Monday, April 1, 2013
recycle, reuse, repinhole!
Todays offering is a look at the box that made the photo for the prior post.
I have had this box for some time and even converted it to a pinhole shorty after purchasing it, but I just never got in the groove of using it....mainly because I didn't like it too much.
Excuse me?! Me NOT liking a pinhole box? Impossible you think?!
Sad but true. The poor box sat on top of a shelf gathering dust and spider webs until yesterday when I whisked it out to the shed for a quick, (okay, it took an hour or so) makeover.
The first thing I did was removed the hinges and then removed the sticky black felt I had put around the inside edges to make it light tight.
Oh wait, back up, I wiped off the dust and spider goo first....
Then I made the hole to hold the pinhole a wee bit larger and rounded over the edges to cut down on any vignette. I like vignette if it looks subtle, but a harsh round shadowy vignette is not my preference so to the router table we went.
Next I made a nice liner out of black foam-core to keep it light tight and to help hold the paper negatives I'll be using in place when it's closed. The foam-core is like a sleeve inside the box and also serves as a stabilizer to keep the box closed since I removed the hinges.
The sleeve is glued to the front/lid so when I slide the two halves apart, the sleeve/liner comes out of the back half but remains fixed to the front...
I know this might sound confusing, so I'll try to post a photo of the two halves pulled apart so you can see the insides after I shoot the paper negative I have loaded in it today.
It works great!
BTW- the box came from Hobby Lobby, is about 5 inches square and last time I looked they still had a few in stock. The box is made of mdf, so it's very dense and not flimsy and light tight!
It's about 5 inches square, so I made it into an f/ 270 camera.
Posted by astrobeck at 9:48 AM