glimpse: Camera Obscura

December 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

  The recent snow had me feeling a little house trapped, so instead of watching re-runs of " Always Sunny", I decided to do something a little more interesting. I came into photography way after digital cameras hit the scene, and I never really exposed or processed a piece of film, or a piece of paper, until I made a few pinhole cameras and set up a small darkroom in the basement a few years back. This is where I stumbled upon the "Camera Obscura" and it's two simple components, a dark space, and you guessed it...a pinhole! That's it, nothing else to it! A camera! Well I'm sure there's a lot more to it, but for me the fact that I got the results I did using a box and a little pinhole, just amazed me. It really is the most basic form of a camera.  

Our living room window has a wide view of the park across the street, I had a few rolls of duct tape, and an afternoon to kill. All the snow provided a ton of reflective light and I knew it would be enough to fill the room even with a small aperture. The lens? A hole punched through a piece of cardboard. Well it's actually not a lens at all, and it isn't no "Canon L glass"  but the little cardboard aperture still produced a decently in focus image.  I snapped a few photos with my DSLR to share what it looked like inside a camera, and made a short photo motion.Overall it was a lot of fun and if you're ever bored,snowed in, or just sitting around Google it, and give it a try!  There really is something peaceful and so extroverted feeling when sitting in a giant camera. 

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