Bishop Museum Through a Yashica-mat by Jana Uyeda

Big news! I finally purchased a replacement Epson V700!

So why am I not anxiously scanning the rolls upon rolls of unscanned film that have been collecting on my shelf? Well, my weekend project connecting the scanner has grown into a month-long project to re-arrange my office space and living room. I've been buying small bookcases and storage units in every kind of color over the past few years so my home looks a bit mismatched. The Salvation Army will be here in a few weeks to pickup the large desk and other pieces of furniture and I look forward to cleaning out the cobwebs. I am also spending too much time considering new shelving units to properly display my camera collection. 

While this project continues I wanted to share this image of Polynesian clothing taken at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii with my Yashica-mat. Visitors can take down the various outfits, try them on and take pictures of themselves. It's located in Pacific Hall, a newly renovated gallery space dedicated to ancient forms of navigation and the culture of Oceania. Great place and glad to see Bishop Museum get a much-deserved facelift.

New life with Impossible by Jana Uyeda

I got an Impossible Instant Lab. 

I wasn't quite sure what I'd do with it and after the first few printed frames I felt a bit like it was cheating. The prints came out perfectly and I was able to make some edits to the digital image before printing it out in the lab which felt even more like cheating. Then my friend Shelly told me about her thoughts on the Impossible Lab and I started thinking about it differently which lead me to some new considerations.

Instead of just printing out images I decided to try making multiple frame print outs of panoramic shots. Specifically, I wanted to print my anamorphic pinhole work in 2-3 frames with the hopes that the added frames would add a new dynamic to the final image. After a few trial and error attempts I arrived at the following two printed images. What do you think?

Quick post: James Guerin's 4x5 pinhole by Jana Uyeda

I took James Guerin's new 4x5 pinhole for a spin this weekend and wanted to share some images. The camera has 3 pinholes, one centered and two rising from landscape and portrait orientation. Below are two images from the same tripod position, the first was taken with the centered pinhole and the second was taken with the rising pinhole. Full review and more images to come:

Anamorphic UW by Jana Uyeda

I took a morning stroll through the University of Washington with my anamorphic pinhole camera and a few rolls of Kodak Ektar. After some serious light leaks and issues from my Hawaii rolls I wrapped the top of the pinhole with gaffers tape and took extra care to make sure no light got into the box.

The light leaks have disappeared but color, whether C-41 or E6, seems to be an issue with this camera. It may be that the light drops too dramatically and causes the color shifts seen in the first few frames below. The next few were converted to b&w in Photoshop. Black and white film may be my best option in this camera.

The ONDU 35mm Pinhole Arrives At Last! by Jana Uyeda

ONDU 35mm Pinhole Camera
ONDU 35mm Pinhole Camera

If you've been paying attention to film photographers in the Twitterverse you've probably heard some discussions (okay, more like gleeful freak outs) about the ONDU Pinhole cameras on Kickstarter. Haven't heard of them yet? Here's some links to introduce you:

ONDU website

ONDU  Pinhole Kickstarter site

Pdexposures: Q&A With ONDU Founder Elvis Halilović

Colossal: Put Down the iPhone and Pickup an ONDU Wooden Pinhole Camera

All caught up? Good! After much, much, much anticipation, ONDU sent an update saying early bird backers' cameras were in the mail and the very next day I received a small box at my doorstep. I exposed an entire roll an hour later and developed it immediately. In this first roll I wanted to get a sense of how the camera operates, setup Pinhole Assist to calculate exposure and bracket my shots because pinhole + film + reciprocity failure is a real thing. Once the film was developed and scanned I also looked at field of view, overall image resolution and considered how I could more effectively setup the camera for the next few rolls. Since pinholes don't have a viewfinder I need to learn how each camera "sees."

Here is some basic information, provided by Elvis in the Pdexposures Flickr discussion:

135Pocket and 135 panorama and 6x6 Pocket Focal length: 25mm F stop equivalent: f/125

According to Mr. Pinhole this should give an angle of view of 70 degrees.

ONDU provides an illustrated instruction manual with exposure charts which fits neatly into the 35mm body. It's much smaller than my Zero Image and may possibly be the loveliest piece of craftmanship on my shelf. Magnets are used to secure the back which are much sturdier than I'd anticipated. I have no worries about the back suddenly popping off, this camera is small but solidly built. Loading the film is quick and easy, especially if you've had experience with bulk film. You just tape the film lead to the takeup spool in the empty canister (provided!) then snap on the back and advance the film with a few turns of the dial before exposing your first shot. The magnet in the shutter makes it easy to slide open and snap closed. Advancing to the second frame just takes a bit of DIY. Since there isn't a film counter I put some tape on the dial and added a + with a sharpie to help me measure 1.5 turns between exposures. It's also helpful to add an arrow to indicate which direction to turn the dial so you don't wind the film in the wrong direction.

A few things I'm considering after this first roll:

  • Advance roll 1 1/4 turn to the next frame, 1 1/2 turn seemed to waste too much film.
  • The camera exposes the film over the sprocket holes. Not a big issue, but something to play with.
  • Gaffers tape where the film slides over the wood. I seeing some scratches, look at the Canonet shown below.
  • Closing the shutter can cause some shake, just be careful snapping it shut.
  • After exposing the roll, rewind the film back into the original canister.

Here are the first few images from my ONDU 35mm. I couldn't be happier! The tones are lovely and the resolution is better than I anticipated. I'll spend the weekend playing with this camera and with it's smaller size, I'm sure this will be a great travel camera as well.

Did you get an ONDU camera? What are your first thoughts? Don't forget to share in the ONDU Flickr pool as well. See you online!

ondu pinhole canonet
ondu pinhole canonet
ondu pinhole firepit
ondu pinhole firepit