Monday, May 04, 2009

Birthday love

I just wanted to report that I got an awesome present from the Folks for turning another year older. I'm not sure what the big deal is. I mean, really, I should be giving my mom gifts on that day... but I'll go along with custom.
Now, it may have started from a recycled thought, but the product is brand new. My step-dad decided (again) that I might like a new digital camera*. It has been nearly 4 years since the first camera-giving, and even though it was an old idea, I'm more than satisfied with the new camera: a Canon PowerShot SX110 IS. A mouthful, I know. I can't even tell you just how excited I am about using it. Besides having all kinds of automatic and specific settings, it has a manual setting. It isn't quite a SLR, but I'm not quite there yet. Besides, I'm currently borrowing Jon's film SLR for practice, and any time we're out together, he lets me take all the digital SLR shots I can handle with his Nikon.
Now I'll be able to take really nice, crisp digital photos along with my Holga and toy camera shots. Oh the possibilities!

* I'm so grateful I have people in my life that support what I love and love me, and that my folks get me. I get that that's a big deal.

Saturday, May 02, 2009


There will be some pinhole shots to be shared. Soon.

In the meantime, I'll let you drool over my creations:

PinHolga and two home-made Pinholes

Close-up of my bittiest pin-hole camera.
It is made out of a small Altoids tin.

If you want to make your own minty-cam, you can learn how to do so here. The website tells you how to turn an average-sized Altoids tin into a pin-hole camera, but it is fairly easy to scale it down to a mini-tin.

If you'd like to try your hand at making a pinhole camera out of matchbox, you can do that, too. People make pinhole cameras out of a can of SPAM, oatmeal containers, and I've even seen one made out of a walnut.

To get your minty-cams to work, you need an old film canister to wind the film onto. I went to Wal-mart and asked the lady for a couple of said used canisters, and she cocked her head to one side and raised an eyebrow. When I explained, that it was for a project, she was moved to action. "Oh, for a project, I understand." Maybe she thought I was just a nutty canister-collector until I relayed that bit of information to her. At any rate, I was successful in that endeavor.

When I showed Jon my army of pinhole cameras, his response was, "Your kids are going to love you." They had better.