Spring Pinhole Photo

Spring really, truly is finally here and I’ve been taking every opportunity to capture it on film.

This photo of a crocus cluster was taken in my garden using a homemade pinhole camera I constructed from a broken camera and a pie tin.

Check out these planty pinhole photos taken in a greenhouse by Andreas Wolkerstorfer. This image of cyclamen is particularly beautiful.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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3 thoughts on “Spring Pinhole Photo

  1. What is the focal length on the pinhole camera? that is totally close-up. I’m impressed, but then almost everything you do impresses me.

  2. Thanks! Actually I’m much too lazy to do any calculations. It was a cheap medium format tlr camera that I broke about a year ago so I took it apart, busted out the lens, made a pinhole with a sewing needle and a piece of pie tin, stuck it in and put everything back together. I wasn’t impressed with the results from the first roll so last night I took it all apart again, and put in a new piece of pie tin with a much tinier hole made from an acupuncture needle.

    Next Sunday is World Pinhole Photography Day http://www.pinholeday.org so I’m getting my cameras ready. I have a nice wooden pinhole camera that I’ve had for a while now and another I just finished making last night from an old box camera. Fun!

    To take that picture I literally stuck the camera in the garden and removed the piece of tape I am using for a shutter.

    Here’s a handy tool for doing various pinhole calculations http://www.concepthouse.com/products/PinholeCalc/

    Here’s a paper pinhole camera you can print out and construct. http://www.pinhole.cz/en/pinholecameras/dirkon_01.html

  3. Wow Gayla! I have been intrigued by the Holga and pinhole photography since I came across it a while back on Get Crafty (RIP) but have not yet had a chance to explore it in any depth. Your fabulous crocus shot has renewed my desire to learn more about the whole process etc. Maybe I will construct the dirkon and test it out on my succulents…

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