This past Sunday was World Pinhole Photography day. Needless to say, Alex and I built pinhole cameras. Alex took the smart approach, and modified an existing camera, removing the lens and replacing it with a pinhole. You can see Alex's very successful results here.
In contrast, I took the "lots of cardboard and silver tape" approach:
This approach proved to be considerably less successful, as can be seen from my finest result of the day:
Wadda ya mean you can't tell what that is? Maybe you should try squinting. And ignore the dark blobs on the right, since that's just stray cardboard fibers or something. No? Still nothing? How about now:
This picture was taken at the Essex Steam Train yard in Connecticut. If the scan looks a little weird, it's because the scanning was almost as improvised as the camera itself. Walgreens was, shockingly, unable to adequately scan my utterly whacked and irregular negatives. The "photo cd" that I got from them contained only this:
Which, now that I'm thinking of it, might be a better picture than the one of the train. In any case, I scanned the negative myself. Lacking a film scanner, I used a flatbed scanner, and backlit the negative using an iPod touch with the Flashlight app:
Necessity is apparently the mother of both crappy cardboard pinhole cameras, and crappy film scans. Next time I'd like to try modifying a digital camera. Maybe I'll use my FX37. Which, incidentally, Panasonic has returned to me, fixed and good as new, at no charge.