Gee whiz. If that ain't my verse of the week, I don't know what is. Here's the deal. I'm co-teaching a beginning digital photography classat the kids' school. I remembered my 6th grade art teacher having us do pinhole cameras with oatmeal boxes and photo paper and absolutely loving the results.
I had recently heard of people using Fuji Instax Polaroid style film for pinhole cameras, and thought it would be a great way to teach the kids how simple the concept of a camera really is. It's just a light tight container, a hole to bend the rays of light, and something photosensitive inside. If I knew that this silly idea would fruitlessly consume the spare moments of this past week, I think I might not have bought that Instax film.
Digital cameras totally spoil me. They allow my learning curve to go very wide with little cost to me financially. I can take lots of terrible pictures, see my mistakes instantly in the histogram, and learn very rapidly how to improve my work. With film, it's different. This stuff was a dollar a sheet, and boy was I nervous. After the first ten tries failed, I decided to pray. That goes along with the verse up above.
|The exposures. At least they are pretty in kind of an abstract, artsy way.|
|I even put the pinhole in front of my dSLR lens to make sure light was getting through correctly. This is in my bathroom at night. It worked just dandy.|
|Saraiah makes her own camera|
I'm glad I failed, because I can boast anyway. I can boast about a God who designed light that can bend and be focused in such a way that photographs can be made. He made a beautiful way to view an eclipse in the dappled images in the shade of trees, just because of that special way light bends through tiny spaces between leaves. He made it possible for entire rooms to reflect the image of the outdoors (upside down) if that room is made entirely black, with just the tiniest prick allowing light in. I am in awe of this grand design, even if I can't seem to capture it in a pinhole camera.
On a happy note, however, my husband was able to remove the lens of an old digital camera, so that the image is blurry on the display screen, and when the pinhole is placed in front of it, the image becomes focused. I can't wait to see the surprise in the eyes of those kids. I can boast about the intelligence my husband was given with technical things, and I can look at him through a new lens (har-de-har).
|The deconstructed lens-less digital camera and my pie tin pinhole aperture|
|Sun through the pinhole in front of the digital camera|
|Our view through the pinhole|
|The tractor, pinhole-ified|
|Another thing to boast about. The cabbages were insanely huge this year, in spite of my blatant neglect of the garden. Another reminder of how the world goes on just fine without me, especially when God's in charge.|
|I can't help but boast about these beauties. How do I have such amazing children?|