Suburban Pinhole

BackFences_3139, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

You might have heard that today I had a new project to complete. Let me tell you how it went.

For starters, it’s hot in River City. Very hot. Like 104 in the shade kind of hot. I had plans for my project too. I was going to get up early and head over to the Hill Country Water Gardens, in an attempt at getting some lovely floral shots early in the morning, you know, before the heat set it.

You know what they say about the best laid plans?

Laid. Yup. That’s what I did. In bed. Until about 10 or so. By then, then a/c had already kicked in and it was starting to get sweltering outside. Even in spite of the heat, I made it over to the water gardens for a little bit. I shot some flowers, some fish, some plants, and it started to get really hot. I had to sit down several times. (For future reference, if you sit inside their giant tiki hut, there’s really a nice breeze, even when it is about 106 outside.)

On the way over there, I noticed something. My camera, the back of it anyway, it not right. My new Canon 7D has a problem with the back. The glass plate on the back is sagging and all crooked. It looks like it’s broken. So now my Canon 7D has a focusing issue, which I was willing to just go ahead and deal with, but also the LCD preview panel is falling off and crooked. Great. Wonderful shoddy workmanship from Canon yet again. Time to get that fixed.

After all this fun and games, I decided to do what any light inspired warrior would do. I came home and took a nap.

I woke up and it was about 6 o’clock or so, maybe later. The sun had started to break a little bit so I decided I would put my pinhole lens on my other camera (the Canon T2i) and take that out, maybe for a short walk. It took me about 20 minutes (or more) to get the damn lens on (For future reference #2, the Lensbaby interchangeable lens optics systems? Yeah, not so “interchangeable.” They are a b!tch to get on and off and they just don’t work right. Takes about 20 minutes to change one. Euf. Me no like.) Finally got the pinhole lens on the pinhole camera, had the old little camera out, grabbed an SD card and took off.

The light was brilliant, the heat had broken, and I was inspired. I really feel in love with the pin-holey goodness. I could not believe what I was seeing. I was so inspired, I started a new series. It’s going to be called “Suburban Pinhole.” Now, I know I get all excited about doing new work, and it usually fades pretty quickly, but I really *like* this stuff (this time. I think.) Seriously. It’s different, it’s me, it’s not what you’d expect but it’s right on target. It’s just so *right* and it felt so *good* to get it out of my system.

Finally! Some new work. Heat be damned, I did something today. Yay! Go me!

Ok, enough self praise. Time to get back to work. There’s a lot of paperwork and uploading to do, not to mention I need a big drink of iced tea and Chase needs some playtime. But, you know, for the curious, look for “Suburban Pinhole” working coming soon. This is, in fact, a sample of it. Yeah, I know it’s different, but what would you expect?

Until next time…



  1. Lindi
    June 20, 2011 / 2:02 pm

    I for one am glad you got that nap in. It's freaking hot out there! I hope you stay cool.

  2. Carol
    June 20, 2011 / 2:20 pm

    Thanks, Lindi!

    You would think that, after a nice long nap, I'd be able to focus a camera.


    Must….not….focus…must….not…use autofocus…. (it's like a cult, I guess and no amount of sleep appears to help :~)

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