52 Cameras: Week 35 part 2 — Ridley’s Pinhole Camera

I used expired Kodak Max 800 (02/2003).

Mixed results. The exposure isn’t bad — I set the Canon with the pinhole lens to ISO 800 and used its shutter time to ballpark the timing for the cardboard camera. I didn’t stabilize myself well enough so there’s a lot of blur. There’s a lot of frame overlap too so I had to scan by hand and crop the overlap. The directions said to use 1 1/2 turns for the first ten frames and single turns after that. It wasn’t enough — the pinhole camera laid down some pretty wide pictures.

I was about half way through the roll when we stopped at a rest area on I-25. Crazy windy. The wind blew the camera out of my hand and it pretty much exploded when it hit the blacktop about 50 feet away. I put it in the dark bag and rolled the film back into the canister but the damage was done. I got about six frames that weren’t obliterated when the camera cracked open. Surprisingly, the last frame (the last picture below) wasn’t ruined.

Pretty sure the light leaks are from the explosion. I had this baby taped up pretty well.

Not so pretty once I was done sealing it.

Not so pretty once I was done sealing it.

M's bag and the passenger-side mirror of my car.  Not sure what I was going for but I don't think it was this.

M’s bag and the passenger-side mirror of my car. Not sure what I was going for but I don’t think it was this.

My sweetie enjoying a delicious adult beverage.

My sweetie enjoying a delicious adult beverage.

The scene of the crime.  The double exposure gives you some idea of how much the gusts were pushing me back and forth.

The scene of the crime. The wobbly exposure gives you some idea of how much the gusts were pushing me back and forth.