f256 and be there

For the past six years I've been immersing myself in the world of pinhole photography. I like the "old school" technique, the fact that it really makes you think about what you are doing. And then there’s the simplicity of it.

It's all about composition and exposure time. Not much else. No focusing, no aperture selection. It's analog at its best.

I've made a few cameras and converted a few others - with mixed success. But I have rarely seen a pinhole photo made with a digital camera that's worth its silver, or pixel, I should say. Usually they’re taken with some sort of body cap converted to a pinhole. I tried my hand at making one myself the other day, thinking that the ones commercially available had too large an aperture. So I made a cap with approximately an f256 opening. And guess what? Things still look lousy.

The nature of pinhole photography, some say the beauty, is in the dream-like, fuzzy images. I don't buy that personally. I at least want to know what I'm looking at.

And so the journey continues. In fact, it continues next week. This Sunday, also known as Easter, is the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. This is the 10th anniversary of the event, always held the last Sunday in April. Due to it also being Easter, the organizers have extended the event from April 23 to May 1.

In a nutshell, you make some pinhole photos and select one, just one, and upload it to their site so it can be posted in a gallery. That's it, no prizes, no commendations, just pure photography. Last year, 3,449 images were presented, from all over the world.

So if you're a photographer, and even if you're not, just do it. Get out and make some pictures. Go Old School with me.

I've been participating since 2007. Here was my submission for that year.

2007 - Burgers On The Grill