I have shot film since my childhood, but I completely switched to film 5 years ago. During all this time I gained a lot of experience experimenting with different film, formats, and cameras and gradually realized what I like most — the square format and slowed down shooting. This naturally led me to the idea of trying pinhole photography and one day I bought an ONDU multiformat camera.
I didn’t like my first attempts very much and I felt that I had neglected her for a while. But on a cold morning on December 31st, 2021, while everyone was waiting for the New Year, I went for my usual walk and took only the ONDU camera and a roll of my favorite fim — Rollei Superpan 200.
Not far from us there are abandoned buildings from a former big machine-building fabric, some of which were used for administrative purposes. It was such a building that I passed this morning, and my attention was drawn to the broken glass at the entrance. Since I knew about the possibilities of pinhole cameras for a very large depth of field, I decided to try to capture the broken glass up close. I placed my camera in front of the hole in the glass and tried to imagine what the camera would “see”.
The camera itself doesn’t have a viewfinder, and I don’t have that wide-angle viewfinder, so all I could do was imagine what would fit into the frame. I find this to be the most difficult, but also the most interesting and attractive quality of pinhole photography. You can never be sure what will be in the frame unless you use a special viewfinder. But let’s not forget the parallax when shooting so close…
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Of course, after determining the approximate frame, I set about determining the exposure with a light meter and using the table that ONDU offers when buying the camera. As the exposure time is relatively long, especially for inside shots, it was necessary to take into account the loss of reciprocity. Unfortunately, in my phone application, I could not find values for my film and decided to take the values of ILFORD SFX 200. The day was a little foggy and the exposure time was between 3 and 6 minutes. Given what I expected and the result, I think that I would overexpose myself by about 50% of the time.
I find shooting with the ONDU camera extremely fun and stimulating. I really like shooting with simple but smart cameras, with which I do not feel the need and worry about batteries, electronics and the vagaries of time. I will be very happy if you find what I wrote fun and useful, especially since this is my first experience as an author in EMULSIVE.
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