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    Pinhole Power Plant

    There's a now-decommissioned coal-fired power plant not far from me that I often think about photographing. I mostly just think about, especially when it comes to pinhole. Since most of my pinhole cameras are wide-angle, it's hard to get an image where the power plant is much larger than a speck (given the contours of the river, I cannot get super-close). Recently, though, I hit on the idea of trying my longest pinhole camera -- a Lensless Camera Company 225mm -- with an old Graflex 6x7 back. That's about as long as I can get in pinhole.

    Here are some results from the first roll. As expected with telephoto pinhole, sharpness is far from ideal (it was also a misty morning), but the plant is nicely framed. I used Kodak BW400CN 220 film. Exposures were around a minute.

    This first image is my current favorite:


    But you can see an assortment of them in this compilation, along with different toning possibilities:

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    All very worthy, Dave. Good result.

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    500+ Posts Isis's Avatar
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    All worth while images but your choice is a good one.
    Regards Shane
    - Suggestions on how to improve image always welcome

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    500+ Posts Ned.Lewis's Avatar
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    Mine are mostly wide angle too, and I think every pinhole camera that started with a "normal" view eventually was converted to wide angle. It can be limiting.

    I have an unusual preference of balance in these sorts of photographs; I don't mind big empty skies because to me it feels like it puts things into perspective and in "place" if that makes sense. I actually have a fairly strong preference and like the one in the lower right corner the best... partly because of this perspective balance, but also because the receding three ridge lines are clearly visible with increasing haze... I like that added "depth" even at the expense of having any foreground at all!

    Well done!
    Some photos: Ipernity
    ( pinholes and solargraphs mixed in among the rest)

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    Nice shot, I like the hazy atmosphere.
    The world is not black and white. It often looks good in grayscale, though.

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    I enjoy the range on tones you've achieved here, it's cool seeing them as a matrix as well...

    the one with the strong foreground really appeal to my eye... keep exploring....
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    Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard
    on a hot night or something said long ago.
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