It’s Friday so get ready for the Friday film later on today! Also, this weekend a GREAT user review and comparison of the Samsung NX10 and Oly E-PL1 submitted by a reader of the site. Lots of cool stuff on the way!
For now I would like to post something a reader sent in that is pretty damn cool! Franz-Georg Wand has written a small article on how to convert your M8 into a pinhole camera. The images he submitted have that dreamy, blurry pinhole look so I thought you guys would find it interesting. Thanks Franz!
following your “going back to the roots” and shooting with film-Ms – oh I really love my M6 🙂 – I thought, maybe you would like to see some images using the digital Leica as a pinhole camera … so, this is the story …
Scottland, Islay … with the digital Leica-pinhole-camera
Last year I found a store – www.monochrom.com – where you can buy a end cap (sorry, I did not found the right word for it) for the Leica Ms with a teeny hole in it, so that you can use it instead of an objective (lens)
… and so your most modern digital M will become a former pinhole-camera.
Although I only made some bad and disappointing experiences with it I decided to take it with me to Islay, an isle of Scottland, where I wanted to stay some weeks to learn more about Islay-Whisky 🙂 Oh yes, and I did!
I found a small harbor, Portnahaven, lying in the fog when I first arrived on a rainy day with some old boats, waiting for some better times. The colour of this rusty boat inspired me and I started taking pictures, using several lenses.
But … at the end, there was no really good result. With none of my lenses I was able to bring out, what I was thinking of fixing my eyes on this heroic rusty steal.
I remembered this little peace of plastic with its teeny hole in my camera-bag, nothing worth in comparison to a real lens, but … I tried it …
The effect was, that I started taking pictures of this small harbor for the next three days. Not using any lens, only with my digital M8-pinhole-camera.
Only having an aperture of about 125, always using a tripod, always having long exposure times, always having the same focal length of nearly 35mm.
I was bound by these fixed terms, but felt free of no longer thinking about other lenses and possibilities how to create the image.
… and there was the depth of focus, with it´s warm blur …
Some days later I found a field of wild cotton, strong winds whipped the plants. I laid myself down to the wet grass and made this shot with my digital-M8-pinhole-camera … I love it sooooooo much !
Best wishes from Castrop-Rauxel, Germany, “Ruhrpott”,
Yours Franz-Georg Wand