From the Field

I’ve just finished developing shots made with my Zero Image Pinhole during my stay at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia.  I was able to develop the negatives using the coffee and vitamin C mix, Caffenol C, but didn’t have a scanner.  So these first looks at the negatives are worked up from digital shots on a light table–a way to keep up and running while on the road.

I used Fuji Acros 100 film and spot metered for the bright snow.  The radiating slats are partial angles of a wood sculpture that sits out in the field, across from the art studios here.  I shot them in late afternoon light and love the graphic effect but will see how they work up later in a scan.

White Sycamore, Sweet Briar College

Coffee Infusion

Wissahickon Creek, Fairmont Park, Philadelphia

This is a quick scan of a pinhole image processed in Caffenol C–instant coffee, Arm and Hammer, and Vitamin C.  I’ve just piloted this film developer as I set off next month for a writing retreat at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  The blend is organic, easy to mix, and no problem throwing down a drain–so easy to take on the road.  If you’re interested in the process, see Stephen Schaub’s posts on and  Schaub is working on a book to lay out the process and the variations on different films as well as advice on scanning coffee-developed negatives and related Photoshop maneuvers.