Through a Pinhole, Darkly

October 10, 2017

Shot AA interior desk

My third attempt at an indoor still life of my desk yielded mediocre results.  With an exposure time of about 70 minutes, an aperture of 0.2mm, and a focal lenth of 0.9-inches, the angle is too wide, the light too dim.  It might have been better if I had used my initial configuration, with the camera on a tripod a foot or two away from the desk, instead of sitting right on it.

I got better results with my second visit to capture the USS Ling on the Hackensack River, however!  As usual, I was impatient, and the print is not absolutely dry.  Those tiny droplets seem never to evaporate!  Next purchase, a mini-squeegee to wipe the prints right out of the fixer bath.

The paper is 5×7 inches, but I have cropped it somewhat; the boundary of the image circle is clearly visible.  Once again, I curved the paper concavely, with the aperture directly on center.  It appears that I may yet have some light leaks at the bottom of the camera, visible here at the top of the image.  The black line at the top center is from a small cardboard piece in the camera that holds the paper in place.

Ling 2

Here is a further cropped image, with the smudges in the sky cleaned up a bit.  The USS Ling is visible on the left bank of the river, but it is over exposed:  it’s faded grey hull was very reflective.  Perhaps a shorter exposure time would have been better.  My respect for the early photographic artists has grown astronomically!