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2008-12-03 8:03:04 PM  
Welcome to Farktography!

This Week's Theme: "Pinhole Camera"

Description
: Take some shots with a pinhole camera, lens, or lens cap.


We ask that before submitting your photos you read and adhere to the following submission rules, including but not limited to the following:

- Submissions must be photographs; screen captures do not count as photographs.
- You must be the original photographer of your entry. Do not submit anyone else's photography as your own.
- You are only allowed to enter a photograph once. Do not submit the same photo to another contest later.
- You may enter 3 photos in each contest as long as each photo is of a different composition.
- Please post each photo separately so they can be voted for individually.



Please note:

The overarching ideal behind Farktography is that image corrections are acceptable, while adding or removing elements in the image (e.g. removing telephone poles, adding Elvis) is not acceptable. HDR, stitching, or otherwise combining exposures in post processing are not allowed unless specified for a particular theme (multiple exposures done in-camera are acceptable, however). See the rules for more information on acceptable modifications, or check in at the Farktography Forums.


Legal: All photographers submitting photos to this contest are the legal copyright holders for the photos submitted and the photos are not to be considered free for any other use without written consent from the submitting photographers.


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2008-12-03 8:03:28 PM  
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Rocks
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2008-12-03 8:03:38 PM  
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I wasn't even going to attempt it this week but decided at the last minute to give it a go. Just some quick shots around the house to try it out. I think I'll stick with modern photography methods from now on...

 
2008-12-03 8:03:40 PM  

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Pin, Hole

 
2008-12-03 8:04:23 PM  
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I learned a couple things about photography this week but just as importantly I learned that I really needed to dust the top of my lamp.

 
2008-12-03 8:04:25 PM  
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2008-12-03 8:04:31 PM  

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Beer Goggles


/Budweiser brewery in Fort Collins, CO
 
2008-12-03 8:04:55 PM  
Vase in Sunlight
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2008-12-03 8:04:58 PM  
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Old Stone Church
West Boylston MA

 
2008-12-03 8:05:10 PM  
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I love lamp

 
2008-12-03 8:05:17 PM  

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Flatirons

 
2008-12-03 8:05:27 PM  
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tough contest

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2008-12-03 8:06:14 PM  
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2008-12-03 8:06:45 PM  
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Wachusett Reservoir
West Boylston MA

 
2008-12-03 8:07:09 PM  
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2008-12-03 8:10:13 PM  
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Garden Frog

 
2008-12-03 8:10:20 PM  
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Seven hour exposure taken in Zion National Park, Utah. Large "C" in the sky is Polaris, and the vegetation is glowing yellow from the sodium vapor lights from the nearby Zion Lodge.
 
2008-12-03 8:10:23 PM  
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2008-12-03 8:11:29 PM  
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2008-12-03 8:13:37 PM  

Ranger Joe: Seven hour exposure taken in Zion National Park, Utah. Large "C" in the sky is Polaris, and the vegetation is glowing yellow from the sodium vapor lights from the nearby Zion Lodge.


Was that taken with a pinhole?
 
2008-12-03 8:13:41 PM  
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2008-12-03 8:14:44 PM  
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2008-12-03 8:28:02 PM  

Elsinore: Ranger Joe: Seven hour exposure taken in Zion National Park, Utah. Large "C" in the sky is Polaris, and the vegetation is glowing yellow from the sodium vapor lights from the nearby Zion Lodge.

Was that taken with a pinhole?


a 7 hour exposure I'd say yes. Not sure about some of these though. If I had paid attention last week (or longer) I'd have made a better rig. AS it is I just stuck a piece of thick aluminium foil with a #10 hole in front of the lens of my digital. How some of these are full frame with no distortion is questionable.
 
2008-12-03 8:32:36 PM  
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Mc Donalds drive through!

Ok so I struggled like hell with this weeks theme.

I took about 400 shots over the past few days.

After doing some research on flickr and stuff I have to say some people get amazing shots with pinhole cameras, all the best ones I have seen were done with medium or large format film.
The dust on my sensor ( at least I think thats what it is) is killing me.
 
2008-12-03 8:34:48 PM  
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Is this an alien?

Or a grandson who walked in front of the light box and stood there in the middle of the shot?
 
2008-12-03 8:35:26 PM  
cretinbob: Not sure about some of these though.

Mine are pinhole pics - you can tell by the craptastiosity.

/I am Pinholio!

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2008-12-03 8:38:01 PM  
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Fuzzy Pinhole Pug
 
2008-12-03 8:42:48 PM  
Streaking School Bus
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2008-12-03 8:48:25 PM  
credinbob: a 7 hour exposure I'd say yes. Not sure about some of these though. If I had paid attention last week (or longer) I'd have made a better rig. AS it is I just stuck a piece of thick aluminium foil with a #10 hole in front of the lens of my digital. How some of these are full frame with no distortion is questionable.

Well, see, astrophographers routinely take extremely long exposures (stacked or not), and they don't generally use pinholes, so I can't really make that presumption ;)

As for the distortion and full frame stuff, a pinhole should cover the entire frame and it generally shouldn't vignette. If it does, that suggests the material it's made from is too thick for the size of the hole. Regardless, this is such a specialized field of photography that any good faith effort at a pinhole should be fine.
 
2008-12-03 9:01:22 PM  
Elsinore:
Well, see, astrophographers routinely take extremely long exposures (stacked or not), and they don't generally use pinholes, so I can't really make that presumption ;)


The reason I'm fairly sure it's a pinhole, or something close, is that the plants on the ground are pretty much in focus and the sky is too. That amount of DOF makes it fairly probable, anyway.
 
2008-12-03 9:04:00 PM  

sleeping: The reason I'm fairly sure it's a pinhole, or something close, is that the plants on the ground are pretty much in focus and the sky is too. That amount of DOF makes it fairly probable, anyway.


Cool, I'll defer to your clear expertise on the subject. (Nice reservoir shot, btw!)
 
2008-12-03 9:10:30 PM  
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Aaaaannnnd.... The last minute shot for slot number 3.
 
2008-12-03 9:16:00 PM  

cretinbob: Not sure about some of these though.


I used the pinhole in a cap technique talked about in the forum, but I used tinfoil instead of a can to get a thinner arperture. I think that the shiny foil is what gave me the flare effects in the christmas light shot.
 
2008-12-03 9:19:45 PM  
Fuzzy Berries are fuzzy (1/3)

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2008-12-03 9:21:22 PM  
Although the diffraction made for a nifty effect on the leaves I thought (2/3)

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2008-12-03 9:23:27 PM  
I may play with this some more, just out of sheer cussedness. But next time I go down by the river I'm bringing a can of air (3/3)

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2008-12-03 9:27:06 PM  
orionid: I used the pinhole in a cap technique talked about in the forum, but I used tinfoil instead of a can to get a thinner arperture. I think that the shiny foil is what gave me the flare effects in the christmas light shot.

I used a can and sanded it down reaaal thin before I poked a hole, but one thing I didn't try, which I may in the future now that I've drilled a hole in my body cap, is to apply some lamp black to the inside of the cap, and (at the same time) the inside of the hole. Suggested by my dad from his days using pinhole apertures on infra-red beams).
 
2008-12-03 9:29:24 PM  
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apparantly, the hole has to be bigger than what I used.

/thats a grill.
 
2008-12-03 9:33:44 PM  
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taken with a real pinhole camera putting the photo paper in the little cardboard box I made
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2008-12-03 9:37:04 PM  
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taken with a real pinhole camera putting the photo paper in the little cardboard box I made
\one of the first prints that I ever developed in a darkroom
 
2008-12-03 9:56:21 PM  
these were taken with various pinhole body caps

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2008-12-03 10:00:31 PM  

Linguine: taken with a real pinhole camera putting the photo paper in the little cardboard box I made
\one of the first prints that I ever developed in a darkroom


That's where i was trying to go with my third entry, but I couldn't find it. It wasn't in my photo-box. I had a bunch of sailboats moored at Annapolis. Oh, well.
 
2008-12-03 10:02:32 PM  
I love your second one, soosh.
 
2008-12-03 10:27:34 PM  

Elsinore: Cool, I'll defer to your clear expertise on the subject. (Nice reservoir shot, btw!)

Thanks! I'm not really an expert, though, I just tend to go overboard when I try to find out how to do something... ;-)
 
2008-12-04 12:06:06 AM  
I took some shots with a pinhole camera, lens and a lens cap. They were lousy company, and I'm pretty sure they were upset that I didn't share any.

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2008-12-04 12:13:09 AM  
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I think my hole was too big. Ouch.
 
2008-12-04 12:13:53 AM  
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2008-12-04 12:15:32 AM  
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2008-12-04 12:19:39 AM  

Elsinore: Ranger Joe: Seven hour exposure taken in Zion National Park, Utah. Large "C" in the sky is Polaris, and the vegetation is glowing yellow from the sodium vapor lights from the nearby Zion Lodge.

Was that taken with a pinhole?


Absolutely. I've worked in photo labs for years. Once we were talking about pinhole cameras and we set out to make a pinhole with a used Fuji Quicksnap disposable camera. We ripped out the shutter mechanism and replaced it with either foil or brass aperature. The device held about 6 inches worth of 400 ASA film and was duct taped to a long metal tent stake.

That summer, I went out west on vacation and took about a dozen of these pinhole units (one a monstrosity of 6 boxes haphazardly duct taped together...you shoulda seen the look I got at the airport, even pre-9/11) When I went out after sunset to deploy the unit, I aimed it up towards the north, pulled off the tape and crossed my fingers. An hour before sunrise I went back out with an opaque paper bag, scooped the unit up and took it back to my room, where I extracted the film and put it into a Kodak film can. I've done this a couple of times, in Zion and Monument Valley, and this is the only image that I have in a digital fashion (my negative and slide files are nowhere near as well organized as my recent digital stuff.)
 
2008-12-04 12:20:37 AM  
olavf: I may play with this some more, just out of sheer cussedness. But next time I go down by the river I'm bringing a can of air
Olavf,

Using compressed air is generally "a bad thing" on sensors and to a lesser extent on lenses. Oil and/or cold can cause you a lot of grief. A bulb blower works well without having either of these issues.
 
2008-12-04 12:25:38 AM  

Ranger Joe: Elsinore: Ranger Joe: Seven hour exposure taken in Zion National Park, Utah. Large "C" in the sky is Polaris, and the vegetation is glowing yellow from the sodium vapor lights from the nearby Zion Lodge.

Was that taken with a pinhole?

Absolutely. I've worked in photo labs for years. Once we were talking about pinhole cameras and we set out to make a pinhole with a used Fuji Quicksnap disposable camera. We ripped out the shutter mechanism and replaced it with either foil or brass aperature. The device held about 6 inches worth of 400 ASA film and was duct taped to a long metal tent stake.

That summer, I went out west on vacation and took about a dozen of these pinhole units (one a monstrosity of 6 boxes haphazardly duct taped together...you shoulda seen the look I got at the airport, even pre-9/11) When I went out after sunset to deploy the unit, I aimed it up towards the north, pulled off the tape and crossed my fingers. An hour before sunrise I went back out with an opaque paper bag, scooped the unit up and took it back to my room, where I extracted the film and put it into a Kodak film can. I've done this a couple of times, in Zion and Monument Valley, and this is the only image that I have in a digital fashion (my negative and slide files are nowhere near as well organized as my recent digital stuff.)


Now THAT'S farking pinholing
 
2008-12-04 12:54:27 AM  
Why is it that in the 7 hour exposure, the moon doesn't move?
 
2008-12-04 1:10:28 AM  
I can't take a picture to save my life but I love listening to photographers speak their speak. Doesn't make a lick of sense to me but it's almost as cool as those sexy foreign accents and such.

you may continue discussing.
 
2008-12-04 1:13:02 AM  

Geofferic: Why is it that in the 7 hour exposure, the moon doesn't move?


It's the North Star - Polaris
 
2008-12-04 1:14:41 AM  
Erond: Using compressed air is generally "a bad thing" on sensors and to a lesser extent on lenses. Oil and/or cold can cause you a lot of grief. A bulb blower works well without having either of these issues.

I didn't think about the oil content - I think the canned air is pretty dry? I'm mindful of the cold though. I'd have used a bulb but I can't find mine, and there wasn't time to get a new one :P
/thanks though
 
2008-12-04 2:03:53 AM  
Wow, so many artist in here every week. I'm always amazed and in awe of the things everyone here can do with a camera."Pinhole" is a new one for me and I'll have to do some reading on proper methods after seeing some of the beautiful work here. I'm finally getting a decent camera again, soon, after a decade without one.Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to post in here again(with pics).
/I only did this time because of so many typed responses.
/You people rock, carry on.
 
2008-12-04 3:21:12 AM  
How do you do this with a dSLR?
 
2008-12-04 3:42:27 AM  
slackist: How do you do this with a dSLR?

Several of us, at least, drilled a hole in the dust cap for the camera body, and then used either a bit of foil or aluminum can to create a smaller hole there - for the Canons the hole needs to be about .010"-.015" according to the maths I've seen. There's some stuff on the web if you want better details than I should go into here :/

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2008-12-04 6:03:07 AM  

olavf: There's some stuff on the web if you want better details than I should go into here :/


Many thanks for that, for some reason I had a brain-fart and posted my dumb question without googling it first. *doh*

Anyway, a very interesting Farktography this week (as always), kudos to all entries.
 
2008-12-04 9:09:15 AM  
First camera I ever had was one I built myself from an old oatmeal can. I built a dark room to go with it. Ahh the life of a lonely 10 year old. Now I'm kicking myself that I left all the prints with a friend when I moved. See this (pops) for a step by step. I highly recommend building a pinhole camera and working in a darkroom. You can do it for under $100, (under $50 if you are clever) and it's meditative to get back to basics and slim down the complexity of Photoshop and dSLRs. The only control on a homemade pinhole camera is exposure (move the lever to open the shutter, move the lever to close it). Everything else is in developing, composition, or building a new camera.
 
2008-12-04 9:29:25 AM  
Seems I forgot to enable voting. That's what I get for posting in a hurry! Could someone kindly remove the old unvotable copy? Thanks!

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My old '94 Grand Am. Picture is from about 8 years ago or so, I think.

Taken with a "classic" pinhole camera (tin blacked out with spraypaint, aluminum foil hole, photo paper inside, developed in a darkroom.
 
2008-12-04 10:12:01 AM  

Ranger Joe: Seven hour exposure taken in Zion National Park, Utah. Large "C" in the sky is Polaris, and the vegetation is glowing yellow from the sodium vapor lights from the nearby Zion Lodge.


looks like something out of a horror movie....awesome job!
 
2008-12-04 10:29:41 AM  
these are all great. i love this format and style (as well as holga-lomo).
excellent job everyone.
 
2008-12-04 12:06:23 PM  
This is my first try at loading a photo. Is there a trick besides inserting the link?
 
2008-12-04 12:14:26 PM  

DeaH: This is my first try at loading a photo. Is there a trick besides inserting the link?


The Farktography FAQ (new window)has the answers you seek. Specifically, the 10 step list details how to post pictures to the thread.
 
2008-12-04 12:53:44 PM  

Elsinore: DeaH: This is my first try at loading a photo. Is there a trick besides inserting the link?

The Farktography FAQ (new window)has the answers you seek. Specifically, the 10 step list details how to post pictures to the thread.


Thank you very much. I will try once again. (It threw my image link away again. I got this message: Throwing away non-image image URL http://www.picfront.org/d/mnzKPghos/SaturatedRosesPinhole.png)

Oh well, here's the link: (Rose Photo)
 
2008-12-04 2:19:15 PM  
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Homemade pinhole camera. Oatmeal container and 5x7 Ilford paper. Two minute exposure of a graveyard.
 
2008-12-04 4:30:42 PM  

Ranger Joe: Elsinore: Ranger Joe: Seven hour exposure taken in Zion National Park, Utah. Large "C" in the sky is Polaris, and the vegetation is glowing yellow from the sodium vapor lights from the nearby Zion Lodge.

Was that taken with a pinhole?

Absolutely. I've worked in photo labs for years. Once we were talking about pinhole cameras and we set out to make a pinhole with a used Fuji Quicksnap disposable camera. We ripped out the shutter mechanism and replaced it with either foil or brass aperature. The device held about 6 inches worth of 400 ASA film and was duct taped to a long metal tent stake.


That is seriously cool.
 
2008-12-04 7:19:04 PM  

Elsinore:

Was that taken with a pinhole?

That is seriously cool.


Thanks!

Now if I can only find those negatives...
 
2008-12-05 4:28:37 PM  
Funny how some pinhole cameras somehow manage to have focal points in this thread.
 
2008-12-06 8:30:53 PM  
Congrats to Ranger Joe this week! See everyone next week for "The Eyes Have It".
 
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