Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The cost of a video demonstration

In order to accurately depict how to load the Bumble Bear for my short video, it was necessary to use a full roll of film rather than just old backing paper. Now I'll have to take pictures with it.

That night, two solid days of rain began. It paused late in the afternoon of the second day. Despite still being heavily overcast, I put the camera out to capture this wet hosta. It started to rain again shortly after the shutter was opened and I had to carefully wrap the camera with a plastic bag without moving it or covering the pinhole.

Not wanting to tempt the weather anymore, I chose this lovely bouquet of dahlias on the lanai. The exposure measured 20 minutes when I opened the shutter but the clouds thickened again and after about ten minutes it measured roughly the age of the universe. The shutter stayed open for another two hours until it got really dark.

The following morning, it had cleared up and the air was quite calm. The bunnies have been particularly cruel to our cabbages but at least one has prevailed and is forming a head.

We're nearing the end of tomato and crabapple season.

There was still plenty of time for the Fox Valley Photography Group's Macro challenge. These wet habaneros got underexposed a bit.

A dahlia bud was illuminated by a sunbeam.

Heading out on my bike, the stage door stairway to the Leach Amphitheatre was highlighted by the sun coming over the building.

While I was building this camera, Daphne Schnitzer saw Joe Van Cleave's Facebook post about the camera I had sent him. She messaged me that she really liked the camera and would love to have one. I'm not really ready to get in the business of selling cameras, but I asked if she'd like to have this one for the shipping cost. In light of this camera's future on the Mediterranean coast, I headed over to the closest analog available, the shore of Lake Winnebago.

Looking back along the Ames Point causeway that encloses Miller's Bay.

A sailboat anchored just off the bathing beach in Menomonee Park.

A great oak bending over to seemingly drink from Lake Winnebago.

A classically inspired portico overlooking the Yacht Club harbor.

The screened in porch on that portico for events on warm days in May during Lake Fly season, and in the late summer when the wasps will fight you for your Coke.

The Bumble Bear has a .27mm pinhole on the axis and a .28mm pinhole 15mm above the axis, 45mm from a 6x6cm frame. The film is Ilford FP4+ semi-stand developed in caffenol. 

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