Friday, June 9, 2023

It is better to light some film rather than curse the sunbeam.

While I'm cooking, I usually sit and use my computer on the marble table by the west kitchen window. From May until September, if the sun is shining, it falls directly on the screen and I can't see anything. Trying to be positive about this, I decided to use the sunbeam to photograph anything I could find to place into it. I had been trying to decide if I wanted to commit to another "36" exposure roll with my 35mm film, square format Manic Expression Cube and this thought sealed the deal. There was a roll of Acros 100 in the freezer. Numerous white business reply envelopes, that I save to store negatives in, were handy to reflect some fill light. 

Immediately available was one of my favorite models, a Constoluto Genovese tomato.

There was a sale on various colors of bell peppers.

The first parsley harvested from volunteers in the garden.

A dried rose which has been sitting with the tomatoes for a couple weeks.

The sunbeam makes it all the way into the corner of the pantry.

Looks like these have been in there a while.

Another stalwart from the pantry.

Sarah asked me to get a small watermelon.

The checkered sugar bowl.

A few tools are kept in the basket by the window. It seems to me the screwdriver and the needlenose pliers are trying to calm the excited vice-grips

Mickey and Minnie visit from the dining room.

The little green mister that came with the micro-greens kit.

A spiky little succulent from the south kitchen window.

The sun shines on the table on the lanai as well so I can't use the computer out there either.

We interrupt our program for a special weather bulletin: Picturesque puffy clouds have been spotted growing over Lake Winnebago. I rode over there to use my one-frame 4x5 camera, but this tiny camera is pretty easy to take along. This is about the same scene as I did with the big camera, but only about two thirds as wide angle and a twentieth as much film.

A bit to the left to feature the largest cloud that led me down here in the first place.

Directly across Millers Bay looking at the Ames Point breakwater.

The view south with the clouds a little back lit. I'd forgotten to take a black card and was using my black phone case to uncover the pinhole for a shake-free exposure and simultaneously accomplished making a Facetime call to Sarah!

There were no heirloom tomatoes at the store, so I had to revert to the on-the-vine variety.

Mulitcolored cherry tomatoes on a bed of spring mix.

The new bouquet.

The glasses I got after my first cataract surgery in 2007, and my current prescription after the lens was replaced in the other eye ten years later. I can see about as well with both of them,

The remainders from an earlier floral arrangement.

The watermelon was for Summerween.

Batman maintains order in the kitchen.

Godzilla provides reinforcement. Although he lost his voice after hundreds of dives in dishwater and a foot during a ten year wrestling match with Lars Ulrich, he's still a fearsome presence.

And now a Public Service Announcement from the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market. 

Volunteer photographers are available to pose for your pinhole camera.

First market is always a little sparse with the choices of vegetables. The lady with the greenhouse tomatoes does great business this time of year.

A wad of bills left after the mostly cash-only market.

The top end of a bunch of asparagus.

I'd better use up this brocolli.

And make another loaf of bread.

Looking further afield in the living room for subjects.

The bunny atop the cocktail shaker looks very skeptical.

Finally a shady place to sit after the sun goes behind the garage.

I have to say I'm impressed by this little camera. Disparaging 35mm pinhole is a common theme on-line which I think is ignoring great potential. I'm not saying I don't see the difference between these and larger film formats but sometimes it's easy to forget. How far did you go before you forgot these were just 24x24mm negatives done with a hand-drilled pinhole? Would you have just assumed this was medium format if I hadn't fessed up right away?

Another surprise is how fine-grained these are. In my last try with Acros, it seemed pretty grainy. The processing was the same except that last roll I used slightly less dilute Rodinal. Don't see how that should make this much difference.

I probably shouldn't admit this, but doing all this close-up work, a lot of the time the composition was a little off and about a third of these are cropped to two-thirds of the tiny negative. Can you tell which ones?

There's another roll of the Acros, I just ordered a roll of Rollei RPX 25 because I was so impressed by the fine grain of the Agfa APX25 I just shot, and there's still 60 feet or so of the vintage Tri-X I found. It's looks like there's a lot of playing with this camera in my future.

1 comment:

  1. Nice shots and great idea with the caption/storytelling. (from Edward Levinson)