Getting up, looking out of the window, I saw this bleak, misty and rainy weather hitting my eyes. Wow what a great day …
But than I decided to make some images nevertheless or even therefore.
Once I decided to do it I got an idea in my mind, which I wanted to explore some time ago.
Everything was blurry, everyone was mystery and everything was gray.
Once in a misty rainy day.
I had this phrases in my mind when I walked along the shore of Hoan Kiem Lake. And now I was here to create something special, may be a little bit mysterious.
Well, here it is, what I've wanted to try for a long time - Pinhole Photography with my digital DSLR. I got the Lensbaby composer with the Pinhole / Zone Plate Optic and below you’ll find what I got at f 177.
If you have ever tried Pinhole Photography you know that you are just using a box with a hole and a medium to capture the light. I tried it once before stamping an incredibly small hole in a piece of metal, and putting it in front of my camera just with a self made device. But the point is to have a really well punched hole to do this. The Lensbaby device is just great for this stuff. With this kind of photography it is possible to produce dreamy, old-fashioned looking images, with very long exposures, massive depth of field, and a unique soft look.
Composing is a real problem as even on a bright day you nearly see nothing. You can change the focus plane from pinhole - f 177 to zone plate in the front which gives you f 19. And for sure you have to use a tripod.
The image at Hoan Kiem Lake at f177, 20 sec gave me this dreamy look I was looking for and I forgot all about mist, drizzling rain and grey sky.