Alright Sorry in advance for the long caption about this photo, but I want your honest opinions on this shot. It's not the most appealing shot I've ever taken i know, but it is an experimental shot that I want to perfect and I would like to know what y'all think!
I came up with the idea last night after re-reading an article in National Geographic from a few months back. The article was on "Camera Obscura" or Pinhole camera imagery. More specifically the article was about a guy (Abelardo Morell) who was turning entire rooms into life sized pinhole cameras. He would cover up all the windows with black plastic and then cut a small hole in them (the pinhole) which would allow light to project what ever image was outside of that window onto the back wall of the room. Abelardo would then do a long exposure of the projected image and get an incredible photograph of outside scenes inside the room itself!
Awesome, right?! I had to try this, but I had one problem, the view from my room is not so great... And I know where to find some great views, but there are no buildings or rooms that I can set up to do a life size camera obscura. So I started thinking, how can I bring camera obscura to the scenes I want to shoot? Well, I'll make my own pinhole camera! That's how! After a quick search I found a cardboard tube - I wrapped aluminum foil around one end - put my camera lens in the other end - then I pricked a small hole in the foil to let an ever so slight bit of light in.
Vuala! After a quick 2 minute exposure, this photo was the result! What you're seeing is the image of the outside scene projected onto the inside walls of that cardboard tube. The circle in the very center is the aluminum foil with the pin prick hole projecting light inside. It's very distorted, and super grainy, but you can clearly see the clouds in the sky, and a stone pillar in the yellow grass field - center right.
This is no gallery shot by any means, but I'm soooo exited about this!!!! I can't wait to perfect this new technique of shooting, and try some more variations. I love photography!! :)
Here are a few others I ended up taking -