Spring Break Pinhole

Well this was a fun trip and exercise of developing color negative film.

When you live in a rainy state, I always appreciate the sunny getaways when I can. For Spring break this year, my family spent a few warm and sunny days in SoCal.

Self Portrait Processed with VSCO

I brought some film and my little Diana F+ however, I really never got the hang of using it, because of the way the film winds and sometimes I’m impatient with myself without really knowing that I am. I really need to find patience with myself.

Anyway, this was my second attempt at developing color negative film. I photographed using 120 Cinestill film (which I love by the way) I used Arista C-41 developer.

In using my little fun plastic camera, I did some fun pinhole at Balboa Pier and one of my favorite places to get centered which is in San Juan Capistrano.

I think I worked out the kinks with my Diana F+ and can’t wait to do more. As a bonus while with my family in Laguna Beach, I didn’t know I was in the presence of Austin Keene and friends. They sure do make skim surfing easy!


After a long rainy season, there was a break in this gloomy month of January with a little warmth from the sun.

I’ve been M.I.A. in my photographing in the new year, due to a few life changes. Who knew menopause plus a job loss would rock my world. I’m still suffering through anxiety, depression and figuring out where I fit in in this big old world, but I continue to find holistic relief where I can. One of treatments being pinhole. This slowed down process lets me find joy again and reflect what my goals are for the future as an artist while possibly leaving a career with no growth behind me in the rear view mirror.

I want this second stage of my life to be better than the first.

5 minute exposure

I would say most people resonate emotion with art. Why is that? We go through these changes and try to make sense of these fragmented times in our lives.

Taking my pinhole camera out about for a walk on Cottage Lake, loaded with three sheets of film. I wanted to see what I could capture in this beautiful breezy moment. For me it’s cathartic.

6 minute exposure

Here is to healing days ahead with the help of a good clean diet, exercise, some film, developer and fixer.


Ah pinhole.

What an awesome phenomenon of the camera obscura. I must admit I have been intimidated by the process and I am not sure why that is. Maybe its the exposure timing or maybe the developing process. Either way, I’m glad I did this patient process.

I made some notes for the lighting conditions, time of day and exposure times. So the next time I experiment, I hope to get a more clear picture.

5 minute exposure film

I was over ambitious with attempting to try and do pinhole astrophotography. Although I didn’t get the results I wanted, (which I’m not even sure what that was). I set up for an 6 hour exposure and come to find out I didn’t have enough developer so I got this funky bubble art.

6 hour exposure

Overall, I am so happy with the images. I find pinhole to be of a beautiful haunting result of an art that gives a powerful feeling and longing.