Since moving to the Upper Peninsula, I have noticed that with the exception of studio work, my most diligent efforts in the photographic arts occur in the fall, and in particular, the winter. During recent years, since owning Rauhallinen Farm, the summer finds that I spend the most time being groundskeeper and chief cook and bottle washer. When I have those cherished moments with a camera, it often feels as though the weather is conspiring against me with glaring sun. In the winter, the light is more often soft and the snow, trees, and rivers provide pleasing contrast. Then all I have to do is keep the woodboiler fed and snow removed-a far less arduous task than caring for two acres of yard and 17 perennial beds. Another reason to enjoy our marvelous change in seasons. Drinking my morning coffee and looking at the weather, I see our temps are due to drop back down to the 60's later this week-a very welcome event on my behalf.
Within the next week, I will begin a new adventure in the photographic arts with a foray into the world of pinhole photography, using a 4x5 large format pinhole camera by Ilford, called the Harman Titan. Pinhole cameras are the essence of the beginnings of the photographic image and have no lens, just an extremely small diameter hole (F/250) that produces images with a very wide angle and great depth of field. The exposures are very long and will produce dreamy shots similar to the Holga, only with the Harman Titan, on 4x5 inch sheet film.