Year long pinhole exposure of Toronto

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  1. mikecnichols

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    Did anyone on here see the news story about the freelancer (age 31) who shot a 365 day exposure of the Toronto skyline? Reading it, the photographer mentions using a photo sensitive paper and not chemically developing it. I understand the latter part somewhat, but I would think he'd be able to at least fix the image as is. Does anyone know the logistics of doing an exposure like this? I am assuming he's using a paper made for enlarging slides? Maybe a very special emulsion paper? At any rate, the image was pretty sweet and reminds me again of the inabilities of digital photography versus film/paper shooting. Even with the Photoshop tools, a CCD sensor could not create art like this.

    Check it out in the article:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1109339--photographer-michael-chrisman-s-year-long-exposure-of-toronto-s-skyline-produces-dreamy-image-of-city?bn=1#article
     
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    He made a lumen print. Probably normal photo paper, expose long enough and the image prints out, as opposed to developing out. Fixing will destroy most images made this way, so a quick copy is made to preserve it. Try one, very easy to do, lots of fun as well.


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    Thanks...I appreciate the info....would RA-4 paper work?
     
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    I think color paper will work, but the image won't be in color. On the other hand b&w paper used this way often has a color to it, but neither paper will have color corresponding to subject color.


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    These are commonly called Solargrams. A few have been posted here previously that were one year exposures.
     
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    Yeah, I wasn't trying to get color but more concerned about the image being positive.
     
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    Neat, thanks....I had never heard of them being this long before.
     
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    Mike, it's possible that the paper used for lightjet might work for this. I've been meaning to check with John Stubblefield in Charlottesville to see if he has any to donate....
     
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    Saw the article in this mornings Toronto paper. Very interesting read.
     
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    Very cool. There was a grad student at Brooklyn College where I teach that did pinhole exposures for months. He used B&W RC paper, which has developing agents incorporated in the emulsion (At least that's what I've been told). The image printed out, and even though it was B&W paper, various colors crept into the results. His images were negative and he scanned and printed them in color. The color was false color but very compelling.
     
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    Wonderful article! Thanks for the posting! Andy
     
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    Wow that is amazing ... thanks for sharing.
     
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    I wonder if Harmon's Direct Positive paper would give any results?
     
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    That is awsome!

    Jeff
     
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    Of particular note are the comments in the original link. Welcome the next generation of internet-fed ADHD-children.
     
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    Probably, It works by severely overexposing the medium. Results are probably going to be different than these ones tho.
     
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