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Old 03-24-2006   #1
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Um...I made a pinhole...

I have a problem with shake, though, on the tripod, due to it not being a body that I can use a cable release with. The wind didn't help either. I'm debating whether or not to put this rig on the front of the Canon P using something...it may be fun to actually take with certain places. The pinhole is made with a screwdriver (strange, I know) in a piece of electrical tape (even stranger). Whatever works I say.



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It's about as bad as my pinhole shots.
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a screwdriver - are you sure the hole isn't too big? that could cause unsharpness as well. I used the thinnest needle I could find and I got pretty sharp results using a shoebox and some photo paper.
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I figured I'd try again with a needle. I have plenty of the tape.
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Why are you making the pinhole in tape? An easy alternative with a bit more sturdiness is a chunk of an aluminum can.

A screwdriver hole will be WAY too big.

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My pinhole is 0.25mm. f138.
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The little metal tip of one side of a flathead screwdriver. Not the entire screwdriver.
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I've read that aluminum foil is a good medium to accept a pinhole.

The simplest way of making a pinhole camera is just to drill a hole in the center of a camera body cap, tape aluminum foil over the hole, and prick it with a pin. If the metering of the camera is sensitive enough, it will time the exposure for you.
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Cool. I still think this is amazing.
Why does the hole have to be so small?

I should just go read....
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The smaller the hole, the finer the detail it is capable of rendering.

Too small though and something called diffraction degrades the image.
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I kinda like the blurry feel to these. It's kind of interesting, really. I would, however, like to try and get a bit more sharpness...but not TOO much.
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I like it!

Anyway, thick aluminum foil is better. And a needle is better to make the hole with. Now where is my pinhole photography book.... saw it clearing out the basement. Found a cool 4x5 oscilloscope camera, put it in "The Box"...
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The smaller the hole, the finer the detail it is capable of rendering.

Too small though and something called diffraction degrades the image.
Just like glass lenses...I see.
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my first pinhole camera wa made with a Nestle Quick can...I wish I still had it...I like it Steph, though only if you say it's a pinhole, otherwise it's just a fuzzy neg :P
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I'm going to try again with a pin to see if I can get anything better. Then I'll take a photo with it inside...somewhere. It'll take a longer exposure, though. Blah.
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If you use extension tubes (slr gear) between the bodycap/pinhole and the camera, you will increase the focal length of the "lens". The distance between the film and the "lens" is the focal length.
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Hey, how about pin hole self portrait nudes?
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Hey, how about pin hole self portrait nudes?
Sorry Frank, I don't do that sort of thing anymore.
Wait...you probably meant Stephanie!
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Hey, how about pin hole self portrait nudes?
You're a little too hairy Frank. It would degrade the image!
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Oh, and I call it the Falcargus Pinhole. I'll take photos of what I did later on.
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a screwdriver - are you sure the hole isn't too big? that could cause unsharpness as well.
Unsharpness? From a pinhole?
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The pinhole is made with a screwdriver (strange, I know) in a piece of electrical tape (even stranger).
Not a bad start. Replace the tape with heavy cooking foil and the screwdriver with a small needle (make sure you don't leave any raged edges on the hole) and you'll have good little camera.
Tape the box you're using to a weight of some kind to eliminate the shake.

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I'm not using a box. I'll explain what I did.

I got an Argus C4 in the box-o-cameras that I bought last year that had a bad shutter. I took that body and took apart the Falcon Miniature that I bought from a seller on Ebay for the shutter assembly. It has a shutter that you can hold open for as long as you want. It will also hold itself open, but I didn't kow that at when I took this photo...I just found that out right now.

It's an interesting rig, to be sure. I promise to take photos.
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Use the point of the pin, not the whole pin. It has to be really small.
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I'm going to a camera show tomorrow. Maybe I'll see if I can pick up an old box camera for a similar toy.
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Well, the pinhole is tiny. I think this may work. I'll let you know...I'll be developing negatives later tonight.
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Frank! Go buy some 50's and stay out of trouble!

And there are Two old Kodak Box cameras in "The Box", a Polaroid 250, another Polaroid "Countdown 90", and a really big O-Scope camera with a 4x5 Graflex back, with a Shutter, .... Good Pinhole Stuff... Still going through boxes...
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BRian, as long as that pinhole is 5cm from the film, I'm good.
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Mmm...Graflex. Just so you know, I actually *am* getting a Graphic. Don't know which yet, but I will be. Out of curiosity, what's the shutter on that camera?
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So now you are getting a graflex? So no @home E6 for you?

Different day, different plan, eh? :-)
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Thats why they call it a PIN hole camera, use a pin to make the smallest hole possible. You have invented the screwdriver hole camera.
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Good start Stephanie ! Pinhole photography always gives emotion before, during and after the shot! For your info april 30 will be the
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experience of lensless photography, will occur on April 30, 2006.

All photographers around the world will be invited to take a picture
with a pinhole camera during the 24 hours of Sunday April 30 and
upload it to http://www.pinholeday.org . A photo by each artist
will become part of the international Web gallery on the WPPD site."

It would be great to see a picture of yours in the gallery.
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Mmm...Graflex. Just so you know, I actually *am* getting a Graphic. Don't know which yet, but I will be. Out of curiosity, what's the shutter on that camera?
The O-Scope 4x5 camera has a Bausch and Lomb leaflet shutter with T, B, and 1s through 1/100th second.

But I may have a spare lens in shutter for the speed-graphic.

What are you getting???
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I'd pose for a nude pinhole self-portrait, but you'd think it was raw cookie dough. Nobody wants to see that.
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Stephanie, have you thought about a zone plate camera?
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Nice work, Stephanie! I like using the disposable foil cake/muffin pans for my pinhole material. It's stiffer than kitchen foil and not as hard to work as soda can aluminum. I like to get to something close to f/180 for my pinholes. Which is partly why I don't use a pin to make 'em. I use a set of very small drill bits--like THESE that let me choose the size.
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I'll be taking some photos of the thing today (in black and white of course) and developing them when I get home from Ames. Gotta go get shoes for the boyfriend and cheesecake for me. Prepare to be impressed by my ingenuity (or something...)!
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Nobody wants to see raw cookie dough? Are you kidding? How do you explain all the cooking shows?

Falcargus, eh? Nice ring to it...
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Steph, as odd as FrankS' suggestion sounds, I think this pinhole and your planned self-nudes project could fit together pretty well. Of course, I don't know how "shy" or extrovert you are, and how exposing yourself to the world might make you feel, but the unsharpness of this pinhole, the blurriness and its soft focus might all artistically work in favour of your self-nudes.
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as odd as FrankS' suggestion sounds

I didn't think it sounded odd!

the blurriness and its soft focus might all artistically work in favour of your self-nudes.

My thoughts exactly.
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