Saturday, February 18, 2023

All Day Long

Once again, the design on a carton of beer determined a lot of this camera's characteristics. The Woodie with the surfboard looked like something that should be on a camera. Trying out placements with the template, it became obvious it was big enough that it would have to be 6x9cm format for it to look right. Also, they were 15 can cartons, so there was lots of cardboard. To take advantage of all this supply, in addition to the larger format, this camera is 120mm from pinhole to film, quite long in the pinhole world. Just 28 by 41 degrees.

I used a really old, early template found in the bottom of a box. The counter shutter was on the wrong side on this early version which I didn't remember until the back was finished, shutter and all. Had to go to the store to get another carton and didn't realize that Founders Brewery has two beers with similar design – All Day Vacay on the surfing beach, and All Day IPA in the woods with a canoe on top. Both are so-called session ales which are relatively low ABV that "Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp." The camera actually looks better with the two different designs. 

Note that with a Populist longer than 60mm, you don't have to change the back at all, the front just has to be longer. 60mm overlap is plenty to make it light tight. It's easier to get open this way too.

The front is the All Day Vacay. The irritating thing about 6x9cm is that if you want to have a rising front option in both vertical and horizontal, that takes three pinholes and associated shutters. The smaller version of the Pinhole Lab Camera is about the same format. The three pinhole shutter for that was just the right size.

The back is the All Day IPA with the counting shutter in the right place.

Otherwise it's a plain old Populist. There were three .40mm Gilder electron microscope apertures left in my stash which had worked pretty well with Long John Pinhole despite being about 20% too small according to Lord Rayleigh. If anyone wanted to try other pinholes, they're easy to change on the removable pinhole mount. With a 6x6cm camera, if you don't care whether the numbers are right side up, it doesn't matter which side the full roll of film goes in. With 6x9, you've got to load it in the correct bay.

 In anticipation of the continuing gloomy weather and intimidated by the f300 ratio, I loaded it with 400. 

The challenge theme for the Fox Valley Photography Group this month is minimalism. An ice fisherman on the white expanse of Lake Winnebago might work for that. This guy was drilling his hole with the cart/chair/windbreak a few meters away. By the time the tripod was set up he had finished drilling and moved his little shelter over near the hole staying behind it the whole time. When he popped out to drive a stake in the ice, I took my opportunity. 

The inlet channel to the lagoon in Menomonee Park.

Of all the trees that line Miller's Bay, only two are bent over away from the wind.

The large beer/warming tent set up for the Otter Street Fisheree and the Polar Plunge,

In order to demonstrate the utility of the rising front in a vertical format, it's best to have lots of vertical lines.

With the long camera, you can work from across the street. Camera Casino without any cars parked in front of it.

As luck would have it, it was brilliantly sunny when these were done, and exposures measured under a half second. There were a few anomalies in the negatives. I had to make sure they were the result of clumsiness keeping the pinhole covered with my black card when the shutter was opened and closed with the tripod on top of a pile of snow. I reloaded the camera with 100 so exposures would be long enough that the card waving gymnastics wouldn't be necessary.

I had to go to Green Bay to pick up the photograph that was in the Neville Public Museum's juried show. It's right along the Fox and near the historic Fort Howard/Broadway district. By good fortune there was slightly hazy sunshine that afternoon.

Directly across from the museum over the frozen river, a great wall of buildings lines the east bank.

When I mention Green Bay, the first thing you think of is the geographic significance of the location at the mouth of the Fox beginning the river trade route to the Gulf of Mexico. Right? Did you know the Packers are owned by public shareholders i.e. the fans? Note the time is 25 minutes before 2 o'clock.


The building behind The Receiver is The Green Bay Train Station which is now a restaurant.

Turning the camera around, The Titletown Brewery occupies a renovated factory.


The other side of that factory is Broadway, now a "cultural core for entrepreneurs, creatives, residents and visitors to engage and succeed in a welcoming environment." This old block across the street was completely in the shade for about a 4 minute exposure. There was a thin strip of ultra-overexposed sky, which has been cropped out, that spilled diffracted light all over the negative. It was easy to burn through with Photoshop's version of a #4 filter but left this grainy, graphity texture, which is kinda cool in its own way.

Across the next corner, a more tidy and well lit building.

On the other side of Broadway, a post-apocalyptic scene

This was an interesting roll of film. I didn't really have to look for photographs, I just took them one after another as fast as I could get to them. It seemed really quick, although with 6x9cm, only eight pictures. I had passed a really wonderful smelling bakery on my way. Going back there to pick up some treats, I noticed this interestingly lit little detail. 

Not quick enough.The bakery had closed at 2 o'clock. 

All Day Long has .4mm Gilder Electron Microscope Apertures 120 mm from a 6x9cm frame. The first roll is 400 semistand developed in really old Rodinal 1:100. The second roll, 100 semistand developed in cafennol.

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