Posts Tagged ‘film photography’

Ilford Obscura Pure Pinhole Camera

Film and paper company Ilford has a bit of a history of producing weird and wonderful cameras. In 2011, Ilford released the Harman Titan 5×4 Pinhole Camera, and last year saw them craft a 6m long walk-in camera in Switzerland. The newly unveiled Ilford Obscura Pure Pinhole is quite a bit smaller than that, but still a curious device.

As reported by ePhotoZine, the Obscura Pure Pinhole will features a fixed 87mm lens, a magnetic lock, and it can be loaded with either 4×5 film or paper (in fact, it comes bundled with three packs of film: Ilford Delta 100, Ilford MGIV, Harman Direct Positive Paper).

Unfortunately, Ilford’s website doesn’t have any information about this intriguing little pinhole camera yet, but according to ePhotoZine, it’s expected to launch in the UK this Easter for £69 (around $100). We haven’t heard anything about a USA release, but the Harman Titan did eventually make its way stateside, so you might be able to pick one up one day.

Source: www.popphoto.com

 

This Handmade 20×24-Inch View Camera Has Eight-Foot Bellows

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Earlier this week, we shared how photography student Mark Hilton has been hard at workconstructing a 20×16-inch ultra-large-format camera by hand. If you found that impressive, get a load of photographer Tim Pearse’s handmade 20×24-inch view camera.

Pearse tells us he constructed the camera last year while he was a student at the Plymouth College of Art in Plymouth, England. His goal with the project was to “answer the question of whether a craft based ethos could be applied to modern photographic practice and whether or not this approach was still relevant in a forward looking, progressivist sphere, the type of which photography is steadily becoming.”

Here are some sample photographs he has captured so far using the beastly camera:

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Full article at: http://www.petapixel.com/2013/02/15/this-handmade-20×24-inch-view-camera-has-eight-foot-bellows/

Photog Captures Time in Stunning Color Pictures Using a Pinhole Camera

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When Matthew Allred isn’t teaching photography to his students at the University of Utah, he’s out creating incredible works of photographic art with the simplest of tools; the pinhole camera.

Allred calls his process ‘Heliography’, a term first coined by pioneering French photographer Joseph-Niépce in 1822 to describe his photographic invention. Allred’s process is not too dissimilar from Niépce in the fact that he constructs his own cameras and even goes as far as formulating his own chemistry for the task.

He describes Heliography as:

A photographic process that utilizes pinhole cameras and ultra long exposures, ranging from 24 hours to 6 months. The resulting images are landscapes which feature the path of the sun. In the longer multi-month exposures the Sun’s path can be seen shifting with the seasons.

Check out this stunning example which not only captures the Sun’s arc, but its reflection on an office building too:

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Earlier today we showed you ultra fast, high-definition photographs of the Sun. Allred’s Heliography work is a very different take on the same subject. In his artist statement, which can be read in full on his website, Allred makes an important point about photography and the capturing of time. When photographers want to capture tiny snippets of time they turn to the latest in technology, whereas when a long exposure is needed, they’ll resort to the most basic forms of photography such as a pinhole camera.

Lomography’s New LomoChrome Purple Film Snaps Infrared-esque Photos

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Lomography has announced a brand new line of film called LomoChrome, and the first product is LomoChrome Purple 400. Available in both 35mm and 120 formats, the film allows photographers to shoot infrared-style photographs without any special gear or filters.

Although the resulting photographs look quite different from standard color negative film, Purple400 is developed using the same C-41 process, meaning you’ll be able to drop it off at your local photo lab for developing.

The new film mimics the style of Kodak’s old Aerochrome film line, which was used by the US military for infrared-style aerial photographs. It was more recently used by photographer RichardMosse for his images documenting Eastern Congo.

Aerochrome was killed off in 2007, and now Lomography has brought a very similar kind of film back into the spotlight with the Purple 400.

Film development lead Georg Thaler tells The Phoblographer that the company spent years figuring out how to shift the colors of ordinary color negative film.

 

More at: http://www.petapixel.com/2013/01/31/lomographys-new-lomochrome-purple-film-snaps-infrared-esque-photos/

Jessops Camera Chain in Administration

Troubled High Street camera retailer Jessops has gone into administration, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) appointed as the administrator.

In recent years, it has been hit by increasing competition from supermarkets and internet retailers.

Jessops, which was founded in Leicester in 1935, has 192 stores in the UK and employs about 2,000 staff.

The administrators said that it was “inevitable” that some stores would have to close.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20958659

Nikon Photo Contest no longer accepts photos shot using film cameras

Another sign of the times (and bad news for film-photography enthusiasts): one of the most prestigious photo competitions in the world no longer accepts film photographs. Earlier this week Nikon published a “call for entries” for its 34th Nikon Photo Contest. Here’s what the entry guidelines say about “Eligible Works”:

Image data files created with digital cameras (including medium- and large-format cameras). Images that have been retouched using software or by other means will be accepted. Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. (Scans of photographs taken with film cameras are not eligible.)

The contest has been held since 1969 to “provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike.”

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Read more at http://www.petapixel.com/2012/10/27/nikon-photo-contest-no-longer-accepts-photos-shot-using-film-cameras/#OJD4orLVkSGH5JMC.99