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« on: June 21, 2014 10:51:53 AM »

...or, how to spend a lot of money to turn a very expensive DSLR into something a cardboard box can do.

Last year I took a pinhole camera class at a local museum, and loved it.  So much so that I went out and bought a Lensbaby and pinhole adapter for my Canon DSLR that very day.  And today, I used it.  Okay, technically I tried it yesterday, but today I took some semi-decent pictures.  I was out at a local park for a small duck derby and took some scenic shots...

This is probably my favorite:





For reference, here is the exact same vantage point as the last picture taken with my cell phone...



And some others I kind of liked...











I still need to do some experimenting, because it really is a system of trial and error... you can't focus or even actually see much of where the camera is pointing, and it was hotter than blazes out today, so I only messed around for a little bit.  But I'll be taking more!
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014 11:27:06 AM »

Really cool!  Interesting how impressionistic the pictures are, I like them all.  My mom had a small picture that was very old that looked a lot like that.  It was old enough to possibly be from an early pinhole camera from the early 20th century.  Do you have any links to tutorials?  I would like to learn more about how you did the project.

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014 01:15:45 PM »

Thanks!  I don't really have any good links, my original exposure was in a class and she just walked us through it.  There are tons of ways to do it, from building a cardboard pinhole camera from scratch (if you have the chemicals and a darkroom to process the paper) to simply taping a piece of carboard with a pinhole in it over the lens opening on a DSLR (the camera doesn't like this and will freak out, though, probably best done with a back-up camera!) to buying a system like Lensbaby that has the pinhole adapter.  The Lensbaby is not as pinhole as the real deal, but it's nicer to the camera. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2014 09:17:38 AM »

I love these!  Pin hole photography is so painterly looking...my faves are the second and the last of the rocks Smiley
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