Sunday, June 30, 2019

from f295: Close up.

f295 was an international discussion forum begun and administered by Tom Persinger. Originally just about pinhole photography, it expanded into all kinds of alternative methods. It was active from 2004 until 2015 but it remains on-line. Recently it disappeared from the web for a few days, and that prompted me to decide to reprise some of my favorites here at Pinholica, for backup if no other reason. 

On reddit in response to the Manic Expression Cubed post aperfectdevil commented: "That's a fantastic close up for pinhole work!!!"  It reminded me of this post in reply to a query about this topic. Getting close is easy with pinhole. You just get closer. However motion is exaggerated because it occupies a greater angle of your picture so you have to be careful to find motionless objects, work inside, or have an extremely still atmosphere.  Titled "Close up", it was posted almost an even decade ago on July 13, 2009.

Scott Speck started a thread in the Camera Making section a while back "Can one build a powerful macro pinhole camera?" 1:1 magnification was mentioned, and really crisp details. Thought I'd see if the Populist was such a powerful device. I didn't measure whether all of these were 24mm from the subject, as usual, I just eyeballed it.

First up was Spenser who must have been particularly exhausted from his daily comprehensive survey of all moving biota in the back yard since he held stlll through most of the exposure. Usually sitting a camera this close to his nose results in a more active inspection.

As usual, I had to cook. Here's the pepper grinder.

Garlic goes into almost everything I cook.

I was cooking pasta with shrimp and green beans. These were 31-40 per pound shrimp, so fit the 24x36mm frame of the Populist quite well.

And close ups of flowers always have dramatic impact. The peonies on the dinner table.

And one last, a little softer than the rest because the Clematis was still on the plant and I had to put up with a little wind.

The Populist has .15mm pinhole 24mm from a 24x36mm frame


  1. Thank you for keeping alive the memory of F295. I'm looking forward to more posts like this.