After the Storm


I know some like to collect pictures of wayward flip-flops – here’s one I took a few years back.

It’s easy to take photographs of objects, for many of us it’s the mainstay of our photography – but what I try to do, if I can, if the inspiration is with me, is try to take the photograph in such a way as to make it a picture – something which prompts wider thoughts/musings.  As here, where wider scenery was just too favourable not to include.

The image is also one of those, which although the colour is relatively muted, it does not work so well as a black and white convert – the flip-flop loses much of its status in the frame.



Taken using my Rollei SL66 with the home made pinhole adapter and a pinhole punched in a piece of aluminium food tray from a take-away.  On film developed at home and negative scanned for reproduction here.


Fun with a Tube

Every so often I like to have a play with pinhole photography – not with the commercially available holes and attachments but things I make myself.  I’ve had a crack at doing some with my digital camera, but to be honest, it’s more trouble than it’s worth.  So I’ve tended to stick with film.

My original objective was to create a gizzmo that would fit on the front of my Rollei in such a way that I could attach/detach at will – thus I could drop a pinhole shot into the middle of a film if I wanted.  I wanted use my Rollei as it has a significant advantage because using the waist level finder and a dark cloth over my head I can just about see the image of the subject I’m taking reasonably well.

As you may know, in theory, the pinhole can be any distance from the film plane, the further away the larger the image of the subject but the longer the exposure needs to be.  Okay in theory, but practice?  I had to give it a try.  So I put a pinhole at the front of a parcel tube which I then attached to the front of my camera.

In the picture, the front of the ‘lens’ is supported by a lighting stand with a catapult taped to the top to give a u-shaped support.  Trying to maintain the tube/camera/film plain was a real nightmare.

A couple of examples of the output.

‘Standard’ Pinhole to Film Distance

‘Telephoto’ Pinhole to Film Distance

Standard – the arrow points to the ‘target’

Kirk Deighton Church

I’ll leave you to consider the results, but the tube clearly exhibits a lack of contrast (in part I believe due to scatter in the tube). Also the Church picture is suffering from a slight light leak or glare.

I’m sorry I can’t give you details of exposure – I calculate each exposure using a meter and conversion tables, but the long tube ones will be pushing towards 15 to 20 minutes.

It’s unlikely that I will be making any more attempts, it’s just too much faffing about – trying to line things up, especially on uneven ground – the slightest out of alignment and the image quality/light level drops significantly.



Many are able to avail themselves of grand scenic vistas and spectacular geological features like waterfalls, but where I live we don’t have much like that – and if we do, it’s usually done to death so to speak.  For me, the intimate details in small streams can be quite charming and, in a photographic sense, as demanding as the ‘big stuff’.

This little scene is a point in case, I just loved the way the light was illuminating this small section of beck..