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Get Inspired – 30 Minutes

In today’s featured photo, Atttila Hupjan shows us what happens when you just leave that shutter open!

30 Minutes
[singlepic id=23]30 Minutes, Zero Image 612B, Fuji Provia 400, ©Attila Hupjan[/singlepic]

Attila made this photo by mounting his Zero Image 612B on the back of the boat and leaving the shutter open for 30 minutes. The white squiggle in the sky is the moon as it bounced in the sky on the way back to shore. He opened the shutter when the sky was still blue at dusk and captured the last glimmer of setting colors.


We feature this photo because of the fantastic way it shows some simple experimentation. Sometimes just letting go of the technical preparation for a photo yields some of the best results.

Attila can be found on Flickr and his personal blog.


Scott Speck: the ƒ/D Interview

While I’ve been photographing for over 20 years now, I’ve only been using pinhole cameras for the last 7 or 8 years. I still remember the images that inspired me to pick up the pinhole camera and give it a try – many of those images were produced by Scott Speck.

Naturally, when I started this blog and started considering the idea of interviewing other photographers, the first photographer that came to mind was Scott. If you’ve been paying attention to pinhole photography for much time at all, you’ve likely seen his work before.

Scott Speck has been making pinhole photographs since 2006, but his photographic experience goes back further than that. He has a reputation for using angles and perspective in conjunction with precise lighting to produce dramatic images of spaces and people.

I caught up with Scott over email and got the chance to ask him about where his vision has been and where it’s going.

You’ve been focused on pinhole photography since 2006, but looking at your earliest flickr photos there’s a fair amount of lens work in there too. What led to your transition to pinhole as your primary medium?
I bought a Zero Image 2000 6x6cm pinhole camera, and my wife and I experimented with it at an old, abandoned industrial site. The pinhole’s limitless depth of field, revealed on the black/white negatives, instantly captivated me. Further experimentation, including with the Zero Image 4×5 camera, with its ultrawide field of view, completely sold me on pinhole photography. [The Zero Image 4×5] became my camera of choice, especially considering the choice of three focal lengths, as well as both pinhole and zone plate options, with a single camera.

[singlepic id=34]The Archives, ©Scott Speck 2015[/singlepic]


Many of your most iconic images tend to apply pinhole’s unique ability to stretch a perspective to massive buildings and spaces such as cathedrals. Did you go looking for a medium that could fulfill your vision with these structures? Or was it a vision that you realized once you understood pinhole?
That’s a very good question… The answer is — I discovered my love of ultrawide photography through the Zero Image 4×5 camera. Since that time, I’ve used other ultrawide pinhole cameras, as well as an ultrawide lens on my dslr (which is not nearly as wide as the Zero 4×5).

[singlepic id=33]St. Nicholas Cathedral, ©Scott Speck 2015[/singlepic]


You’ve shown your work at exhibitions. How do your viewers tend to react when they understand that the image they’re looking at was made with a tiny tiny hole?
People are always amazed at what can be done with a such a simple camera! However, nowadays I try to let my photos “stand on their own”, since I don’t want my photos to be appreciated “just because they’re pinhole”. I want to create dramatic and meaningful photographs, with the pinhole medium merely being my means of achieving that goal. At the same time, I describe pinhole cameras and techniques to people, as a way to show them why I work in this medium, and of its unique capability and simplicity of use.

[singlepic id=32]Sky Light, ©Scott Speck 2015[/singlepic]


I’ve often found that when out shooting with a pinhole camera, I get a lot of questions and interactions from passersby. I doubt this experience is unique to me. Any noteworthy anecdotes? 
A lot of people are curious, many of whom recognize that I’m shooting with a pinhole camera. I meet many people who have done large format film photography and share some of their own experiences with me. One unique experience was when I was shooting in Madrid, Spain, and a fellow came up to me and instantly fell in love with the Zero 2000 camera. He said he had just gone through a terrible divorce, and he was going to buy a Zero 2000 to create something and renew his enjoyment of life.

[singlepic id=35]The Mad Scientist…, ©Scott Speck 2015[/singlepic]


Your day job is as a modeling and simulation engineer at Johns Hopkins, and you’ve contributed to the Hubble and Webb space telescopes. One would guess that this experience helps shape the precision by which you shoot. How would you characterize the way your career has influenced your photography?
I think the precision and “math” that I use in doing my photography is enhanced by my scientific work. However, my love of beautiful imagery goes much farther back, to when I was very young and, using binoculars and telescopes, loved to view nature, as well as a massive steel/iron works just across the river from my house. I would sit for hours and immerse myself in scenes of brilliant gold finches roosting in a blossoming cherry tree, or of streams of molten iron being cast from inside a row of massive blast furnaces. I immediately felt the power of viewing and “capturing” images. I feel that I do well at my professional career, in part, because of my photography, and vice versa.

[singlepic id=29]B-47 Stratojet Engine, ©Scott Speck 2015[/singlepic]


Another aspect of your photography is the amount of portraiture you do. What challenges do you face in pinhole portraiture?
Pinhole portraiture is a challenge because of my desire to create a clear image of my subject, particular with indoor lighting. One problem this presents is the use of distractingly bright lighting, as well as the restrictions on subject position and facial expression.

[singlepic id=30]Dan the Man, ©Scott Speck 2015[/singlepic]


What do you find to be the most exciting direction in pinhole photography today?
The sheer number of techniques and camera types blow me away. The imagination of people enables new ways of recording images through the pinhole, including blending cameras, anamorphic cameras, and many others. I think it’s that huge diversity of techniques, all of which result in stunning imagery, that excites me the most.

[singlepic id=28]At the Helm, ©Scott Speck 2015[/singlepic]


What do you find yourself exploring most with your camera these days?
These days, I feel myself drawn to smaller scenes, and to intimate details and fields of view that impart a strong sense of atmosphere and mood. Examples would be wet autumn leaves in a puddle during a heavy rain, or the colorful gravel and sand on a beach rendered with stunning clarity, while the clouds and horizon are also in focus. I think I’m coming back more to where I started with the pinhole — a sense of tactile realness — a different way to view the world.

[singlepic id=31]Forest On a Rainy Day, ©Scott Speck 2015[/singlepic]


Many thanks to Scott for providing well rounded answers to our probing questions! You can learn more about Scott at his website and see more of his images on his Flickr page. I’d also recommend checking out his contributions to The Next Best Thing Pinhole Project.


Get Inspired – Movements 7 – arriving at the airport

Movement comes to the forefront in today’s featured pinhole photo.

Movements 7 – arriving at the airport
[singlepic id=21]Movements 7 – arriving at the airport, P-sharan pinhole camera, Fuji Provia 400, ©Martin Martinsson 2015[/singlepic]

Martin is a passionate amateur photographer and never leaves his home in Malmö, Sweden without his trusty P-sharan paper pinhole camera, usually loaded with slide film. He got hooked on pinholing a few years ago when a friend lent him a paper camera, lured in by the dreamy quality of the photos.

We chose to highlight this photo because of the unique way that movement is highlighted. It’s always fun to have movement in a pinhole photo, and sometimes even more fun when it’s the camera that’s on the move!

You can find more of Martin’s work on Flickr, lomography, and Tumblr.


Get Inspired – Lights

Today’s photo gets abstract!

[singlepic id=18]Lights, Sharan pinhole camera, Kodak Ektar 100, ©Ingrid Budge 2015[/singlepic]

We’ve featured some of Ingrid’s work before, and here we’ve got to do it again – and there may be an Artist Feature recognizing her work soon. Her images drip with mood.

This photo was chosen for today’s feature because it shows how magical the results can be if you leave the tripod at home. By going handheld, Ingrid’s pinhole images bring the emotional to the very forefront of the photo.

Ingrid can be found on Flickr and Facebook.


Get Inspired – Sunrise on Biloxi Bay

Today’s pinhole inspiration is provided by Eddie Erdmann’s amazing capture of a spectacular sunrise on Biloxi Bay.

Sunrise on Biloxi Bay
[singlepic id=3]Sunrise on Biloxi Bay, Reality So Subtle 6×17 pinhole camera, Fuji Velvia 50, ©Eddie Erdmann[/singlepic]

For this image, Eddie used his Reality So Subtle 6×17 camera with Fuji Velvia film. Eddie captured this stunning scene while standing at the top of the Biloxi Bay Bridge, which connects Ocean Springs and Biloxi, Mississippi.

We chose Eddie’s image for this piece of inspiration because it is a fantastic example of the unique movement and color that can be captured with a pinhole camera. The subject matter also plays perfectly into his choice of an ultra-wide format camera.

Eddie can be found on Twitter, Flickr, and his website.