A Pin and a Cloudy Day

SuburbanHellNo2, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Today is worldwide pinhole photography day. For those of you who don’t know, today is the day lots of photographer go out (or stay in, as the case may be) and take images made with pinhole cameras.

I almost didn’t participate this year. I had to go grocery shopping, and do a bunch of stuff. But the clouds, oh, the clouds today were wonderful. Perhaps the best days for taking pictures in a long time-we’ve had these wonderful overcast clouds with wind, but no rain (or, you know, not much rain.) We haven’t had clouds this good, that lasted all day like this, in a long time. Oh, those clouds.

So, the clouds were calling me. What was I to do? Ignore all the work I have stacked up and go out shooting anyway? Just pretend it wasn’t good shooting weather and do the work I was supposed to be doing? A little of both? Maybe some of neither?

I decided that work could wait. The mountain of stuff I’ve gotta do can just sit there another day. It’s waited up until now, what’s another day, right? But, those clouds? Those clouds might not be there tomorrow.

So, I got my pinhole body cap, my tripod, my doggie, and I went into the yard to do some shooting. I didn’t go far, or get anything you would not expect. Still, it felt good to see those clouds, to capture them on film (or, you know, actually a digital sensor, as my case may be.) They really were wonderful clouds.

I’ve uploaded about 5 pinhole shots today. Some of it’s actually kind of interesting stuff. Sometimes, it’s the stuff we do at home, when we’re not really thinking that tells a lot. It’s the stuff we do when we’re in our flip-flops, playing with our dogs, enjoying a beer that’s really the closest to our artistic vision. But that, that analysis shall be left for another day.

Today was just all about clouds. Lots and lots of clouds….

Until next time…



  1. mythopolis
    April 27, 2009 / 10:43 am

    Please say more about how this is technically done. I have never tried it. I take it you make a little hole in the lens cap…but how do you know how long to expose? And how big -or little- should the hole be?

  2. Carol
    April 28, 2009 / 8:06 pm

    @Mythos, I’ve had so many questions, I’ve decided to do a few posts on the subject. Check back here for some tips and pointers in the coming days.

    And, thanks for stopping by!

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