Day 54 THE CAMERA WORKS!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

And it isn’t perfect, of course…

Design 101 054 photo 3

 

When I called up the camera shop to ask if my photos were ready, the man said, “You only got 5 photos lah, the rest all cannot.” :p Oh well. Wasted film is part of the learning process!

So here are just a couple of shots which were notable. First is this one, taken from the kitchen table and looking out at the neighbours’ homes across the street. I didn’t realise that the leaves in the trees were so full of holes! I wonder what’s eating them…

Design 101 054 photo 1

 

Next is a picture of the curtain in the kitchen, right next to the dining table.

Design 101 054 Photo 2

 

Some observations:

  1. Most of the photos were underexposed, especially the ones indoors, so I will need to increase the exposure time to maybe around 10 seconds instead of 5. Outdoor photos in bright sunshine, I reckon the exposure time should be between 2-3 seconds.
  2. Will definitely need to add weight to the pinhole camera so it doesn’t shake so much. Or I’ll have to just get used to placing it on a flat surface to take shots.
  3. The photos turned out to be very close-up in nature, when in fact the camera was quite a distance from those objects. It’s most likely due to the long focal range (i.e. the length of the can). Maybe if I can find time to make another pinhole camera, I’ll experiment with a shallower object so I can get a wider field of vision. A matchbox, perhaps?
  4. When examining the strip of film negatives, I see many long overexposed vertical lines that extend all the way to the edges of the film. I’m guessing that this means that light “leaked” onto the film┬ástrip at the edges of the square cardboard where the rolls of film were fastened to the camera.

I think I will make one more attempt at taking photos and improving the pinhole camera and see how the shots turn out. I doubt I will have the time nor the energy to continue improving the construction of the camera (and not to mention stocking up on films and printing the photos - it could get rather costly!).

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