RealitySoSubtle 6×17. An experiment.

During a recent visit to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah I took along a 6×17 pinhole camera that I’d purchased from James at his website:

http://www.aupremierplan.fr

James manufactures these camera’s himself and the main attraction of the 6×17 is its curved film plane which reduces the vignetting associated with this type of camera.

It also has two pinholes to set either more foreground (lower pinhole) or more sky (upper pinhole). All of the Utah photographs were taken on Ilford Delta 100.

Calf Creek Falls, Capitol Reef National Park:

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

The upper pinhole image above produced the much better photograph. This was a lengthy exposure which removed several people who waded into the cold water to swim towards the waterfall.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

Crossing over to the other side of the waterfall a slit of sunlight added a foreground interest to the photograph. The image below is cropped on the right hand side slightly.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

 

Muley Twist Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park:

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

The camera has a 141 degrees horizontal field of view (this is extremely wide). Therefore you have to position the camera very close to something to have any foreground element – all the time avoiding getting a tripod leg visible.

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iPhone photograph. A pinhole photograph is prepared.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

 

The Waterpocket Fold above Muley Twist Canyon. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah:

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

These were less successful. Both were very short exposures for the pinhole at under 2 seconds. In quickly opening and closing the shutter I introduced some camera shake and blurring of the exposed image (it was only a fairly light travel tripod). A large swarm of small biting insects also discovered me at about this time, adding to my sense of urgency.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

 

Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon. Goblin Valley State Park, Utah:

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Ilford Delta 100.

A reasonably accessible Slot Canyon which also shows another of the pinhole camera strengths. Over the long exposure (ten minutes plus) the foreground and background attains good sharpness.

The Darent Valley, Kent:

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Lomography film 100 speed.

Once back home I ran a single roll of Lomography film rated at iso 100 through the camera.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Lomography film 100 speed.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Lomography film 100 speed.

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Reality so Subtle 6×17. Lomography film 100 speed.

The end of the roll.

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