I have been shooting Todd Schlemmer’s wonderful TerraPin OSKAR 6×9 pinhole camera since January. You can tell when you pick one of his cameras that Todd has been a pinhole photographer for many years, and that he is also a thinker about photography. All of his 3D-printed cameras come with an insert that goes around the take-up spool to prevent fat rolls, for example. The shutter is a flat disk that one turns about 45 degrees anti-clockwise, and there is your pinhole — in the case of the Oskar 6×9 it has an aperture of f/165. The Oskar is easy to load, easy to secure, light in weight and able to take a few knocks. It has hardly left my side since last January.
I shot these five images with a roll of Lomography Color Negative 100 film rated at 80 ISO. It is a film I use a lot because it is about the cheapest fresh color film one can get in the USA. The one serious shortcoming with it is that it seems to come too tightly-wound from factory, so it tends to “unfurl” as you load it into any camera — which means you can have a fat roll even before you start. I did get some slight leaks in this roll, due to a bit of unfurling happening as I loaded the roll into the camera. Luckily, it was not serious enough to ruin the whole roll.
I was on the airport shuttle back to Whidbey Island early on a Sunday morning. The shuttle got to the Mukilteo ferry dock with time before we had to board. There was a storm circling this area of the Puget Sound. I loaded the TerraPin, put it on a Gorillapod and shot the entire roll in 10 minutes.
The first image, of the Lighthouse Keeper’s House next to the dock, was a 1.6 second exposure. The rest of the images were 2.2 second exposures, as measured by the Pinhole Assist app — my hand might have taken a tad longer than that! The Great Blue Heron allowed me two shots at these speeds and never moved.
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