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52 Cameras: # 129 — Pinhole cameras WPPD 2017


Links mentioned in the video:

Drill Your Own Precision Pinhole Apertures


http://www.mrpinhole.com
http://pinholeday.org



I like to show different images here but I was processing as we went to check exposure so we only got 3 from the paint can camera.

A chart from Mr. Pinhole showed 2.5 minutes. My meter app showed 1.5. We split the difference at 2 minutes and ended up overexposed. It was bright out.

I tweaked the levels a little bit.

I tweaked the levels a little bit.


I backed off the exposure time for this one.

I backed off the exposure time for this one.


You can’t see the close-focus distortion from the curved plane in the video.

The scanner at work, a Canon print/scan/fax thing, was giving me bad reflections from the clear plastic on the Instax frames so i had to adjust. They’re underexposed to start with — f/256 is pretty dim.

Tusker and Melon -- my WPPD contribution.

Tusker and Melon — my WPPD contribution.


Side-lit Buddha.

Side-lit Buddha.


Some of M's pots.

Some of M’s pots.




My kludge of a darkroom…
Foam core poster board painted black on the window.

Foam core poster board painted black on the window.


Black craft paper and tape around the door.  Towel at the bottom.

Black craft paper and tape around the door. Towel at the bottom.


It worked, it was black-black. Then I remembered when I bought a guy’s old darkroom stuff, I got a…
Safe light!  This is paper, not film.

Safe light! This is paper, not film.


Develop...

Develop…


Stop...

Stop…


Fix (It's a small bathroom)...

Fix (It’s a small bathroom)…


After a good rinse, hang to dry.

After a good rinse, hang to dry.

52 Cameras: Camera 88 part 2 — Lomo Instant Wide

Scanned on a CanoScan 9000f at 1200DPI.  Exposure level tweaks on Muir Woods and the cats.  Reduced to 25% for upload.

Muir Woods

Muir Woods

A little fuzzy and blown out but nice colors.

A little fuzzy and blown out but nice colors.

City Lights Bookstore

City Lights Bookstore

Our neighbor's trees. Not Muir Woods but nice.

Our neighbor’s trees. Not Muir Woods but nice.

This last one is with the close-up lens. It’s overexposed — I used the flash too close in too-bright ambient light. It was still a good test of the range and depth of field of the lens. The front cat is at 4 inches, the gray cat is at 5 inches, and the matchbox with the horrible flash reflection is at 6.

Mexican stone cats

Mexican stone cats

52 Cameras: Camera 59 part 2 – Lomography Supersampler

Thanks Bill!

As far as treating this like an experiment, I did pretty much everything wrong. I had nothing but variables.

I used a camera I’d never used before.

It was loaded with unknown el-cheapo 400 film that came with the camera. The label, including the DX coding, was a sticker. It wasn’t even Lomo-branded, just a sticker.

I’d never processed color print film before so saying I’d never used the chemicals (Unicolor C-41 kit) before is kind of redundant.

Just to be a complete fool, I used a reel and tank I’d never used before too. It’s a Paterson set I got from Goodwill. The plastic reel is almost the same as the Yankee I used for the 120 B&W but I had a heck of a time getting it loaded in the dark bag. And, of course, the tank lid leaked like a $#@! when I inverted it.

I also ignored the camera manual where it says not to bother using it indoors. I tried to catch the cats in action in the house and got a whole lot of nothing.

Astonishingly, I got 11 frames with something on them. Eight of them are even reasonably well exposed.

Here are three with a wee bit of visual interest.

A bird was flying by but I was too slow on the draw.  I like the trees any way.

A bird was flying by but I was too slow on the draw. I like the trees any way.

He's not driving backwards -- I stuck the camera out the window as I passed.

He’s not driving backwards — I stuck the camera out the window as I passed.

Next door raven shot through the living room window.

Next door raven shot through the living room window.

Some crops from the raven photo.

Raven1

Raven2

Raven3

Raven4

There is a lot of exposure variation from lens to lens but that’s part of the adventure with strange, cheap cameras. It’s a lot of fun to use so we’re already burning through another roll. Negatives scanned at 4800DPI on a Canoscan 9000f and resized for upload. Straightened, cropped, and a small color tweak in Photoshop.



Processing notes:
Based on what I’ve learned from processing this roll, the next one will get a rinse between the developer and blix. I’ll also do a post-stabilizer rinse and Photoflo — there were a lot of water spots. I’ll practice with the Paterson reel and use the Yankee if it’s hosed. I may use the Yankee tank any way since it doesn’t leak. I need to get some small containers so it’s easier to keep track of the age of the chemicals.

52 Cameras: Week 47 part 2 — Lomo Fisheye

The first roll (Kodak Max Zoom 800) was mostly a bust. I thought I was helping the camera out using fast film but it was grain city. The first image is the only one from that roll. The flash fired but I was too far away. Boosted the exposure a little and ran noise reduction in Photoshop.

Chicken chasing -- one of my favorite sports when I was small.

Chicken chasing — one of my favorite sports when I was small.

Second roll is Fujicolor Superia X-tra 400.

That's more like it.  Not too fisheye-y.

That’s more like it. Not too fisheye-y but almost too far away for the flash.

EXTREME CLOSEUP!

EXTREME CLOSEUP!

I tease her that her curves make Buddy Holly look like a bug-eyed alien.  We had to add fisheye.

I tease her that her curves make Buddy Holly look like a bug-eyed alien. We had to add fisheye.

52 Cameras: Week 47 part 1 — Lomo Fisheye

Google being Google. Evil. While Youtube chewed on the video, I opened another tab to check mail. Gmail made me authenticate again on the same account. I read some email and logged out. The Youtube page gave me a dialog that I had logged out in another window but it kept uploading. I opened a new tab, logged in again and the video showed processing, then it finished processing and let me publish. I could link to the video, watch the video, and the page said it’s on the 52 Cameras channel, but the video manager showed it as still processing, it didn’t show up in the chronological list of videos on my channel, and the view count wouldn’t increment. WTF? I ended up deleting it and re-uploading.

A little consistency would be nice. If it’s one session, don’t make me authenticate twice. If it’s two sessions, don’t mess up my Youtube connection because I logged out of Gmail.