8×10 large format Pinhole

This is my fourth sheet of 8×10 b&w film taken with my 8×10 large format pinhole camera. A tricky shot due to the very wide dynamic range of the scene.

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(8×10 large format pinhole camera, Ilford FP4, 240 seconds exposure)

The thing with Ilford FP4 and pinhole cameras, is that it requires very long exposures due its reciprocity failure characteristics. I only wish Fuji Acros 100 was produced in 8×10 size. At least, my calculations seem to work pretty good in getting a fairly accurate exposure (you really don’t want to blow up a 8×10 sheet of film, its pretty expensive).

I have loaded my first sheet of Fuji Provia 100F in my pinhole and I am visiting a wonderful location during the weekend to shoot this sheet. Even with the low image quality of a pinhole camera, I can’t wait to see how a 8×10 slide transparency looks on the lightbox !!

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5 Responses to 8×10 large format Pinhole

  1. Urban Hafner says:

    That is a beautiful shot Konstantios. And as it so happens I bought the same camera (8×10, 100mm f/400 from Gezim Fisheku) for WPPD. I shot some paper negatives for WPPD with it that didn’t turn out so well. It’s probably due to the fact that paper doesn’t have the same latitude as film and I guess I messed up the metering, too.

    One thing that I noticed with your shots though, is that you have much less vignetting than me. Obviously my images are totally messed up so I thought I’d ask: How much vignetting do you get with the camera? According to Mr. Pinhole a 100mm focal length isn’t enough to cover an 8×10 sheet, but you don’t seem to have much of a problem. Or are you just cropping like hell? 😉

    • kbesios says:

      The camera is indeed very good, I am very happy with it. Shooting on paper negative of course is more difficult. About vignetting, there is of course some but generally I am quite pleased with the results I get. All my 8×10 images are as they were scanned, no crop.

      • Urban Hafner says:

        That’s good to know. So if I don’t manage to get decent results with paper negatives it’s just my fault and I can switch to proper film.

        • kbesios says:

          I haven’t shot and paper negatives so I really don’t know how they behave with the pinhole. Film is always more predictable. I am shooting some 8×10 Provia this weekend, now this is something I really can’t wait to see on the lightbox.

          And one more thing about vignetting, I think its relevant to the kind of scenery you are shooting, so it may show more or less depending on the subject (its always there, but in some cases it may produce a desirable effect).

          • Urban Hafner says:

            Yeah, starting with paper negatives was probably not a good idea. I didn’t research it properly and had forgotten that paper has a much lower dynamic range than film. Worse that digital, I think. But I can scan it with my lowly CanonScan 8800F without a problem.

            Maybe I’ll switch to film and do contact prints instead. But first I’ll do my research on paper negatives (I can see a blog post about it in my future) and wait for your slides! 8×10 Provia must be awesome!

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