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March 31, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Note to Self – Buy a Lock

Mod 54

The last few weeks have been spent  wandering around various bits of Ireland with my Zero Image pinhole camera and a bunch of 4 x 5 film holders. If you are not familiar with large format photography each film holder contains two sheets of film. This makes you kind of precious about what you point your camera at and how you set up your shot. I carefully composed each shot, metered for correct exposure, waited for each scene to be perfect before opening the shutter. I had finally exposed six sheets of film and was optimistic that I had some nice images, the plan was to contact print these in my darkroom.

I develop my 4 x 5 film using the Mod54 system and it works well for me. It will allow me to process 6 sheets at a time. I have gotten into a habit of loading my tank in one of the rooms in my office. It is a small room with no external walls, it is fully light tight and is perfect for loading  the holders and tank in comfort. I find this easier than using the dark bag.

I had just about finished loading the Mod54 today when I heard foot steps outside the room. It happened so fast that I did not even have time to panic……the door was opened and the room flooded with light…six sheets ruined. This one is definitely getting filed under oops.

This is one of the scenes that got away…

58/365/2014 - Pinhole at the GPO





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  1. David / Mar 31 2014 8:52 pm

    Bummer! I am in the habit of keeping my toe wedged against the bathroom door when I’m loading film, just in case. My five-year-old used to insist on being in there with me, but now realizes that it’s awfully boring in there with the lights off (and a little scary).

    • Aware of the Void / Mar 31 2014 9:02 pm

      I suppose the main issue was that I had used that room so often that I had gotten complacent…live an learn…I will try the toe technique next time…

  2. Denis O'Donovan / Mar 31 2014 9:18 pm

    Double Bummer! I’d suggest buying a lock…….

  3. mewanchuk / Mar 31 2014 10:13 pm


    Sorry to hear…I’m sure they were outstanding shots. Or maybe your worst.

    Let’s go with that.



    • Aware of the Void / Mar 31 2014 10:15 pm

      Quantum mechanics and film photography, together at last…
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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