Category Archives: Toy Cameras

Holga, Diana, Pinhole

A quiet pinhole photo and the egrets of Bolinas

Quiet -- by Joe Reifer

Quiet -- by Joe Reifer

Worldwide Pinhole Day was Sunday, April 24th. Images taken between April 23-May 1 are eligible for the 2011 online exhibition. This non-commercial event has no entrance fee, isn’t a competition, and you keep copyright. The image above was taken with a Zero Image 69 medium format pinhole camera. This beautiful little wood camera shoots 645, 6×6, 6×7, or 6×9. The pinhole is f/235, which requires about an 8 second exposure in bright sunlight with ISO 400 negative film. The image above was exposed for 16 seconds with Kodak Portra 400VC.

The sign is next to the viewing platform at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Martin Griffin Preserve (formerly Bolinas Lagoon Reserve). There are 62 egret nests visible from the viewing platform, and volunteers have spotting scopes available. When the birds stand up, you can see the beautiful pale blue eggs. The chicks will be born in mid-May. Bring a long lens if you’d like to photograph the birds from the platform.

Stretching It Wider

Stretching It Wider — by John Giorno

Somethings that work in one decade don’t work in the next, so mark it down as a noble idea that failed.

And I did what everybody dreams of doing, I walked away from it I walked away from it I walked away from it I walked away from it I walked away from it, and I never went back, without reconcile.

And since I can’t leave, I love getting drunk with you I love getting drunk with you I love getting drunk with you, and give me some more blow.

Caution, Wet Floor -- by Joe Reifer

Nobody ever gives you what you want except by mistake, and the only things you ever got is what you did for yourself, and you hate them and you’re only doing it everyday for the money and you hate them and you’re only doing it everyday for the money.

I know guys who work all their life and have got a lot, and something happens to him, and he loses everything just like that, and I even haven’t got that and I even haven’t got that.

Hard work, low pay, and embarrassing conditions, you are worse than I remember, and you’re home and you’re home and you’re home and you’re home and you’re home.

MacGyver Cycle -- by Joe Reifer

What is a rat doing when it isn’t eating garbage or scaring you on the steps, they’re laying around like a pussy cat, you and I sleeping in the bedsheets, warm and cozy, sliding your legs under the covers and staying there.

You got to keep down cause they’re shooting low, press your body against the ground, it’s gravity, the telephone hasn’t rung once today.

If there is one thing you can not and will not do is make this world a better place, if there’s one thing you can’t do is make the world a better place if there’s one thing you’re not going to do is make the world a better place.

Cause you are only successful when you rip somebody off, and everybody I ever known who wants to help somebody, wants to help themself, and I’m firm believer in giving somebody enough rope to hang themself.

Honda -- by Joe Reifer

You’re standing here watching all these people, and everything seems a little confused and everything seems a little confused and everything seems a little confused, I haven’t got anything to say.

The noose is tightening the noose is tightening the noose is tightening, and let me make one more further observation, when you die you’re going to die with a hard-on.

If I didn’t have an accident I wouldn’t be here, if I didn’t have an accident I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have an accident I wouldn’t be here.

Home -- by Joe Reifer

Then there is the reality of the family, your mother and father, them and my mistakes is why I’m sitting at a table with a bunch of stupid jerks on Thanksgiving eating a turkey stuffed with lasagna.

I’m spending my whole life being with people I don’t want to be with I’m spending my whole life being with people I don’t want to be with I’m spending my whole life with people I don’t want to be with, and there ain’t no such thing as family, just people you work with.

I love completely perverted people, you are my best sexual fantasy, I never got that far with scat before, and I want to remember it tireless, and I want to remember it tireless, and I want to remember it tireless, and I want to remember it, tireless.

Cougar I -- by Joe Reifer

We make money the old-fashioned way we earn it, the anchor man never leaves the building, and the only difference between me and a preacher is he’s telling you he has a way out, and I’m telling you don’t bother, for you there is no way out for you there is no way out for you there is no way out for you there is no way out for you there is no way out, and it isn’t as though you got anything to lose.

Besides they blocked permanently all the exits they blocked permanently all the exits, you and I get to stay here forever and it gets worse beyond your imagination.

I would like to give my best to all sentient beings, and before I die I would like to de-tox my mind and tame delusion, but we are not in a time appropriate to do this.

Cougar II -- by Joe Reifer

Tonight, I want you to give me some drugs and a little alcohol, if something is good people like it if something is good people like it if something is good people like it.

It looks the way it should and you make me feel good, so let’s open it up, stretching it wider stretching it wider stretching it wider stretching it wider stretching it wider, and it shouldn’t be any trouble.

Angel Island Impressions

Angel Island State Park is an underrated gem. The Tiburon Ferry is a short ride and runs more frequently than the boat from San Francisco. Get on the first boat over to the island to escape the crowds. The five mile walk around the perimeter road has excellent views, and goes by the historic buildings, ruins, and bunkers.

The images below were made with a Lensbaby Composer using the  Pinhole / Zone Plate Optic on the zone plate setting. The zone plate aperture is fixed at f/19. The camera was set on manual exposure with a shutter speed of 1/80. The ISO setting was used to control for exposure variances, and ranged from ISO 400-1600.