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Pinhole Lens


I am an amateur photographer based in England. My main interests are photographing the English countryside, gardens and flowers. But, for various reasons, not the least the pandemic, I now photograph mainly flowers.
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Pinhole Lens

24 Aug 2016 10:58AM   Views : 482 Unique : 343

I have splashed the cash (16.99 to be precise) and bought a Holga pinhole lens for my Olympus EM5 mk2. Here are a few of my first efforts.

Black and white seems right for a pinhole image, though I have a couple of coloured ones below. I love the feel of these images, especially the vignetting in this one.

Another one, this time taken in my favourite stomping ground - Milton Country Park.

The country park again, this time a tree lined path leading to a bridge.

And a couple of coloured ones to finish:

and this one of the garden:

I love the suppression of detail in this one. I don't know if you have ever noticed, but a lot of gardens look better from a distance. When you get close up, you can see all the weeds, the dead heads, flowers past their best, broken stems etc. To take of a photograph though, you need to get close, and the resulting image is unforgiving in all the not so pleasant details it shows. Using the pinhole, I have retained the colours, but lost some unwanted detail.

Overall, I am happy with these first attempts and will certainly be taking some more. At the moment I am not sure about what and how much processing to do on the raw images and finding the right balance between the low resolution and low contrast with its dreamy (for want of a better word) feel, and something a little more definite. I also have a long way to go in getting the colours right.


SlowSong Avatar
SlowSong Plus
15 11.1k 30 England
24 Aug 2016 8:35PM
A real blast from the past. I love this retro look. Did you need an adapter to use the lens?
EddieAC Avatar
EddieAC 18 3.8k 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2016 8:01PM
Holga make these for specific camera brands so the lens will probably have the proper mount.

I had thought about buying one myself a while ago but I have bought a spare body cap and will try the DIY pinhole method first when I get time. Smile
Fenfotos Avatar
Fenfotos 7 36 3 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2016 7:06PM
That's right, the lens are specific for the camera. No adaptor needed.

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