I posted recently about our trip to parts of the Murray River, and my experiences with the Industar lens I’d packed by mistake. It turns out that I made another mistake that day, but I’ll get to that in a little bit.

Along with the Industar lens, I also packed my little Olympus digital Pen and had mounted on it my plastic Pinhole lens from Pinwide. Here’s what it looks like:

pinwide pinhole lens on olympus e-pm1

Pinwide Pinhole lens

The great thing about digital cameras is that they really encourage experimentation with techniques like pinhole photography because the results are instant. It’s easy enough to poke a hole in a body cap and make a pinhole, but I liked the look of the Pinwide version, partly because it allows a whopping 11mm ultra-wide field of view at an aperture of approximately f128 ! This means that just about everything in front of the hole is going to be in focus. I would normally say “sharp focus”, but nothing is sharp when using a pinhole!

Here are a few photos from the Murray trip:

Pinwide Pinhole - The Lion

Pinwide Pinhole – The Lion

I mentioned making another mistake earlier. As well as packing the wrong Industar lens, it turns out that I’d also forgotten to blow the dust off of my Olympus digital sensor. Normally it wouldn’t matter too much, but when using a pinhole with such an incredibly deep depth of field, all of the dust spots show ! You can see a few black blobs in the photo above if you look to either side of the lion’s head.

Deep depth of field - pinhole camera experiments

Deep depth of field – pinhole camera experiments on digital

In the above photo of some glasses filled with soft drink, you can see how close they are to the pinhole opening. At such a narrow aperture, they are as sharply in focus as they’ll ever be without glass in front of the sensor. The images are always going to be soft and dreamy when using a pinhole since it’s the raw light hitting he digital sensor without being guided by multiple glass lenses.

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