Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Steve" in his habitat..San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area, southeastern Arizona

Diana multi-pinhole camera (using one pinhole for this image), 6-second exposure, Ilford Delta ISO 100, developed in homemade Caffenol C, negative backlit on a lightbox and photographed with DSLR camera, inverted in Photoshop

Here's a "head to toe" portrait of "Steve", a 150+-year-old cottonwood tree along the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona.

I am surprised at the wide angle of this Diana pinhole camera! I was about 50 feet away from the trunk, and actually fit all of Steve in the frame. I guess the focal length is longer in the Diana than it is in my comparatively similar Holga pinhole camera.

Another trend that I have noticed is a softer focus. I think it may be the aperture, but perhaps it could be camera motion. It was a windy day- and you can see Steve's mighty branches moving in the wind here.

The Fam gave me a Diana multi-pinhole camera and a very creative 120 film bouquet for Mother's Day this year. It was a complete whim on their part, and complete surprise to me. What fun it's been!

So where do we go to try it out that afternoon? Well, to go see Steve, of course! ("Steve" is the gentle giant cottonwood tree)

image made: May 8, 2011, San Pedro Riparian area, between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, Az.

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