Posts Tagged ‘pinhole camera’

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

 

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.