SOLARGRAPHY: n. A technique in which a fixed pinhole camera is used to expose photographic paper for an absurdly long amount of time … mostly used to show the path taken by the sun across the sky. (Wikipedia)
I know this solargraphy stuff doesn’t appeal to everyone. It’s probably of interest mostly to earth-science geeks, die-hard pinhole photographers, and others who tinker late into the night in their garage workshops. I’m a bit of each, though not to extremes, yet once I tried making solargraphs with home-made pinhole cameras, I was hooked. Strange? Definitely, but harmless. And there are hundreds of us practicing this arcane craft all over the world every day.
On October 2, 2011, I attached a paint can with a small pinhole and a sheet of photographic paper to a cottonwood tree in Mono County, pointing toward the morning sun behind some more trees and some old buildings. On October 6, 2012, I retrieved the camera and brought it home. I scanned the unprocessed paper, inverted the negative image, increased the contrast, and adjusted the colors. Exposure: 370 days (February had an extra day this year) at f/200-and-something.
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