Small worlds by Jana Uyeda

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.


Light leaks and learning curves by Jana Uyeda

As many of you know I've been shooting almost exclusively with my Vermeer anamorphic pinhole and enjoyed a productive two weeks in Hawaii for the holidays. I shot 21 rolls of Kodak Ektar and Portra 400 and 5 rolls in my ONDU 35mm pocket pinhole. I hadn't shot many C-41 rolls in the anamorph before my Hawaii trip and wasn't sure what to expect so I sent two rolls to Panda Labs in Seattle and the rest to Citizen's Photo. My first rolls were ready a few days ago and here is an image from that roll:

anamorphic_050-edit yuck

That red color shocked me so I sent an email to Cezary, the Vermeer camera maker, to ask his opinion. He believes there is a light leak at the top of the camera and recommended taping it up for my next roll of exposures. Cezary has been incredibly gracious and supportive, I highly recommend working with him if you're in the market for a pinhole camera.

I've been looking at these scans every day trying to love these light leaks and 'accidents' but I'm too disappointed. I have so many rolls from this trip and I expect they'll all have similar red casts which I'll have to convert to black and white for now:


I'm sure we've all experienced similar frustrations. What 'accidents' have you had and how did you resolve the issue?

Follow-up: The lab manager just called me to double check the mailing address and said they'll have it in the mail by tomorrow morning. When the film comes I'll start scanning the results in and hope for the best! Thanks for stopping by and happy shooting.

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

Last blues of summer by Jana Uyeda

I haven't had a chance to get out and shoot much these past few weeks and the weather has turned quickly. The fury of Fall season is upon us in Seattle, with booming thunderstorms and sheets of rain. Days are bit greyer out and colors pop a bit less. More noticeably, the blue skies of summer are seen less and less. Here's a shot from my Holga 120PAN at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.