Touch of color
In this second picture of my small series of impressionistic photographs I like to give a different look on the traditional Dutch tulip arrangements so often photographed by so many people.
I turned an old lenscap and some aluminum foil into a pinhole plate, with 5 holes in a straight line, and placed the cap on my camera body with the holes in a vertical direction. The overlapping images create the impressionistic effect.
Some people who came by as I took this picture were kind enough to alert me that I forgot to mount my lens. No problem, I can do without...
Canon F1n, 40mm @ F90, 1sec. exposure on Kodak Portra 160VC
Robert van der Sanden 10/06/2006 17:27Hi Timm,
sure, pinhole is a very primitive way of photography. With chemicals mixed in raw egg white and spread onto glass plates to create negatives.
Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.
Funny you like 'Impressions' more. To be honest I feel the same way. It's indeed hard to find the right subjects for this sort of technique. The effect doesn't always have that little extra that 'Impressions' has. But I always have the plate in my bag in case I run into something.
Timm Pieper 10/06/2006 16:46These pinhole experiments are great. Sounds like a really "historical" technique to me, isn't it the way they made pictures in the beginning, with a hole in a plate? It's a great idea to use it the way you did!
Personally I like "Impressions" more than "Touch of colors". Somehow it seems more "rich" to me, with the texture on the trees, and the more sepia-like effect. But perhaps it is just because of my taste being more towards shapes than colours - as you might see on my pictures :-).
My feeling about this photo here is that there is one part with just colours, and one part with just shapes. But I guess, it may be difficult in general to find an appropriate motive with the perfect shape-texture-color combination for this technique.
Also, the light sky is distracting my eye from the dark shapes again, it might be more interesting to crop it without the sky.
Don't get me wrong, just some thoughts that came to my mind :-)
Best regards, Timm
Robert van der Sanden 31/05/2006 0:01That tree shot was taken in winter. It's springtime now so I thought a bit of color wouldn't hurt :-)
This is the sort of flower thing I had in mind for this pinhole trick, like I wrote to the previous picture. The tulips had such nice primary colors. I included the trees again to get some "recognizable" shapes in the composition. Otherwise I was affraid it would be just color blobs.
I'm glad you like it. Pinhole photography isn't a very common practice here.