Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Results

Well, the results of the great Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day experiment are in. Your Humble Filmosaur was part of a group of pinhole photographers that met at the B&H store in NYC before heading out to the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market to take some pictures. Most of those assembled had mounted pinhole caps to their various Nikon DSLRs, which was all well and good, I suppose, but somehow being able to crank up the ISO to 12800 in order to shorten the shutter times and induce noise (NOT grain) seems antithetical to the whole “keep it simple” mindset of pinhole photography. But anyway….

Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Fuji Acros 100
Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Fuji Acros 100

I shot a single roll of Fuji Acros; two frames before we arrived and the remainder together with the group. Watching as everyone set up their tripods at the entrance to the flea market presented an interesting sort of sociology lesson: New Yorkers will apparently take great interest in half a dozen people setting up cameras even though there is nothing remarkable at all going on, but the aging Iggy Pop-lookalike in the pink bikini and matching cowboy hat is completely ignored by everyone.

Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Fuji Acros 100
Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Fuji Acros 100

While I did meter most of my exposures (I think), I seem to have blown out a lot of the highlights. It was a very bright day and, if I’m honest, I was not fully focused on trying to nail the exposure. Pinhole photography is a rather imperfect science, and the imperfections are part of the charm, if you ask me. (How’s THAT for rationalizing?)

Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Fuji Acros 100
Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 Pinhole Conversion, Fuji Acros 100

It was a good time, and it was nice to see others interested in trying a new type of photography, though somehow the idea of sticking a pinhole plate on a DSLR that cost as much as a car still seems a bit absurd to me. Nevertheless, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day has come and gone, and I was there and have the pictures to prove it.


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