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Module 152MC Working with Light: Pinhole camera (task two: Portrait)

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This weeks task for 152MC was to take a pinhole camera image on the street but it needed to be a portrait style.  Somebody who occupies that space.  I chose a fellow student.  This was not as easy as it sounds.  Due to where I decided to take the shot it was in partial shade and hence needed quite long exposure times.  These times ranged from 2 minutes to two minutes and 45 seconds.  Although this may not sound a lot, it is when you are occupying a public space.  Not to mention the fact that the student needed to stay as still as possible.  After around seven attempts I managed to get quite a detailed negative image.  I was more than happy with the composition as the wall adds strong lead-in lines to the image, which along with the pattern on the pavement adds plenty of pattern and texture.  Although I managed to produce a half decent positive image from the original pinhole negative, I do still find the negative attractive in its own way.  The positive images can look rather flat and bland.

I am enjoying this module at University and I am actually starting to find my feet.  Experimenting with a pinhole camera is teaching me more than just about light.

The detail and maximum depth of field achieved using a pinhole camera never ceases to amaze me.  After all, it is just a hole in a box with no working components.


Written by Dean O'Brien

May 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

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  1. A strong image Dean, it would be good to see some more. If the depth of field element is attractive to you then maybe a series of photos which harness that quality, or perhaps the form using as you put it – ‘lead-in’ lines.


    May 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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