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    Filters for Pinhole...?

    Hi, wanting to move into pinhole photography and wondering about filters and how best to attach them to my Zero 6x9 MF box...? Any advice would be much appreciated. I can't find any info about this so I hope that someone out there can help.

    I want to tone down skies a little and so if they are needed I'd opt for a middling filter like a Y/G or yellow.

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    Nick.

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    I'd just use a spot of gaff tape (not duct tape) to hold the filter on. Strong enough to hold the filter securely, but won't leave any gooey residue.
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    Due to the extreme DOF of pinhole, many people consider it best to hold the filter very close in front of the pinhole and move it around during the exposure, to cancel any affects from dust spots or scratches that may otherwise show up on the image.

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    Great, thanks for your help. Perhaps you can help with something else? I shoot with HP5 but have little experience with using it for v. long exposures. I know the reciprocity law but not sure about how much to reduce development by with v long exposures... Do you know? Cheers.

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    Thanks Joe,

    Can you help with reciprocity and development contraction for HP5? Cheers.

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    I am not sure that you do need to reduce development, at least Ilford's technical data sheet doesn't indicate anything other than increased exposure. Here is the data sheet: http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/...1054152313.pdf

    I have never personally changed development due to reciprocity failure alone. I have changed development and exposure times to compensate for night conditions which are very contrasty by nature, but it does not sound like you are talking about that kind of situation, rather you are encountering long exposures due only to the small aperture of your pinhole camera.

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    I think it is traditional at this point to mention the really good reciprocity characteristics of Fuji Acros 100. According to the data sheet ( http://www.fuji.fi/documents/13/neop...os_af3083e.pdf ) it requires no adjustment up to 120 seconds and only +1/2 a stop up to 1000 seconds, making it faster in practice than other nominally faster films. Also it is really nice film.

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    Thanks for your advice. I've had a look at Howard Bond's article which is comprehensive so the rest can be determined through making images. Acros sounds great. I'll get a couple of rolls and try them. Many thanks for replying so quickly. Cheers.

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    I got some clear PVC sheets in assorted colors at the art supply store and cut out little circles to sandwich behind the actual pinhole, thereby avoiding dust issues. Works like a champ, here is an example using a red filter:

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    I would never have thought to put it behind the pinhole. Thanks for the tip.
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