Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Printer Ink Joke

Friday, December 18, 2020

An Eight Year Long Exposure

Here's an excerpt from a press release from the University of Hertfordshire from last week:

A photograph thought to be the longest exposure image ever taken has been discovered inside a beer can at the University of Hertfordshire’s Bayfordbury Observatory.

The image was taken by Regina Valkenborgh, who began capturing it towards the end of her MA Fine Art degree at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012. It shows 2,953 arced trails of the sun, as it rose and fell between summer and winter over a period of eight years and one month. The dome of Bayfordbury’s oldest telescope is visible to the left of the photograph and the atmospheric gantry, built halfway through the exposure, can be seen from the centre to the right.

Click here to enlarge.

The previously "accepted" record for longest exposure was a Michael Wesely photo that was just over half as long: 4 years and 8 months.

Here's a bit more on Valkenborgh's record-breaking image from the Smithsonian Magazine.

And here's a video by Justin Quinnell showing how to make your own pinhole camera that can hold up for a long exposure:

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An example of a 6-month exposure from Quinnell.

Monday, December 14, 2020

"Hand-Held" WWII Aerial Camera

Check out this Fairchild K-17 aerial camera from the 1940s:

It's a "hand-held" camera, but it weighs 75 lbs!

It shot 9x9 inch negatives on a 9.5 inch wide roll of film:

Here's a bit from a website about "combat mapping" that mentions how you'd use the K-17:

While these cameras were normally clamped into mounts, a pair of handles and a viewfinder could be fitted to K-17s and K-18s for hand-held operation. What “hand-held” meant is subject to interpretation, as these cameras were not lightweights. With a 200 foot roll of film, the A-5 film magazine used with the K-17 weighed 30 pounds. A complete K-17 with 12″ lens cone and a full magazine weighed about 55 pounds. With a 24″ lens instead of the 12″, the weight climbed to near 75 pounds.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Bob Ross' Studio

Thanks to the Bob Ross Experience at the Minnetrista Museum in Muncie, Indiana (where Ross filmed), you can visit and interact with a replica of the studio where he recorded his show:

Saturday, December 05, 2020

More Photos from the "Making Strange" Exhibition at Praxis Gallery & Photographic Arts

Praxis Gallery shared a gallery of images on Facebook from the "Making Strange" exhibition I was a part of 2 months ago. Here are some of their images:

[click each image to enlarge]

That's my piece on the right.

Here are some photos I made of the exhibition a few months back.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Monthly Challege 11 of 12: Making/Selling Some Prints

Last month, I made a few prints that some friends wanted to purchase:

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That's 3 different 4 a.m. photos, and a photo of rainbow carrots from my Mom's garden.

To show scale: just small images on 11x17 paper.

This print wasn't shown, but I also printed this image.

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