plastic camera (my review here) and the Holga filters fit onto the lens perfectly.

For these images I used both the 120mm and the 60mm close up filter and carried a retractable measuring tape with the distances marked off. I was shooting Kodak Ektar 100 on a sunny day but kept my meter handy to make sure I wouldn't under-expose the film. Since the Debonair doesn't have a bulb mode I needed to be extra cautious. Developed by the wonderful Citizen's Photo in Portland, Oregon. Trying to keep it local and they are fantastic!

Here are some of my favorites from that roll. Enjoy and have a great Labor Day Weekend!