Is this really only the second roll that I’ve shot with this camera? I think it’s true, but there is something so right and familiar about the Noon that it seems like I’ve been shooting it for a long time, which I definitely haven’t.
Everything about this camera just seems right, unfortunately the innate goodness of the Noon pinhole hasn’t yet resulted in wonderful images on my part. It may be that I just don’t get on that well with the 6×12 format? I see many 6×12 photographs that I find impressive, just not any by me.
A while back I deacquisitioned a Reality So Subtle 6×12 pinhole camera in favor of a RSS 6×6 largely because of the extremely short focal length of the 6×6. The RSS was a very nice camera, but at the time, it just didn’t have a wide enough angle of view for me. The 6×6 certainly does. Also, the RSS 6×12 was a real bear to load. I can’t tell you how long it took me to figure that part of it out and how many rolls of film I wasted trying, but then again, I can be a real idiot about the simplest of things.
The Noon on the other hand is dead easy to load and these days I’m a little less insistent on very wide angle cameras, hopefully practice will allow me to make better use of the 6×12 format.
These were shot on Rollei RPX 25 using the nifty little exposure chart that comes with Noon and developed in Artemisianol. I think I’ll develop the next roll of RPX from this camera in Cinestill monobath as that developer seems to really bring out the super high contrast nature of RPX 25.