North Jersey Pinhole

November 28, 2017

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I have always wanted to document the things about northern New Jersey that I like – you know, like the Turnpike, the refineries, the gritty industrial sections…All the stuff Woody Allen joked about and that people claim makes the state a dump.  Well, chacun son goût.

On the Hackensack River, between the town of Hackensack and Teaneck, where I live, is the defunct historical park dedicated to the WWII submarine, the U.S.S. Ling.  Pretty forlorn.  The yard around it is filled with rusting deck guns and torpedoes.  The shot of la torpille was taken with a coffee can camera,  35 second exposure.  I think the bright, low sunlight fools me into using too long an exposure:  it’s more light than it seems.

I had to climb over the gangplank barrier to get this picture of the submarine itself, taken with a 20 second exposure on my wide angle box pinhole, with the vignetting cropped out.

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To get from Teaneck to Hackensack, you can drive over the Cedar Lane bridge, which seems to be perpetually under reconstruction.  This is a view of the river looking north:  15 seconds at f165.  The photo is cropped.

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Another coffee can shot, this time a church in Hackensack.  It was so windy that I had to put my hand on the camera to steady the tripod, and the sun, blocked by a building on the left, was still wreaking havoc with my exposure of 45 seconds.

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A final Hackensack shot, where the home in the town meets the damp dirty prison:  the Bergen County Jail.  I visit immigrant detainees placed there, previously by Obama: Deporter in Chief, and lately by Trumpy: Dummkopf in Chief.  Again, the low sun fooled me.

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And further south, in Kearny, near Newark, NJ, is the fabulous Pulaski Skyway!  Built in the early 1930s, designed by a railway engineer, but intended to carry automobile traffic to the new Holland Tunnel.  Considered to be one of the worst highway segments ever created for cars, it is now under a massive reconstruction, but as a bridge structure, it is sublime!

20 second exposure with f169 on my wide angle box pinhole.  The image is cropped.

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20 seconds at f165 with a much longer focal length, so not so wide angle.

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Goin’ Gothic

November 28, 2017

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I created a new pinhole camera out of an empty tin that contained hand cream.  It has a very wide angle of capture with a focal length of only 1-inch, and an f-stop of 120.  I placed it on a mini-tripod, set it on the ground, and let it rip in the low altitude fall sunshine.  Still, it’s easy to get overexposed, even in just 10 seconds.

I like to see this first image as me going gothic.  It has a creepy feel to it.  I have to pre-cut the photo paper to fit into the camera, and it is hard to get out.  I scratched it up a bit trying.

 

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Just a ghost image of me in this one.  I didn’t get in front of it long enough.

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Chillin’ in the Compagna

November 26, 2017

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I was feeling pretty cultural this past week, so I tried to channel Goethe.

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More pinhole scenes:  one at Piermont, NY, and one on the Teaneck town green, with two exposures of me ghosting in there.

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In the Wild

November 10, 2017

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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!

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Late Halloween Bit

November 2, 2017

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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.

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Pinhole and Not

November 1, 2017

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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.  😦

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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

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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.

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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.

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