How to get pinhole photos from your digital camera


We’ve talked about pinhole cameras before here….if you recall, I showed you my way of making one with an empty 35mm film cartridge?

Well, as we’re being bombarded with so many digicams all around us, here’s a nice idea to temporarily convert your digicam into one which will take beautifully authentic pinhole shots.

All you need is a digicam of the SLR type, which had interchangeable lenses, much like the classic film cameras we use. Then you will need black card, a sharp pin, black tape and scissors.

Of course, the biggest bugbear of cameras, whether they be film or digital, is dust ingress. And dust in a digicam can reek absolute havoc if it is in or around the vicinity of the film sensor….with a film camera, you can get away with quite dusty cameras, as they don’t have super-sensitive digital sensor, but with a digicam, you’re toast!

Anyways, so in order to prevent this dust enigma, the way I did it was to leave the lens in place on my camera, but instead drilled a 0.5cm hole in the plastic lens cap, then taped the black card with the pinhole over this hole.

This way, you are using the camera without any modification whatsoever, except for fitting the card to the lens cap!

And the results are very good too. Here are some from the web for you…

PS…..I found that the results with a hole made in black card come out with a fuzzy edge, which is caused by the roughness of the hole in the card….that’s shown as in this photo below:

Many people prefer this rough finish at the edges for their shots, as it adds an extra dimension to the result, but if you feel you want a cleaner edge to your photos, instead of taping the black card with hole on it to your camera, use aluminum cooking foil, with a nice clean hole in it instead.

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See? B&W photos still catch the eye!


Recently, I was in a coffee shop in downtown VanCity….nothing unusual there…I’m always to be found all over the city in coffee shops most of the time…I use them as my mobile office!

So anyways, I ordered a latte, and went over to sit down by my favourite seat by the window, and wait for the drink to arrive.

Immediatley the barista brought down my coffee, my eye caught the cup.

It had the most exquisite monochrome photos on it, so after I’d spent my manadatory few hours drinking cup after cup of their excellent coffee, I asked the friedly and very beautiful barista if she could let me have an empty cup.

I brought it home, carefully opened it up, and took these shot straight off it…hope you like them!

 

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A reminder about replacement camera coverings


If you’ve ever purchased a classic or vintage camera, you will no doubt know by now that invariably, the light seals and outside coverings, sometimes called leatherette, will need to be replaced for the camera to look really as it should…

I get a lot of emails every week from readers asking about replacement coverings and light seals, so I’m posting tis reminder again to give you an idea of what the products look like physically and what I have in stock.

I’ve always been a lover of the Olympus Trip 35 camera, and most of my stock is weighted heavily in that direction! Well, it is very definitely THE best point and shoot film camera produced..EVER.

So, here is a selection of the best colors of coverings I like and prices etc.

Other colors and finishes are available, but the ones that look more professional are shown here…by professional I mean that some coverings, in my honest opinion, do tend to make a classic camera look like a cheap toy….something you really do not want.

Coverings and light seals are self adhesive, so no messing around with fiddly glues etc.

Here are my favorites anyway:

a

RED Lizard effect camera skin

 

 

b

BLUE lizard camera skin

 

c

LIGHT GREEN lizard camera skin

 

d

Replacement Olympus Trip 35 camera light seal kit

 

e

Photo showing additional light seals not fitted on original Olympus Trip 35

 

Camera skin covering and light seal prices are $15 each plus $4.99 shipping….these prices are for the Olympus Trip 35 only…other camera prices range from $15 to $25…pls email me for info.

A quick word about light seal kits…one kit contains 3 sets of seals, so enough for 3 cameras…and this seal material is guaranteed to outlast the life of your camera!

Here is a list of other cameras I offer skins for:

Ricoh GR IV digital

Ricoh GR III digital

Leica III screw to M7

Polaroid SX 70

Olympus Pen (not Pen Ft) EE series cameras

Olympus Trip 35

Olympus OM1. OM2, OM4

Rollei 35

Pentax SP, S2, LX range

Contax II, III

Kiev 2, 3, 4

Zorki 1c, 1d, Zorki 4, 4K

FED 2, type c and d

Nikon S, S2, FM3A, F3, EL

Canon F1

Mamiya RB67

Rolleicord V, Va, Vb (front only)

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Let’s play about with some film, eh?


Sometimes when I get bored, which is very rare, I always try and experiment, and more than likely, most of my experiments turn out to be with film…(mind you, SOME experiments involve myself and my female friend…but…umm…let’s not digress!).

I’m sure you’ve all seen and tried those funky apps that you can download on your smartphone these days, yes? What? You don’t have a smartfone? Well, be banished to the innermost dungeons in my castle, from whence there is no escape….!

I’ve downloaded several of these apps onto my iPhone, and to tell you the truth, some are really quite nice, depending upon how you use them.

One of these apps allows you to give your photos taken with your cellphone, a special arty kinda look, by adding film sprocket holes around your photo. You know what sprocket holes are, right? Sprocket holes are the holes you see on 35mm film that allow the sprockets (!) in your camera to engage and move the film around when you wind or rewind it.

Originally, this arty look came from 16mm film that was used in movie making, and showed frames from famous Hollywood films, ut somebody had the idea of using the same look to give 35mm shots a unique appearance.

So how can we achieve this look with your standard 35mm film? Easy as pie! Despite what you read on the internet, NO..you dont need a Lomo camera, that much-hyped-for-nothing pice of plastic rubbish that has been cleverly evolved into a world-wide phenomenon by clever marketing!

No, you can use your 35mm in any medium format camera that takes 120 roll film, and that means for example, a Yashicamat, Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, Mamiyaflex, etc…all 120 film cameras.

However, to be successful in this experiment, we need to take a few simple precautions.

1 the 35mm film cartridge is obviously very much smaller in size than a 120 film roll, so we need to ensure that the 35mm film will not move up or down in the camera when it is in use. How we do this is shown below:

2 firstly, we need to make sure the 35mm film cartridge is held firmly in place whilst in the camera. For that, all I did was to use 2 smallish pieces of foam sponge, about 1″ by 1″, squeezed into either side of the film cartridge. You need to experiment with this to find the exact position in which the sponges and the cartridge will remain in place without moving around. Here is a photo of a similar arrangement done when using a Lomo camera:

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3 Next, we must make sure somehow that the 120 reel we use as a take-up spool will allow the 35mm film to wind on without causing it (the film) to move up or down on he empty take-up reel. This we do very simply by winding 2 rubber bands at each end of the take-up reel, with a gap in the middle corresponding to the size of the 35mm film which will sit there. Here is a photo od what I mean, again using a Lomo camera, but the same for any medium format camera:

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That’s all there is to it!

Aha, you say…how do you know how many turns of the film winder on your camera equate to one 35mm frame? The answer is ….trial and error! In my experience, I found that approx 2.5 turns of the film winder handle equates to one frame…that was on a Yashicamat twin lens camera by the way.

Once your film is fully exposed, wind it back into the cartridge in the normal way.

One final thing….if you’re going to process the film yourself, that’s no problem, but if you’re going to give it to your local processing lab etc, you need to tell them, and also give them a piece of paper with your film instructing them DO NOT CUT FILM NEGATIVES! Otherwise if they cut up your negatives like they do with normal films, all your hard work will be ruined!

To give you a taste of the results that cane achieved, here are some examples I obtained off the internet:

 

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Two fabulous blogs I recently dropped into…


Even though I class myself as an acerbic hater of technology, there is no denying that it has brought with it a plethora of advantages that would have been a tad more difficult to achieve in the good old days we all hanker for!

Not least of all is the ability fo every Tom, Dick and Harry to set up a blog and either bore or entrance everybody all around the world with their postings.

Just such a few blogs came to my notice just recently.

The first one I really like is this one….www.teeritz.blogspot.com  and one of the main reasons why I like it is because aside of a whole lotta very interesting vintage stuff, this guy has sourced a very rare and useful set of instructions on how to repair and/or setup that inimitable doyen of the film camera world, the Olympus Trip 35.

The second blog I took a liking to is www.xoverit.blogspot.com

This guy talks very comprehensively about his love of old manual typewriters, with plenty of stuff about repairing and generally looking after them. Interesting to note here that recently Russia announced that it would not be using computers for preparing and processing documents, especially confidential documents, as computer-generated documents are highly prone to hacking etc and could pose a serious danger to internal security.

So anyways, please do drop into those blogs if you can…I found them very interesting!

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Let’s get a room someplace…


Taken recently while out street walking in downtown eastside Vancouver….

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Through the window.


filmcamera999:

beautiful images here! isnt it amazing to see what wonders are passing before our very eyes, every single second of the day, and yet, we just normally dont see these moments!
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Originally posted on Images of the world around me.:

It has been a long time since my last post. A lot of work and a new camera to which I’m still getting used. So, I’m still fighting to find time for processing new images. In the solitude of Easter, I’ve had a lot of time to see through the window. Don’t expect people, but the lights of the night.

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Meet one of the last bohemians of Vancouver city!


Bohemian.

What is that? I mean, you hear that word so many times, maybe in a pub, club or just about anywhere when talking with friends and colleagues.

Well, strictly speaking, a bohemian, as quantified by a dictionary, is this:

“somebody who leads an alternative lifestyle, they are not hippies because they can have an extremely wide range of different tastes in music, fashion, art, literature etc they are usually very creative people. they are above all optimists, even if they can be very cynical too…. they like wearing a mixture of weird clothes and mix different fashions together just for the heck of it….they like weed…. generally very laid back and relaxed. “

Another, maybe more accurate meaning is given by this article from that barometer of world bastions, the BBC…read it here!

Whatever the meaning, I wanted to talk about a guy who very definitely meets this explanation. His name is Keith McKellar.

Keith McKellar, with his famous leather waistcoat! photo Metro News

I had been staying at the Patricia Hotel in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, an area well known for it’s seamier side of life, being home to substance abusers, the poor and homeless people.

Although all these people in the DTE area of Vancouver are harmless, that still doesn’t stop people from other wealthier environs, taking a circular route bypassing this side of town.

A pity in my view, as the area has the highest concentration of artists per capita in the whole of Canada. There are professional artists, emerging artists, community artists, student artists and lovers of all the arts here.

There are poets, musicians, actors, theatres and theatre companies, art galleries, contemporary and traditional dancers, film-makers, writers, visual artists, festivals, choirs, arts schools and universities and many more genres of art.

And it is within this atmosphere that Keith McKellar honed his persona.

Keith can be found most weekends parked at Commercial Drive/Gravely, just opposite the Café Roma, his drawings and paintings overflowing out of his brown Chevy van that has become somewhat of a trademark all over Vancouver now.

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Keith’s work is mainly pen and ink, with vivid, almost flourescent colours, depicting Vancouver cafes and theatres, dives and dance halls. In fact, anything crumbling at the edges and left behind in history seems to draw his eye. But nothing more so than the city’s neon advertising lights, steadily dwindling nowadays, fizzing down to blackout with each passing day.

Most of his drawings are eccentric ink renditions of some of the city’s most legendary eateries , about which he says “The café is like the church of modern times. It is a meeting place, a place where you can share your secrets. It’s a timeless place. It’s a fulcrum room in our existence.”

A little bit about Keith…

His main job way back in the 70s was as a cabbie in Vancouver. As he explains himself, “Cab driving was a front-row seat at the pulse. A tilt at the trove… The neon geography was a seizure of colour and motion.”

However, with that seat right in the middle of where everything was happening, the streets, came the demon of firewater…he was drinking hard, which resulted in the inevitable, his marriage to a childhood sweetheart collapsed.

After that, he went from job to job, totally over 65 different jobs.

“I’d been pushing the river the wrong way. Sleeping anywhere: rooftops, fire escapes, couches. So I jumped off that train and rolled. Then I got up and just kept running”, he says.

He managed however, to travel a phenomenal amount during those days, taking in LA, Taiwan and Japan, after which the drawings seemed to start flowing as if from a faucet that had been kept closed for so long.

“I lived like a monk, of course. But living like that is the ultimate wealth. I was outdoors in L.A. for 30 days and 30 nights. All you need is a tarp and a sleeping bag. A cart for your paper and pens.”

What of his technique? Well, it also has a suitably mystic twist, as befits a bohemian… “I call it quick-slow,” he says. “You have to be fast on the inside and keep a slow hand. It’s hard work pulling ink. But it’s like riding your bicycle up the Fraser Valley and a guy blows by on his Harley, this hunk of sausage on wheels with $100 bills falling out of his pockets from the dope deals, and you suddenly feel light and ethereal.”

To an observer, Keith’s age bears hardly no resemblance to his physical persona…he’s sun-burnt and lean, tall and walks with a positive…well, bohemian slant, his long hair waving behind him, and his trademark leather waistcoat and neckerchief making him stand out from the crowds anywhere he goes.

And he has his own views about where his work should really be available for viewing. “Galleries? I don’t mind galleries,” he says finally. “But I don’t go knocking on doors.”

A staunch bohemian to the last!

See him in action here..

 

Classical Joint Coffee House

 

Ovaltine Cafe Interior

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The film camera that takes fotos with light from a single candle? Aw..come on..!


Yes!

That was the marketing spiel used when the Yashica Electro 35 first hit the streets way back in the 70s. And indeed, the spiel was backed up by actual shots taken with the camera, where the only light was from a single candle.

How was that possible? Well, the main reason is that humungous f1.7 lens, made of solid high quality optical glass.

Without further ado,  here’s what a professional says about it:

“The shutter is the quietest I have seen, and Ive seen millions of cameras, believe me! Its a wonderful, stepless, leaf shutter, so quiet, that you may even prefer it to those on your fancier cameras. And legend has it that these cameras can effortlessly take a photo by candelight, something even the mighty Leica is hard-pressed to do, if at all!”

Im offering one for sale right now…click here to fnd out more!

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Enter into the SpaceLab…..!


Recently I decided to do some posts about shops and businesses that interest me in and around the Vancouver downtown area.

The first post was about the quirky bookshop that is called Spartacus, based in the Strathcona area of VanCity DTE.

Today’s post is also about another unique shop.

It is located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is called Studio 126

It’s run by a collection of rather cool guys and gals, Chris (he of the full ginger beard!), Ryan Quirico, Gabriel Wilde and Anna Karolina Szul (and of not forgetting little baby, too!). Ryan told me that Anna is an accomplished artist and some of her work is available to see and purchase in the shop.

I’m sure these guys will correct me if I have missed anyone out, as my visit to their shop was a little short time-wise.

Walk down E Pender St, past an eclectic mix of oriental shops, selling anything from dried fish, squid, herbs and berries to Feng Shui buddhas, and you will most probably walk right past Studio 126.

The reason for that is because it is such an unpretentious place, with it’s display window placed some 2 feet back from the sidewalk, it is easy to miss. Immediately you enter the place, on your right will be the chance to sample a cup of the original Stumptown coffee, served by an equally original, charming and beautiful young lady called Gabrielle Wilde (correct me if I’m wrong!).

So with a cup of Stumptown in your hand, you lead the way as your eyes take you. There’s no distinct separation between the different areas of the shop, meaning you are encouraged to ramble slowly through.

There’s so much here that you really need to set aside at least an hour for rummaging through the stuff they have…I mean, there’s things you and me and a thousand million other folks threw out with the garbage decades ago…things like tape cassette players, manual typewriters (yes!), handmade artwork, classic film cameras, odd animal skulls, small pieces of odd wood, some carved, some driftwood I would say…

All in all, a superb place to browse away your weekend…I heard the quote “Sip n Shop” about this place somewhere!

Too right…we need far more shops like these…beats strolling around in a featureless mall any day!

 

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