Lo-Fi Photography

Home Made Polaroid Integral Pinhole Camera

Posted in Gear by Ray on 09.28.2010

I just made this conversion last weekend, using a Polaroid CB70 back, bamboo soap dish, spare wood, and a couple of nuts, bolts and washers from Home Depot:



Test shot on my deck:


Out in the field, light leaks since I’ve not glued on the box (just trying things out so I can make adjustments):


My Various Holga Setups

Posted in Gear by Ray on 05.05.2010

I have several Holga cameras that I set up differently for various techniques.

This is my infrared setup, using a Holga 120GFN outfitted with a 46mm to 49mm Hoya adapter ring, Hoya R72 IR filter, and a Holga shutter release set.


This is a shot using Efke IR820 Aura. It was slightly cloudy, so I had the shutter open (in the sunny setting) for about 3 or 4 seconds (this is where the cable release comes in handy).

This is my Tunnelvision setup, using a Holga 120N with a Lomo Tunnelvision 0.45x adapter lens.


This is a representative shot with Ilford FP-4+. The lens gives a wider angle, provides a more aggressive vignetting, and a distortion similar to a flipped lens.

This is my Holgaroid setup, using a Holga 120TRL with a Polaroid back attached. On a regular Holga the viewfinder is obstructed by back, so the twin lens reflex format is to me a great solution around this problem.


This shot was taken with Polaroid Type 84 black and white film. It’s a square format, and you know what Huey Lewis said…"it’s hip to be square."

As a glutton for punishment, I shoot dry plate tintype with a Holga 120WPC pinhole camera.


The 6×9 mask has been slightly modified with two strips of museum board to hold the plates in place. This is my first shot with the Rockland tintype kit and it was a 2 minute exposure on a sunny afternoon.

‘Roid Week 2010

Posted in Photos by Ray on 05.04.2010

‘Roid Week, a week long (5 days) celebration of Polaroid photography.

This is my picture for Day 1, using a pre-production pack of PX600.

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.

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.