Particularly Pleasing Practice Pinhole Pictures, Part 2

As promised, here is a second set of pinhole shots in advance of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day; same roll of Kodak Ektar, same pinhole-converted Brownie Flash Six-20 camera. The first set can be found here.

I was pretty happy with the way the shadows held up on these, particularly in terms of the edge detail. Granted, these were hard shadows in bright sunlight, but I was a bit surprised that a pinhole still rendered small, complex shapes relatively clearly. Look at the decorative shapes on the top of the fence as an example.

Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Kodak Ektar
Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Kodak Ektar

You can’t see it very well in the scaled-down full frame below, but in the full-size scan the shadows of the individual slats that make up the backs of the chairs are distinct against the wall of the house. The big 6×9 negatives are a major factor, I’m sure (I’m quite skeptical that you’d anything like this much detail from a similar pinhole setup on a standard 35mm negative).

Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Kodak Ektar
Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Kodak Ektar

Here’s a crop of the detail. You can even make out the millwork on the rail posts. (Sorry for the dusty scan; I didn’t have time to clean them up, and the dust doesn’t show in the scaled-down versions.)

Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Kodak Ektar
Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Kodak Ektar

With all this talk about sharpness and detail (which is really a bit silly; if one really wanted sharp, detailed photos, a pinhole camera would be pretty low on the list or preferred equipment), I would be remiss if I didn’t include this last shot. It was the last on the roll, and shot directly into the light. Apparently this can produce a weird rainbow tie-dye effect as the light passes through the aperture. I’m sure I couldn’t repeat this if I tried.

Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Kodak Ektar
Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Kodak Ektar

That’s all the practice I’m going to get before Sunday, so we’ll see how it goes. Happy pinholing!


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