To mix things up, I wanted to try using my Lomography Diana F+ inÂ pinhole mode. I had never made aÂ pinhole imageÂ before and I thought it would be a break from theÂ formal images I’ve been working on for a semester-long project. (Some are posted on myÂ Instagram.)
I shoot much more casually with my toy camera because the results are so unpredictable. It allows me to stop thinking andÂ make images just for myself.
Plus, it’s really easy. The DianaÂ 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 servedÂ my purpose.
I used a tripod for all of my images. To avoid camera shake, I covered up the pinhole with my left hand thenÂ 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.
I developed the roll of film by handÂ andÂ I was surprised at how well my images were exposed. TheyÂ all had the soft, dreamy feel I wanted which was enhanced by the nostalgic feel of black and white film.