Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Early Edition

So last week I did some experiments with the ole pinhole camera.
Mainly long exposure night shots.
Sort of.
Rolling out:

I put the pinhole camera in the trunk and carry the rest of my stuff in my bag and strap my tripod to the handlebars.
That's a lot o'crap!
Anyways, this whole thing about reciprocity comes in for this  pinhole business seeing as how the exposure times can be as much as something like 84X normal.
So a 1/15 second shot becomes 3.5 minutes:

Longer even depending on what kind of film I'm using.
Which is normally the wrong kind.
So the problem becomes how much to add to the exposure besides the normal time; should I go 3x or 4x or what?
Then there's all the down time, the waiting for the exposure.
I learned a lesson: bring snacks.
I tried a bunch of different times, 2x which was wishful thinking and 3x.
Second shot:

By this time I'm just taking random shots with my other cameras to kill time:

More of the random stuff later.
Let's see what I got:

Not too good.
I was under exposed in all these shots:

Then I stopped off here:

Only to get this:

You can just barely make out the Flat Tire Earth Machine.
Okay, I need to adjust the exposure times.
Like increase them.
A lot.
I'm also going to try a different film, a faster one with hopefully less reciprocity failure.
Stay tuned.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Surf's Up!

Or at least it was up.
Last week.
Around Thursday.
I was going to ride my bicycle but I needed the Big Momma so I drove down to the beach to catch the latest summer swell.
Not too shabby:

Some dude decided to park his bicycle right in front of me:

When it gets bigger like this the lineup out there actually gets less crowded.
Only the experienced need apply.
If you know what I mean.

Folks were getting barrels left and right!
I mean the bowls over at Kewalos and Ala Moana were both firing off!
It was fun to watch!

I don't know where these dudes came from:

That has Coast Guard Search and Rescue written all over it!
Thankfully they were coming in, not going out.
It was sort of intimidating, even from where I was standing as the swell was coming in from a weird angle and the waves were just crazy:

Better to watch and enjoy from someplace safe:

Using the long lens opens up a lot of possibilities.
You can use different angles and set up your shots differently and I sort of dig it.
Except that the lens is like carrying around two bricks and I like to travel as light as possible since I carry around a lot o'crap.
Especially now since I got pinhole fever.
More on that later.