Camera inside a Bottle

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    it worked!

    the superturbo Wingass model X-5000 camera-in-a-bottle worked!

    just a boring half-frame image of bottles of detergent sitting on top of the dryer in the laundry room...but...it worked!

    now I need to make a cooler camera that will take better images, and maybe take a whole roll of film

    technical details:

    bottle type: Kentucky Bourbon

    film: 1" of 35mm TriX

    lens: disposable camera lens @ approx f/22

    shutter: none, made exposure in darkness and popped flash

    camera body: collapsible
     
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    you are insane.

    can I buy one?
     
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    this version wasn't too hard to make, but a more practical version might get kinda difficult

    ....not sure how much I want to torture myself

    I've been thinking of doing this for years so I at least need to make a few versions

    maybe I can send you one loaded with kodachrome
     
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    Now the next challenge will be how to insert a piece of 4x5 through the 1" diameter opening in the bottle...

    and how to use a roll of film: 120 might squeeze through if I trim the flanges....35 would go through if removed from the metal cassette

    it also might make sense to have the camera load the film from an extra spool....
     
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    Got me puzzled! Can you post a photo of this camera?
     
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    I will eventually when I make a better version of it....this first test was a "proof of concept" experiment
     
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    If you pick the right bottle, maybe you can build a film holder to fit on the outside of the bottom, then accept a little distortion from the glass. Or reverse the design using a jar.
     
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    interesting idea...would have to be done in the darkroom like this test since there's no way to get a lightproof seal....unless you cover the entire bottle

    lens/shutter could be in the neck...nice idea...I like exploring all possible options.

    In fact...it could be pretty funny: making a camera OUTSIDE the bottle, since making it INSIDE is too much of a pain in the ass!!! --- hey, I think I'm starting to like that. I think I owe you a beer for the suggestion.

    btw, for everyone who wants to see the camera(s) and images...I'll eventually post something in keeping with my usual glacial speed, but if you're in the DC/MD/VA area, I plan on putting a collection of unusual homemade cameras & their photos in the next Artomatic ( 1,000+ artists taking over an office building for the month of June )

    www.Artomatic.org ...there will probably be other APUG members showing there too, I know there was at least 1 in the 2007 Artomatic
     
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    OK, now I have to do it...a camera OUTSIDE a bottle...fun...easy

    but then I thought of the other inverse: a <I>Bottle Inside a Camera</i>....now I have to do that too --- a large format camera with a bottle or two inside casting shadows, reflecting light & causing all kinds of mischief
     
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    here's the first image from the bottlecam:

    [​IMG]

    ( the weird triangular area at the top isn't part of the image )

    I haven't taken a picture of the camera yet, but you aren't missing much -- it just looks like a black plastic bag on the end of a stick