A Mysterious Pinhole Photowalk - The Monomad Version

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Today i like to take you on an unusual photowalk with photos being shot through a pinhole for @monochromes #monomad challenge. No, it's not a DIY pinhole, i'm talking about a professional pinhole lens here. Namely the Pinhole Pro X Zoom Lens from a company called Thingyfy. Technically it is not a lens at all. It's a high precision hole with a diameter of less than a millimeter in a CNC machined piece of aluminium. It is available with mounts for the most common DSLR and mirrorless cameras on the market. The Pro X version for Canon DSLRs that i'm using here on my 5D mkIII has the following specs:


0,25mm Hole Ø / Aperture Size
40-60mm focal length
55-74° FOV
150g

Visit THINGYFY's Website
for more Information.


And because it's an actual hole, i attached a 55mm UV Filter to it to keep my sensor safe from harm. Enough tech talk for now, let's hit the road and see some shots through that thingy.



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Mausoleum Garden

Since i already knew a little of what to expect of the outcome of shooting through a pinhole technically, i choose some places i thought could have a certain mystery feel to them. First i went to the mausoleum in the nearby palace garden to fiddle around with the settings for the first time. The shots of the mausoleum itself didn't work out at all so i leave it to your fantasy to picture the mausoleum behind me from where i took this shot of the yard in front of it.

Mausoleum Garden



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Hidden Path

Then i left the palace garden through this cosy little hidden path not many people know of. Here i had to crank up the ISO setting really high to get this shot. I had to shoot with pretty high ISO settings generally to get some light on the sensor at all. This, of course, comes with the price of a lot of grain, but that's part of the charme of pinhole photography, right?!

Hidden Path



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The Floodgate

After following the cosy path for a while i arrived at one part of a bigger facility to regulate the water height of the River Spree in Berlin. I hope you didn't expect tack sharp clean photos with that pinhole thingy! That thing has no way to focus, you get what it gives you. By the way, the shots are all done handheld in manual mode.

The Floodgate



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The sun was shining very bright right now and that's a typical situation a photographer starts thinking about lens flares and, most of the time, how to avoid them.

The Floodgate



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Lens Flare Galore

But not now, not here in this situation. With this pinhole thingy on my camera, i wanted to know what kind of lens flares this tiny pinhole produces and it didn't disappoint me.

Lens Flare Galore

Right now might be a good moment to tell you that these shots were taken in color initially and if you are curious to see those lens flares in their full glory check out the color version of this post >HERE<.



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Another Hidden Path

After the visit to the floodgate i found another hidden path i had to shoot with very high ISO again. Wait a minute, is there someone in the distance. There was nobody there when i took this shot. It must be one of the ghosts of the mausoleum following me.

Hidden Path



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Abandoned Train Tracks

After following the second path for a while i stumbled upon those abandoned train tracks and, WAAAH!, where does that hand come from? The ghost of the mausoleum is here! Quick, let's move on!

Abandoned Train Tracks



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Puuh, i ran and hopefully lost the ghost for good now, but where am i. No train came by here for ages, that's for sure! Hey, did you hear that sound from the far? Oh no, please no ghost trains now, i gotta move on quick!

Abandoned Train Tracks



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Dead End

This is obviously the end of the tracks right here, but look over there! Doesn't this look like a bridge of some kind?! Let's go and check that out!

Dead End



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Dead End Bridge

Yep, that's definitely a dead end here with the river right in front of me and a dead end bridge on the other side. Maybe next time i'll figure out how to get there and follow the tracks from the bridge on.

Dead End Bridge

Well, that was an exciting photowalk. After some research i found out that this is the so called "Siemensbahn", an old train route built for the workers to have a faster commute to their work places at the Berlin district called Siemensstadt. An area as big as a small town where the well known german company SIEMENS had their production and research facilities.



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Dead End Bridge

Are you still with me?
Great, then here's your bonus photo of the "Dead End Bridge" to enjoy, this time it's shot with a decent 85mm single-aperture canon lens in focus and without all the high ISO grain. It's a bit strange on the eyes to look at after seeing all those pinhole shots, don't you think?!

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Check out the COLOR version of this post >HERE<



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