Dreamy Rural Iowa Diana Pinholes

To mix things up, I wanted to try using my Lomography Diana F+ in pinhole mode. I had never made a pinhole image before and I thought it would be a break from the formal images I’ve been working on for a semester-long project. (Some are posted on my Instagram.)

I shoot much more casually with my toy camera because the results are so unpredictable. It allows me to stop thinking and make images just for myself.

Plus, it’s really easy. The Diana can instantly be converted into a pinhole by removing the lens, then switching the shutter to bulb mode and the aperture to pinhole mode, f/150.

The exposure times for 400 speed film were listed right in the Diana manual, so I chose Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film to keep things simple. Of course, I could have done the math and then factored in reciprocity failure instead but Lomography’s approximate times served my purpose.


I used a tripod for all of my images. To avoid camera shake, I covered up the pinhole with my left hand then depressed the shutter and inserted the plastic piece that holds it down with my right hand, based on a suggestion from this Flickr forum. I uncovered the pinhole to expose the film and when I wanted to stop my exposure, I covered the pinhole with a finger again before letting the shutter back up.

Diana F+, Ilford HP5 Plus 400 (3 seconds)

I developed the roll of film by hand and I was surprised at how well my images were exposed. They all had the soft, dreamy feel I wanted which was enhanced by the nostalgic feel of black and white film.

Diana F+, Ilford HP5 Plus 400 (3 seconds)
Diana F+, Ilford HP5 Plus 400 (15 seconds)
Diana F+, Ilford HP5 Plus 400 (4 seconds)
Diana F+, Ilford HP5 Plus 400 (10 minutes)

3 thoughts on “Dreamy Rural Iowa Diana Pinholes

  1. Thank you! I’m sure you can. Occasionally I wish I’d researched Holga more before I impulsively decided on buying the Diana. Regardless, I’ve had fun with it.

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