Journal

Travelling pinhole Canon

I’m planning to send a ‘travelling pinhole camera’ around the world; are you interested in taking some pics with it?…

Inspired by Hamish Gill’s Travelling Yashica project, I have decided to do something similar with a 35mm pinhole camera—the one that made this image among others.

The basic principle is that you can request inclusion in the list of participants, and once you receive the camera, you will have a certain amount of time to shoot a film and send the camera on to the next person on the list. Then you have your film processed, and send me scans of some pics—say, at least two.

I’ll fill out the details later, but copyright will remain with each photographer, while I will have the non-exclusive right to reproduce the images once the project is complete. I’m thinking an ebook at this

Have you lost a camera, or had one stolen?

I’ve been there, when my beloved first Canon EF was left behind in a car park many years ago. Unfortunately, there was little that could be done, except report it and hope for the best. These days, with a digital camera, there is another possibility: stolencamerafinder.

This is a free service (at the base level) for anyone who has lost a camera – or found one – and wants to do something about it. This article from the Sydney Morning Herald tells of its successes.

The Book is here

My Blurb book arrived today (ordered 2 weeks ago). Overall, I’m pretty happy with it, but a few points for anyone else thinking of making one:

  • the tones are a bit darker than expected, like dropping the gamma somewhat. However, you’d only know it by comparing with the originals. In fairness though, I haven’t had my new screen calibrated, as I did the old CRT; however, my impression from printing ordinary photos is that it’s pretty close.
  • the premium paper isn’t as thick as I’d imagined, and text shows through slightly. The matte surface is also slightly more lustrous than I’d expected, but I’m not complaining.
  • the dust cover is quite a heavy gauge paper, probably thicker than manilla folder.

You wouldn’t know (well, I wouldn’t) that it’s not a conventionally printed book, and I’d heartily

The book is out

Just published, via Blurb: “From Under a Bushel”. The preview is here.

It’s taken a while for me to get here, to decide I’m finally happy with it – that the text and photo editing is done as well as possible, and all is shipshape. Next: order my copy, and hope it looks fine!

Resizing small digital images

I carry a small point-and-shoot camera almost everywhere I go; that, and the fact that I do not own a digital camera larger than 5 megapixels, means I have to either be content with small images or find a way to make them bigger without it being (too) obvious. A second limitation present in such cameras is that the images are output in JPEG format, with the inevitable flaws that the compression algorithm produces. The result is low resolution overlaid with noise.…

One of the problems of digital noise is that it is inherently unappealing. Unlike film grain, which has a pleasing character all its own, digital noise (unless you deliberately want a pixellated appearance in your images) has little to commend it; as soon as you start to see the noise, you’re out of road, so to speak. Film grain,

Fun in the Sun

I’ve been nosing around the Solar Dynamics Observatory site lately, and decided to have a play with some of their images. This NASA satellite was launched early last year, to study the Sun, and it has been returning astounding data ever since day 1 – astounding in both quantity and quality.…

Like all NASA images, those from the SDO are in the public domain, so anyone can use them (with certain restrictions for commercial use). If you follow the link above, you’ll be at the main data page, which shows a series of images taken at different wavelengths. Most of these are in the far ultraviolet, and if you mouseover an image, it will show you the wavelength used, in Angstroms (10 Angstroms = 1 nanometre; visible light is around 4000-7000 Angstroms). Some of the most interesting and detailed i

50 megapixel images from a point & shoot camera

I’ve been dabbling lately with some stitching software (see this image, or this), mostly with sets of images that I’ve shot in the past, but never got around to joining together. Today I decided to have a serious attempt at a biggie. How big? Well, using my 5MP camera (Canon A460), which produces images 2592 × 1944 px, I have created a finished image that is 4812 × 7236 px – a whopping 33MP! The unedited original was 6615 × 8448 (53MP), but that had to be cropped to exclude ‘empty’ sections at the edge.…

First, here’s an original image, taken at full zoom (probably around 135mm equivalent on full frame 35mm):

[sorry – looks like my ISP has changed something with my file storage; will fix ASAP]

Now, here’s the ‘raw’ stitched image. You can see the black sections, where there was no image a

Just stepping outside... may be gone for some time

I recently started the process of moving some of the less photographic works from this account into a new one: photomangle I weeded out the portfolio a while back, but others have crept in since then, and I’d like to have a more coherent body of work here (insofar as that is possible with my collection!).…

However, having said that, I have decided that it is time to spend much less unproductive time in all the places I inhabit on the interwebs (they don’t seem many, and I don’t do very much in each one, but the hours go by nonetheless). So, if I can be true to myself, and focus on more serious matters – and which I have sidelined for far too long – I shall be an infrequent visitor here and elsewhere for the foreseeable future. If I am weak-willed, then I’ll be hanging around like the prove

Appealing art

When did you last look through your RB favourites? If you’re like me, it’s just an occasional thing, which is a pity, because you/I favourited them for a reason! I’ve just gone through looking for inspiration for Mr Baxter’s latest request, and was reminded of how wonderful some of those images are (it might be writing, or t-shirts as well).…

Now, here’s a thought: recently, I’ve been contributing to the Phoenix-Appeal account, in the hope that some of my work can help raise funds for people who lost everything in the recent floods in Queensland (I’m happy to say a couple of shirts have been sold already). What if… each of us were to go through our favourites list, and pick out one item (or several), then BM the artist(s) in question, inviting them to donate the work to Phoenix-Appeal? The

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