November 12, 2017



In the Wild

November 10, 2017

maze 1Ba

I ventured into the local Teaneck Creek Conservancy for some landscape shots.  They have a labyrinth for contemplation, where I attempted that.  Shot with a coffee can pinhole.

The two images below were taken at other locations in The Creek.  Working in the field with pinhole on paper is difficult:  have to carry around all those loaded boxy cameras; some developed light leaks; reloading must be done in a darkroom bag; and I have not yet gotten the hang of dealing with high-contrast settings.  I also tend to forget that if I want a selfie, I must be close to the camera!

Landscape 1B


Pond 1B

Late Halloween Bit

November 2, 2017

Cardinal Hi Res pos

The Bloody Cardinal was caught on camera, in a two-minute exposure, no less, in my backyard.  This was taken with a new camera, a coffee can pinhole on which I fixed a tripod mount.


Pinhole and Not

November 1, 2017

old books POS

It was a dull, cloudy day out, so even with some lights turned on, this interior shot was exposed for about 9,000 seconds; that’s two and one-half hours.  🙂  The aperture is 0.2mm and the focal length is 0.9″ for an f-stop of about 114.  My collection of first editions of illustrated copies of Voltaire’s Candide and E. A. Poe’s The Adventure of Arthur Gordon Pym are hardly legible.  😦


This is the image I should have taken with my pinhole camera yesterday at The Cloisters!  But it was made with my iPad.

Medieval NYC

October 31, 2017


Alongside the entrance ramp to the George Washington Bridge in northern Manhattan, stuck between two enormous buildings that are part of NY Presbyterian Hospital, there is an old walk-up apartment building.  It’s the one with the dark horizontal band that is the bottom platform, supported on braces, of the rear fire escape.  Below that, it’s stone sub-basements all the way down.  I think there are four levels!  To me, it has always looked like a bit of medieval Italy transplanted to NYC.  The image was captured with a my small-format pinhole, a very wide-angle.

Further up the road is the turnoff into Fort Tryon park, where the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters Museum is found.  The entrance goes under this monumental stone bridge that carries pedestrians in the park across the road.


This shot of the back entrance to the Cloisters didn’t work so well:  the contrast is too great.  I find that pinhole shots, at least for me, using paper and not film, work better on cloudy days.


No Cars on the NJ Turnpike

October 26, 2017


A sixty-second exposure of the northbound NJ Turnpike, just a few miles before the George Washington Bridge.  Since it’s a pinhole, the fencing is in focus despite it’s being almost right up against the camera.  I was using yet another camera, with a 4-inch focal length, and a 0.57mm pinhole. There was a lot of traffic.


Nearby, I took this image of the bridge into the New Overpeck Park, with overgrowth and a blank billboard.  The day was so cloudy, I had to use a seven-minute exposure, but that made the light areas, and the sky, get overexposed.  The blue arrows on the map show the location from which I took the shots. Overpecky

And I have no idea what went wrong with this shot of a telecommunications tower!


Route 4 Overpass at Teaneck Road

October 21, 2017

Rte 4 II pos B

The image above was taken with my 0.406mm/5-inch camera, on Route 4 at the overpass with Teaneck Road.  The passing traffic is just a white blur in this two-minute exposure.  The image below was made with the modified Stenoflex, 02mm/0.9-inch camera, and there appears to have been a serious light leak.  A thirty-second exposure makes it look deserted and “timeless.”Rte 4 pos