Monday, April 29, 2013

More Spring Flowers

Flowers make great photo subjects and are especially easy when you have a fantastic lens like the 40mm XS that came with the Pentax K-01 which focuses as close as 15 inches – almost as good as having a macro.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Rainy Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Well it’s been a very wet Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) but in spite of the weather and not feeling well today I managed to get out and shoot my annual roll with my home made pinhole camera anyway. Of course I won’t get the film back for a few days so I will have to wait to share the pictures with you. Just one more of the great things about shooting film – waiting!

As I write this blog post there have been nearly 600 photos uploaded to the WPPD web site already and I’ve picked out several that I especially like. I look forward to looking at all the pictures almost as much as I enjoy taking and sharing my own photos.

If you haven’t already, go to the WPPD web site and start checking them out. I guarantee you will enjoy yourself there but don’t start unless you have time to spare because once you start you won’t be able to stop until you’ve seen them all.

Here’s the link…

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Experience Pinhole Photography!

What are you doing this weekend? Celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Photography this weekend with thousands of others from around the world and experience primitive photography at its best.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Flowers for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Here’s a photo of a beautiful Iris taken with the Pentax K-01 at the Baton Rouge Botanical Gardens.  I’ve been looking for a colorful garden “type” location to shoot my pinhole camera photos next week for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) and this could be the spot. I like to shoot color film with the pinhole camera but there really is no point unless you have a colorful composition.

Below is another shot of one of the many annual flower beds at the Botanical Gardens displaying the kind of colorful scene I was looking for.

Last year I shot Kodak Portra 160 for WPPD and I was pleased with the photos I took around my yard. Portra delivers deep soothing greens with lawn, trees & shrubbery making up most of my compositions but this year I want to include a more diverse color pallet.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


One of the really great things about the Nikon P-300 is its size. Not only is it small enough to fit in pocket or purse so it can be carried with you where ever you go, it’s also small and handy enough to be operated with one hand if necessary, like while you’re driving!

(Hey, these days I have an hour + commute so I have to find something to do to stay awake.)
This diminutive Nikon can also be shot in any number of modes including full manual, aperture priority and in this case shutter priority. I wanted to get the “blurred motion effect” as I was driving along so I set it for 1/15th of a second shutter speed and let the camera select the f3.5 aperture and the 160 ISO.

It was a pretty gloomy morning and I was hoping for some heavy rain to add a bit of drama to the photo but the rain on the windshield may have obscured the picture of everything else so it’s probably for the best there was only a light drizzle.

Now for the disclaimer – don’t try this yourself! It’s stupid and dangerous. You could end up with your vehicle wrapped around a tree or worse.