I finally got organized enough to send a box of Kodak Ektar 4x5 sheets to Citizen's Photo in Portland and was rewarded with a very quick turnaround and some lovely new images. Here is one of the first scans I made of the blue, blue skies at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge just south of Seattle. I timed my visit so I could experience the walkways during high tide and the trip did not disappoint. The entire area was covered in 12-13 inches of water, amazing. We're so lucky in the PNW to have both the mountains and the sea to provide us with these sights.
If you've been following my blog then you've probably wondered - where the heck did she go?
Apologies. I'm doing my best to get back on track. Here's an IR pinhole sheet from my trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge a few weeks ago. My first few sheets were awful and plagued with sun flares. This is much better.
After my first attempt at 4x5 infrared pinhole shots I made a few changes. I removed then re-glued the filter mount in the camera, making sure to keep the glue on the outside of the filter so it laid flat against the wood. The glue was causing some issues with light leaks and strange light reflections so I was hoping to eliminate these. When the camera was ready, I headed out to expose a few sheets of film. I looked for bright, sunny 16 conditions before setting up the tripod and taking the shot. Then I made sure to reverse my dark slides on the film holders after exposing a frame to prevent unintentional double exposures. When I came home to develop the sheets I made sure to stand develop only two sheets at a time. I saw some nice improvements.
I was getting the white trees and dark skies that I wanted but there was some odd light flare on the bottom right of each frame and it was consistent across the four sheets I exposed. I used some black gaffer's tape and taped up the edge inside the filter mount where the metal and glass connected. The glue was also covered.
I went out on the last sunny afternoon we've had in the PNW and exposed another two sheets of IR. I think I may finally have the camera properly setup for infrared film. Now it's just a matter of sunshine, not an easy thing when I live in Seattle.
I'll be sure to update the blog once the sunny weather returns. How are your experiments coming along? Got any plans for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day?
My friend Jeff went to Portland for a week and dropped off my Ektar 4x5 at Citizens Photo. This was taken with my Bob Rigby 4x5 during my trip home to Honolulu during Christmas. Luckily we are having sunny weather in Seattle and based on this first box of Ektar 4x5 I'll be shooting more Kodak film soon.
I've been following a few Facebook groups focused on Pictoralism, the photographic movement from the 1880's until the 1930's and especially enjoy the early work of Imogen Cunningham. Imogen was born in 1883 in Portland, Oregon and grew up right here in Seattle, Washington. One of my favorite Imogen Cunningham images is Veiled Woman. I haven't done a lot of portrait work, but I find the Pictorialism style inspiring. My friend graciously agreed to pose for me so we went to Goodwill, picked up some material and headed out to Lincoln Park in West Seattle.
Here are a few images taken with my Bob Rigby 4x5 from this first attempt.