My Worst Photos EVER

Yesterday, I took a notion to make a pinhole lens for my camera.  After taking the final swig from my zesty drink, I set about cutting out a piece of metal from the can.  I straightened out this quarter-sized piece aluminum, and then used a dental tool to press a tiny dent into it.  Next, I used a piece of super fine grit wet sanding paper to sand the peak off of the dent until an itsy bitty hole was formed.  My caliper measures the final hole size as 0.0055 inches in diameter.

Using a 5/16″ drill bit, I drilled a hole in the measured center of my A7RII’s body cap.  I had some leftover matte black 3M car vinyl that I cut out to fit inside the back of the cap.  I used a hole punch to knock out the middle of the vinyl.  The piece of aluminum with the tiny hole in it was then center over the hole in my body cap and secured in place using the piece of black vinyl.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Here, I backlit the cap with a flashlight as it sat on my frosted glass desk.  I used the iPhone flashlight for front lighting.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Lens completed, I went out to my backyard where the kids were playing and fired away.  What follows are the worst quality images I’ve ever shot with any camera/lens combination.

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap
Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap
Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap
Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap
Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap
Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap
Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap
Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap
Sony A7RmkII w/ homemade pinhole body cap

As I expected, the performance of this “lens” is awful.  The color and contrast is terrible, lens flare is through the roof, and the tiny aperture calls for some seriously high ISO even in the bright outdoors.  You know what?  I don’t care.  Nope, not one bit.  I had such a great time playing with this setup!  My “worst quality images” they may be but I enjoyed the heck out of the carefree experience.  There was no fiddling with lens and camera doohickies trying to eek out every last bit of quality.  No, it was all about just shooting for the fun and enjoyment of it.  Weird perspectives, motion blur, odd subjects and compositions.  It was an absolute freedom-ringing experience.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ditching all my real lenses but I think there is something to be learned from this:  Photography is an art and I believe all forms of art should, as a requirement, give something back to the creator.  Even when no one else values what is produced, if the artist/musician/dancer derives from it some internal reward then it is worthwhile pursuing.  In my case, crappy as they are, I enjoy the images and the stripped-down process in achieving them.  Win win!

 

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7 thoughts on “My Worst Photos EVER

  1. “No, it was all about just shooting for the fun and enjoyment of it.”– this! I really enjoyed watching you shoot these. The results are hilarious, interesting, and artistic. They remind me of old photos from my grandpa’s camera. I *love* that! 🙂

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  2. I have not, however, I have thought about it, and thought that it would be great fun. To take so much control out of your hands and allow light to just do what it does and let the image be whatever it is. I find that thought rather liberating!

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  3. Enjoyed this, Tom! I have a couple of books on pinhole photography… something I thought I might mess with in retirement.
    Haven’t retired yet, so the books are still gathering dust!
    Especially loved the first kitty picture!

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  4. thepicman,
    Thanks for your comment and I’m pleased to know you found the image interesting. It certainly has a strangeness about it. When I processed that image I applied some color grading layers to it to further push the feeling. I wasn’t too sure if I had gone too far with it as I didn’t want any of the photos to emphasize anything more than the effect of using a pinhole and a different (for me) style of composition.

    Tom

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