April 2021

This month we have been discussing :

Pinhole Snowdrops by Ali Millar

Pinhole Day 2021 (Snowdrops by Ali Millar)

UV lamps for Cyanotypes and other alternative processes.

Possible dates for the next Collodion Club at Darkbox Images when restrictions permit.

Tilt Shift attachments for 35mm (just in case your View Camera isn’t handy!) and other lens adaptors.

Adapting modern film to 127 cameras.

Historical processes – Lithophane and Woodbury type – and modern practitioners.

Radioactive lenses.

How to get the most out of Hahnemuehle Platinum Rag.

Lunchtime talk Tokens of Affection online via the John Rylands Research Institute and Library.

And HOW MUCH?!?

Our next online meetings are Tuesday May 11th from 6:30pm and Wedneday May 26th from 10:30am. Send us an email or DM on Social Media to get added to our virtual world.

Pinhole Challenge 2021

Thanks to everyone who entered! The judges have picked the winner…

Congratulations to Graeme Lyall who will have a photo materials voucher winging it’s way to him very soon.

“Third Time Lucky”, Circular paper in DIY cylindrical biscuit box camera, D23 developer, by Graeme Lyall

“The street scene most captures the pinhole aesthetic and Scottish lockdown atmosphere.”

The Pentland Judging Committee

Honourable mention to Elaine Robson.

“Flower Fragments”, 35mm DIY pin sieve by Elaine Robson

” An insect eye view of spring.”

The Pentland Judging Committee

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2021

Our second pinhole day with Covid restrictions!

Members Competition 2021.
Entries by midnight 24th April. Anonymous independent judging, prize £50 photo materials voucher. Any pinhole process (sieve, zone plate, solargraph, camera obscura photo etc.) made between January 2021 and 24th April. Submit one entry per person by email. (Digital file 1800px max side preferred ). Winner announced on pinhole day. In the event that any of the organisers photos are selected – the prize will go to runner up.

On Sunday the 25th we will celebrate the simplicity of camera vision with a hybrid day of virtual chats and a socially distant photowalks. Join in online, outdoors or go your own way!

10am Coffee Chat – online.

11am Socially Safe Sakura Search – outdoor photowalk in the Meadows, Bruntsfield.

6pm Wrap Up – online. Competition winners will be announced.

Submit any pinhole photos taken on the 25th to the Edinburgh Lofi gallery group by June 30th 2021.

A Fish Eye’s View

John Beaver

Department of Physics and Astronomy, UWO Fox Cities.

UW Oshkosh Dean’s Symposium 8 October 2020.

A presentation exploring the physics and art of seeing the world with a fish eye’s view.

Recording of the presentation https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/9353a56c85bb48858f06db6c9b249c84

Download a copy of the slides (PDF 149Mb) https://www.dropbox.com/s/gfhm3rufu2www8a/fisheye.pdf

And that album cover

Pinhole Day Challenge – Still Life

Many thanks to everyone who sent work in.

The winner is Graeme Pow! Some book tokens for Beyond Words are winging their way to you.

Beeblebear by G.Pow

…reminds me of Lovecraft-ian horror, juxtaposed with childhood innocence… well composed and lit.

The Judge

Honourable mention to Ali Millar .

By Ali Millar, 2020

A portal to another world – a sharp and exciting projection.

The Judge

Pinhole Day 2020

We can all measure this day as a win already – because it is NOT SNOWING! (In Edinburgh at least.)

Here is a roundup of some of the challenges we have discussed over the last few meetings – take part in any or all today –

– Make a pinhole photo by any methods possible – for those without access to chemicals LoFi relaxes the rules, for one day only, to use digital.

– Virtual photo walk – make a pinhole photo and a take regular snap of your new favourite lockdown place to have a walk. Send in the photos and the GPS co-ordinates (or address) and we will put them on a virtual map for people to take an armchair wander. [ …and after the lock down rules are relaxed visit these spots in person.]

– process and develop at home – try some DIY developer. There are many recipes for Caffenol out there but if possible try beer-ol – recipe below (https://www.caffenol.org/)

  • 500ml Corona Extra
  • 50g soda crystals
  • 12g Vitamin C

– Most inventive pinhole still life ( there will be a prize – SC will judge ) Deadline for submissions 3rd May.

– Turn a room into a Camera Obscura

– The Cannister Club theme this month is “Home”

Don’t forget to email your images in to be included in the online exhibition and to submit work to our gallery group on pinholeday.org. Work must be submitted to them by 31st May to be included in the 2020 on-line exhibition. (Select Edinburgh LoFi in the gallery group option.)

Coffee on Skype at 10:30 today, and then a catch-up for afternoon tea at 4.30pm.

Next regular meeting this Wednesday morning from 10:30 and the first week of May will be the “Instant” on-line exhibition.

Coronagram workshop – possible date this Wednesday 29th – TBC Early evening.

Let There Be Light – Day 17

Day 17 – Back in 2011/12 when LoFi was just getting started we did a group project called Time Place Light based in Dunbar using various lens-less photographic techniques including pinhole and solargraphs. The results can still be seen on the project blog.

THE GALLERY IS OPEN (Click to enter)

 J Rowan
Time Place Light – pinhole paper negative – J Rowan

Let There Be Light – Day 12

Day 12 and Dan Clipsom records the seasonal change On a smallholding, near York

The slow, methodical, procedural nature of pinhole photography as an art, mirrors the process and cycles inherent in the production of food crops and other productive flora.

D Clipsom

THE GALLERY IS OPEN (Click to enter)

Creation by D.Clipsom