Five weeks ago I placed a new model of solargraphy pinhole camera with sophisticated technological innovations (a bent steel wire to anchor its paint-can body on the ground and a smaller diameter pinhole) beside a maintenance road in my favorite local wetland, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. I went to check on it a few days ago, and found that the road itself had been maintained recently by a very wide, very heavy mower. The camera was still there, but was caved in on one side and was staring up at the sky, not to the southeast, as I had left it. Luckily, it did not break open.
Despite its rough treatment, it yielded a useful paper negative recording about 5 weeks of sun tracks across the sky. A week or so of cloudy skies appear as a gap in the record. You might notice 2 additional sun tracks crossing the image in a different direction (far left and top center), broken by a large gap where the distorted paper was shaded from the pinhole for part of the last 2 days by a deep fold in the back of the camera.
Tim Messick Photography • Graphics
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