Pinhole action photography

Having recently bought a large format pinhole camera, the Ilford Obscura, I thought I’d put it to sensible use last weekend.  Some more conventional landscape-type pinhole images will appear here shortly, but it seemed to me that a pinhole camera was ideal for a sports-action shoot… such as the Balfron 10k Run that took place in my village last weekend, with the start occurring at the high school along the road.  After all, surely the point of sports photography is to convey action, and what conveys action better than a bit of blur?  So an 8 second pinhole exposure on 4×5 sheet film at the start of a race seemed like a sensible option…

Balfron 10k run, Ilford Obscura, Ilford Delta 100 film

Balfron 10k run, Ilford Obscura, Ilford Delta 100 film

The Ilford Obscura (photographed using my mobile)

The Ilford Obscura (photographed using my mobile)

So maybe 8 seconds was a little bit too long – the runners are barely visible!

There was some bemusement about my camera, I must say: a grey rectangular box on a tripod, and me just guessing the exposure…

 

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