Pinhole Panoramas

All work and no play makes Matt a dull boy. So in an effort to avoid being dull, I’ve been fooling around with pinhole cameras. These cameras have no lenses, but instead form their images by shining through a tiny ‘pinhole’ which acts like a lens. They tend to be a little (or a lot) blurrier than regular cameras, and exposures can take seconds or minutes to complete. But they’re fun and you can build them yourself if you’d like.

Here you see my first outing with a Wheeham 6×12 pinhole camera. This camera is built by Howard Wheeham, who builds lots of cameras for fun, and then puts them up for ‘adoption’ when he’s done with them. They get only 5 or 6 images per roll of 120 film, and the images are long panoramas. Exposure times for these (on a murky overcast Ventura beach day) were on the order of 1 to 2 minutes. Definitely needs a tripod.

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