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    I just jumped right into the deep end....

    I always liked to just jump into the deep end when I was little.

    so I made a pinhole camera yesterday. an 8x20 one no less.

    heres the first shot I took with it, used 16x20 ilford MGIV RC paper cut in half to 8x20.



    also here is a few shots of the camera itself.
    http://scootermagruder.com/temp/8x20...e/galleryb.php

    I still need to do more work on it.... the hole I cut in the wood isnt quite wide enough the wood is actually in the shot on the left so I need to widen the hole that the piece of metal with the pinhole covers. and Im planning on adding a long hinge to the back and remove the black foamboard and replacing it with wood so the entire construction is wood. also need to paint the interior black as I think that will help with overall contrast and exposure.

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    That is just too cool Matt

    Jim
    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"...Wayne Gretzky

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    Nifty. How is it for backpacking?
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    I think if I just glued two straps to the bottom it would work out wonderfully as a backpack.

    although to back pack it somewhere for one shot wouldnt make much sense.



    its pretty much a "load it with some paper (or film perhaps soon) then haul it to take a shot.... then haul it back and develope it" type camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
    Nifty. How is it for backpacking?

    well looks like you can pack your backpack in it

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    No problem! A small changing bag (read tent) would take care of that.
    When I first saw the picture, I thought my buddy finally found a buyer for his homemande speakers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scootermm
    . . . although to back pack it somewhere for one shot wouldnt make much sense.
    Yeah, but just think of what you could charge for that one-of, paper print original of a remote Tibetan village! (tee hee)

    Bottom line, your 8x20 pinhole is cool, with or without the carrying straps.
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    Scooter, make no small plans, eh what? Very nice. tim

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    That's neat. I still need to make myself one and try doing this.

    How long of an exposure did you do?

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    Thanks for the comments all.
    I managed to get one just now at this old school complex near downtown austin. its in the process of drying so Ill post it later on. but its a much better exposed shot than the first two. I filled out the wood so that it wouldnt show through in the paper neg anymore and its almost perfect.... such a wide angle view as well. really kind of like it.

    The exposure on that first shot was 35mins. I took it at about 5pm last night so given the sun was going down and it was already overcast I just let it sit there for a long while. in retrospect I probably could have managed a 1hr exposure and had better detail in the apartment siding etc.

    it was fun to actually create a camera with my own two hands. great sense of accomplishment when I actually get a discernable image from it.


    Ill definetaly be creating more of these. VERY fun.

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