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Need your help (2) – Pinhole Photography

One of my photographic projects this year is pinhole photography. Last year, I saw some ethereal pinhole photos from 2 artists in a local galley in Calgary, Alberta. I was so impressed by the photos and I felt “I’ve got to try”. At first I was thinking of D.I.Y to with body cap, but I found Skink pinhole set. I end up ordering one online. At first, I thought pinhole is magic tool to turen every subjects look artistic photos, but actually it is quite fussy about its food. I learned I have to feed what it likes, otherwise the returns are just blur soft images. Especially, pinhole seems to like a lot of light. Take a look the image bellow.

I shot this image with the skink after I shot the same scene with a regular wide angle lens. To me, this is not particularly remarkable image.

I went Bow lake in Banff national park, Alberta 2 weeks ago. I was not feeling taking picture of the lake. I was just walking around. Then I found the flower bed. One advantage of pinhole over regular lens is there is no close range limitation. I can get as close to a subject as I want. So the flower bed is quite good subject. The skink pinhole set is coming with 3 different types of holes, a regular pinhole (f/122), zone sheave (f/71) and zone plate (f/46). Their focal length are equivalent to 24mm. The pinhole takes actually sharp and somewhat contrasty images, on the other hand the images taken by zone plate are really really soft. The zone sheave is somewhere between the pinhole and the ZP.

I tried all of them for the same setting. Please pick your favorite and leave your opinion. I am getting towards one but still I cannot decide. I need your help again.

href=”http://500px.com/photo/1268088″>Bow lake - Dandelion bed 1, Pinhole by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Bow lake – Dandelion bed 1, Pinhole by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Bow lake - Dandelion bed 2, Zone Plate  by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Bow lake – Dandelion bed 2, Zone Plate by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Bow lake - Dandelion bed 3, Zone Sheave  by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Bow lake – Dandelion bed 3, Zone Sheave by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Lastly, I would like to introduce the photographer, Paul Stack. I met him at Lake Louise and both of us were having range finder cameras on neck. This kind of the encounter never happens for Canon users, I guess. Anyway, please check out his fabulous pinhole photos here, and also currently, his photos are being exhibited at Mount Royal University.

Consideration of differences b/w paintings and photography – influenced by Katie Selbee’s gallery show

This weekend, Calgary area is pretty beautiful and I usually go to mountains or prairie on weekends, but I stayed in Calgary this time because I wanted to go to opening gala for the new show at the Resolution Local Art Gallery in Calgary, Alberta. This time is breath-taking drawings by Katie Selbee.

Her drawings are deep, powerful, but delicate…. I do not know how to describe about her art. They have strongly introvert feeling and you cannot believe they are created by the  early twenties, young lady. They are also intellectual approached works. I’ve got long-lasting impact from her work, and I have been thinking if what I am doing, so-called art, has (will have) such influences to the people.  

We, human being are obtained a privilege to have artistic mind, and people pick up tools for the creative activities. Some people choose pens and canvas, some pick guitar. For other people, video cameras are choices and in my case, it is photography at this point. As a characteristic of the photography, photographers need to borrow  images from external environments, and we make efforts to express some sort of feeling with the images. Hopefully, the image will communicate with audiences and evoke similar emotions. Sometimes audiences can see personality or background of the photographers. That is truly successful image. But cameras are not ideal tools to express pure, naked and honest emotions from inside of artists themselves. I imagine it must be challenging process for painting artists to create painting from a scratch without any blue prints. But its freedom is something photographers can never buy. And the art form communicate with audiences more directly and effectively. Sometimes they make us uncomfortable because they stick deep inside of myself. 

Some of photographer may disagree with my findings…how everybody think? I would like to hear more opinions

Back to Katie’s art, I appreciate that she shares her psychological and philosophical  journey with us. I imagine her creation process must be not only fun but also difficult for some part.