Lo-Fi Photography

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Posted in News by Ray on 04.25.2010

Today (April 25, 2010) is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography.

Here’s a tintype I shot through my Holga 120 WPC in celebration:

I’ve been shooting dry plate tintypes using the Rockland Colloid kit. I’ll be writing about it in more detail.

Picture of the Day

Posted in Photos by Ray on 04.11.2010

From my first pack of PX100:

It’s a tricky film that is highly sensitive to light and temperature. The workaround is to attach a dark bag or the dark slide to the front of the camera with gaffer tape and then put the film into the shirt pocket to develop if it’s cold outside. This was shot in the elevator lobby at the W Hotel where I was staying. In the low light condition, it was almost a 10 second exposure and has the most saturated sepia range of any shot from the pack.

Impossible Project PX 100 SilverShade On Sale Today!

Posted in News by Ray on 03.25.2010

pxfilm_cover

After months of eager anticipation, the Impossible Project is set to begin retail sales of the new PX SilverShade monochrome film through their online store today (limited to 5 per person)!

Amidst the spectacular collapse of the Polaroid Corporation, TIP bought and preserved the last Polaroid plant in Enschede (Netherlands) to resurrect development and production of instant integral film for Polaroid cameras. 17 moths later, they’ve succeeded. The first to be introduced is a monochrome PX100 and PX600 SilverShade.

More info is available on their website.

Light Leaks Magazine Issue 16

Posted in News by Ray on 02.13.2010

My Condesa Stool Holgaroid picture won 1st Place in the Holgapalooza competition a few months ago and is published in Issue 16 of Light Leaks Magazine…I actually wanted to call this picture “Stool Sample”.

Light Leaks Issue 16

Zero Image 45

Posted in Gear by Ray on 12.13.2009

My foray into lens-less photography was through a Zero Image 45, probaly made in a sweatshop in Hong Kong, but I’d like to think it was carefully hand crafted by elves during Santa’s off season.

Look ma, no lens! Just a hole for the light to expose the film. This is the oldest and most basic form of photography. The concept was used as far back as the 4th century B.C. by the Greeks such as Aristotle and Euclid. Since there’s no sensors or fancy electronic doodads, I use a hand held light meter and the Force.

While most people would probably use large format negative film. My affinity for Polaroids led me to mount a Polaroid 545i back (secured by rubber bands) and use 4″x5″ Polaroid sheet film. Let’s just take an archaic form of photography and add a discontinued film format.

This is the camera in action under the pier at Coney Island. The sheet film is fed into the back then the paper sleeve (sticking out) is pulled out of the back and the film is left inside ready to be exposed (quite a simple, yet sophisticated system).

This is the result from under the pier at Coney Island. The images are ultra wide, given a focal length of just 25mm and a large format image size of 4″x5″, which can lead to some truly unexpected results. Mine also comes with an extra 25mm extension frame which when sandwiched in would increase the focal length to 50mm (still wide, just not ridiculous). The pinhole is around 0.2mm so effectively an f/138 which even in sunny conditions would require about a 1 second exposure.