I want to follow-up on the pinhole camera assignment..
I finished it.
I developed eight 4x5 negatives from the pinhole camera!!
FIRST, I developed 2 negatives at home, in my "bathroom" darkroom. This was extraordinarily difficult because I had to develop each negative separately in its own tray. But worthwhile..! It was only agonizingly slow. (And everyone knows I have trouble with S-L-O-W.)
SECOND, I developed the rest of the negatives in a special 4x5 holder that is extraordinarily difficult to load. -AND- Two of the negatives got stuck together because the slats are so close together. Yikes! But excellent learning experience. I feel much more experienced at loading this holder and know I will only risk loading it with four 4x5 negatives from this point forward.
THIRD, the shoot above was at the downtown Portland's Central Library. I love the first photo because it shows the ghosts of people walk across the street. The pinhole camera has to expose for a much longer time than a normal point and shoot camera (as many of you may use). I exposed these for 8 seconds each. You can also see a car movement blur in the second photo above.
FOURTH - The photos of myself, above, were attempted self portraits...WALKING into the photos. I had to expose for 50 seconds each. Inside, no matter if there is total window light, there needs to be added light or VERY long exposure times. Thus, the softness in some of them. I had to blink, and I definitely moved.
The two beneath those self-portrait experiments were one of the local liquor store and the local park. In the park photo, there is a ghost of a child playing.
FIFTH - The last two photos, above, are of a cloudy skyline off the deck. The contrast in the cloudy shadows was pushed as far as possible in processing -and- still didn't meet my hopeful expectations. This was still a highly interesting experiment in shooting clouds. I want more of this! Yes PLEASE!
SHOOT ON. NEVER STOP SEARCHING. I AM STILL LEARNING TO SEE.
Once in awhile, well, BAM!