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  • JacksonP,

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    Padded Cell for Troublesome Photographers.

    The Artstation Darkroom is in an old prison cell block. It's spookily cool.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Some old pinhole stuff from Aucklander John Henry. The images are unfortunately rather small, but having seen some as exhibition prints back in the day I was struck by the remarkable level of detail. The Eiffel tower in particular is a marvellous demonstration of the precision pinhole's ability to achieve infinite depth of field.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4523 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    This workshop is very awesome. Have a wonderful time!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3884 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    no Lens in the house...
    would these pix and cameras be called
    obscura objects of design?
    But isn't it amazing what you can do with just one little prick!
    is this the new no Zeiss guy zeitgeist?

    is there a digital version?
    or is it all still done with chemicals and darkrooms?

    I always liked this year long exposure pinhole pic

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    Digital Pinhole Study.

    is there a digital version?
    or is it all still done with chemicals and darkrooms?

    Both, it appears.

    The picture above was made by drilling a small hole part way through a standard Canon DSLR Body Cover, and then pushing the last bit with a pin. You then work out the exposure by trial and error.

    In this case ISO 200, at 6 seconds.

    The hole is a bit big, otherwise it would be sharper I think.

    You can also buy them, apparently.

    Hours of fun.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to JacksonP,

    Hours of fun

    Or hours, anyway. ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3884 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Where does one get "Photo sensitive paper" these days?
    I remember it from when I was a kid, I think it was some sort of copier paper from a now defunked photo copier process. We used to do pinhole camera stuff with it at school.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Cross,

    Don't some cameras have a pinhole mode? Anyone using that with much success?

    Have to say I would love to join in (not that I can get to the workshop or have a darkroom, come to think of it) but it would be great to make a pinhole camera.

    I'm tempted by these paper cameras but might end up with a hole in the DLSR body cap too!

    http://www.thecoolist.com/pinhole-cameras-10-paper-cameras-for-photograph-purists/

    Australia • Since Nov 2011 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Light,

    A slight variation on the DSLR cap theme - drill a decent sized hole in it and then tape some foil over it. You can then make a small pinhole in the foil. This will allow you to play round with the size of the hole to get the best result.

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  • JacksonP, in reply to Phil Light,

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    Stairway to even. ISO 800, 30".

    drill a decent sized hole in it and then tape some foil over it

    Thanks Phil. Yes, I’ve been thinking of retro-fitting the body cover with some foil or aluminium.

    One thing it does allow is to experiment with exposures and perfecting the pinhole size.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Where does one get “Photo sensitive paper” these days?

    We plan to use Ilford Mutli-grade paper. There’s some good write ups on using it for Pinhole photography.

    http://www.thecoolist.com/pinhole-cameras-10-paper-cameras-for-photograph-purists/

    Those paper cameras are truly awesome. I might need to get one (or two) to play with on the day. They’d make a cool artwork too.

    We’re not too far away, you know. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Had a play today with a hole in tinfoil over a body cap on my dslr camera, amazed how well my first attempt worked out, I'm going to investigate needle sizes...

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jos,

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    Had a play today with a hole in tinfoil over a body cap on my dslr camera

    Shot.

    I’m going to investigate needle sizes…

    I'm going to make a better version of my earlier attempt too. We're doing a test run this Saturday, where I'm hoping to try out my new iPhone camera. I mean iPhone box camera.

    Should be fun.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    I'll see your fancy black box and up you multiple holes!
    Did 3 first then about 6, just pointed it at random stuff and guessed exposures.

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    31

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Poo, need to add photo...

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    artistic stuff with plants and a window frame

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Whakatane Info Centre

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jos,

    I’ll see your fancy black box and up you multiple holes!
    Did 3 first then about 6, just pointed it at random stuff and guessed exposures.

    Funnily enough I tried that earlier too, but I'm having trouble getting a good image. Need to work on my hole digging.

    He says ironically.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jos,

    artistic stuff with plants and a window frame

    These are all very cool by the way.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Corner Ponsonby, Crummer Road. 15 secs in the sunlight.

    We tried out the darkroom, and two pinhole camera concepts today. Both worked pretty much as well as we could hope. Photo above taken on the iPhone Box camera as described earlier.

    The streaking is a bus passing, and the odd car, during the 15 secs.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Auckland Girls' Grammar. 35secs. Overexposed on one side, and under on the other. Might re-shoot this next time, as seems like a good subject.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Looking good, like ghosts from the past

    Looky, lazer cut dslr caps
    http://www.lenoxlaser.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=19
    $33 US

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jos,

    Cheers

    Looky, lazer cut dslr caps

    Auckland Camera used to bring these (or similar) in. But demand wasn't high apparently. Can't imagine why they're not flying off the shelves myself.

    By the way, your multi-pinhole images have been admired by others. Although they don't post on here yet. The numbers one in particular. How esle would you do that without using photoshop? Hours of fun.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Indoor shot. 10min exposure.

    The orginal print on paper (bottom) looked too underexposed, but after scanning there was way more detail than I expected.

    Paper as negative is quite a new experience for me, but it is an interesting medium to play with.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2434 posts Report Reply

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