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05/01/2010 04:46:33 PM · #1
Decided on experimenting today using pinhole on my digital camera. I hammered a small aperture (about ½mm) into a steel cut out (from the lid of a beans tin) and taped it on the the camera using black tape.

Very little editing on these, so pretty much straight out the camera other than black and white conversion and a bit of level adjustment.

Pictures
05/01/2010 05:01:32 PM · #2
Super cool!!

This would be a great challenge. Say basic editing rules?
05/01/2010 05:06:04 PM · #3
Excellent choice for a May side challenge!

Here are mine.
05/01/2010 05:08:49 PM · #4
So I take it you guys are using a super high ISO and wide open aperture?
05/01/2010 05:10:42 PM · #5
And mine from World Pinhole Day last Sunday
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05/01/2010 05:13:20 PM · #6
Originally posted by PixelKing:

So I take it you guys are using a super high ISO and wide open aperture?

Actually, I keep mine on the lowest ISO, but that just means the shutter speed is longer. I haven't tried it at a higher ISO. And the pinhole is the aperture. This is totally manual, since it's a lenseless process.
05/01/2010 05:13:22 PM · #7
Originally posted by PixelKing:

So I take it you guys are using a super high ISO and wide open aperture?


Wide open aperture? I'd say something along the lines of F/87 being less than 1mm. My iso was set at 1600 for most of them.
05/01/2010 05:14:34 PM · #8
Originally posted by JayA:


Pictures

Nice selection there.
05/01/2010 05:14:43 PM · #9
haha, um, ya i guess you could do it THAT way.........

Doh!!

05/01/2010 05:17:01 PM · #10
I tried putting the tinplate on the end of extention tubes too, to see if i got any different effects the further away from the sensor it was.. not much good.
05/01/2010 05:23:59 PM · #11
Cool, I also want to make one!
What kind of shutter speeds to you get? Have you tried making a smaller hole to make the images sharper?

Putting the hole further away from the sensor should get you a longer lens (more tele, greater magnification). Didn't it?

If you want to shoot architecture, you can just move the hole around to get a "shift"-type objective that renders buildings "straight". ("tilt" is not of much use with a pinhole though...)
05/01/2010 05:26:51 PM · #12
Originally posted by johst582:

Cool, I also want to make one!
What kind of shutter speeds to you get? Have you tried making a smaller hole to make the images sharper?

Putting the hole further away from the sensor should get you a longer lens (more tele, greater magnification). Didn't it?

If you want to shoot architecture, you can just move the hole around to get a "shift"-type objective that renders buildings "straight". ("tilt" is not of much use with a pinhole though...)


In the sun the speeds were pretty fast, around 1/20th and then around 1/4th in the shade.
I tried two different sizes and the sharpness does increase with a smaller aperture.

Message edited by author 2010-05-01 17:27:18.
05/02/2010 04:11:38 PM · #13
You guys got me fired up again. Here are two I shot with the Lensbaby pinhole/zone plate optic.

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05/02/2010 05:16:25 PM · #14
pinhole noob alert:

Can I do this with a fixed lens? There's no way to remove it. (unless I want a permanent pinhole camera)
8-D
05/02/2010 06:22:41 PM · #15
Originally posted by e10icus:

pinhole noob alert:

Can I do this with a fixed lens? There's no way to remove it. (unless I want a permanent pinhole camera)
8-D

I would say that you are pretty much out of luck with a fixed lens camera. You did give me a great idea though. I have an old Fuji A800 with the lens out of it, but everything else is still working. I was going to see if I could put a lens mount on it, however, it would be good to make up a pinhole for it. Pinholes work better with a larger sensor though, since resolution is limited by the size of the pinhole. I don't know if the broken cam idea will work though, since 4 sec is the longest exposure that it will do.
05/02/2010 06:43:26 PM · #16
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

Originally posted by e10icus:

pinhole noob alert:

Can I do this with a fixed lens? There's no way to remove it. (unless I want a permanent pinhole camera)
8-D

I would say that you are pretty much out of luck with a fixed lens camera. You did give me a great idea though. I have an old Fuji A800 with the lens out of it, but everything else is still working. I was going to see if I could put a lens mount on it, however, it would be good to make up a pinhole for it. Pinholes work better with a larger sensor though, since resolution is limited by the size of the pinhole. I don't know if the broken cam idea will work though, since 4 sec is the longest exposure that it will do.


4seconds and under is fine in good conditions.
05/02/2010 06:46:16 PM · #17
Originally posted by e10icus:

pinhole noob alert:

Can I do this with a fixed lens? There's no way to remove it. (unless I want a permanent pinhole camera)
8-D


Try this.
05/02/2010 10:45:28 PM · #18
Joe Reifer writes one of my favorite blogs. Here's a series of shots of Angel Island that he did with the Lensbaby Composer zone plate. Link

Check out some of his earlier posts. He does some uber cool night photography workshops at at the Pearsonville Junkyard.
05/06/2010 10:29:22 PM · #19
So another possibly stupid question...........but

For some reason my camera will not allow me to change the shutter speed when there is no lens attached.

I have a Nikon d700. Any thoughts?

theres no "Pinhole" setting on my camera.......LOL

Message edited by author 2010-05-06 22:35:09.
05/06/2010 11:56:36 PM · #20
Hmm. Interesting. I don't have a problem doing that with the D300. Lens off, lens cap on, turned to manual and had no problem at all. Shutter speed changes readily. Of course, with no lens the aperture setting shows 0.

Originally posted by PixelKing:

So another possibly stupid question...........but

For some reason my camera will not allow me to change the shutter speed when there is no lens attached.

I have a Nikon d700. Any thoughts?

theres no "Pinhole" setting on my camera.......LOL
05/07/2010 12:13:50 AM · #21
Originally posted by PixelKing:

So another possibly stupid question...........but

For some reason my camera will not allow me to change the shutter speed when there is no lens attached.

I have a Nikon d700. Any thoughts?

theres no "Pinhole" setting on my camera.......LOL


Maybe you're in shutter priority? Since it has no aperture value to work from, I imagine that might cause a bit of a hangup...
05/07/2010 02:40:51 AM · #22
Go full manual mode.
05/07/2010 11:52:34 AM · #23
just throwing in an oddball here, what effects could you get by using multiple holes, say three holes arranged in a triangle, would you get a triple exposure effect or would they effectively act as one aperature three times the size?
05/07/2010 12:01:09 PM · #24
Originally posted by brightspark567:

just throwing in an oddball here, what effects could you get by using multiple holes, say three holes arranged in a triangle, would you get a triple exposure effect or would they effectively act as one aperature three times the size?


INteresting thought. I found this: //www.jamesmoninger.com/Gallery.asp?GalleryID=5931&AKey=CDS9CGNT
05/07/2010 12:03:00 PM · #25
Originally posted by giantmike:

Originally posted by brightspark567:

just throwing in an oddball here, what effects could you get by using multiple holes, say three holes arranged in a triangle, would you get a triple exposure effect or would they effectively act as one aperature three times the size?


INteresting thought. I found this: //www.jamesmoninger.com/Gallery.asp?GalleryID=5931&AKey=CDS9CGNT


haha yeah as soon as i posted it i tried it and, yeah, multiple images, maybe could have been a good idea for the double exosure challenge...
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