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This is something I’ve been thinking about for a month or two. I enjoy pinhole photography, and am intrigued by instant film. So I wanted to combine the two – a pinhole camera that makes instant prints.
So this morning I finally decided to throw something together (in lieu of doing chores). I’ll post a detailed write-up of the construction later. The short version is, I used an Instant Back for the Lomo LC-A+ and built a pinhole-front to attach to the Instant Back. It was actually a very quick and easy project.
Here are some results:
Fuji Instax Mini film is rated at ISO 800, and I calculated the Instant Pinhole camera to have a 30mm focal length, and an aperture of about f/150. Under the overcast skies that came to about a 4 second exposure, which actually is a bit over-exposed I think. In the backyard, under heavy tree cover, this extended to eight seconds, which might be a bit under-exposed.
I tried some indoor shots but the Instax film suffers from big-time reciprocity failure – what should have been a 30-second exposure, looks like it would take over 2 1/2 minutes. So the Instant Pinhole is probably going to stick with sunny outdoor shots for now.
Blink and it’s like four days passed… I’m still here, but the pain comes and goes. A friend has suggested that it might be what they call a ‘dry socket’… she had this when her wisdom teeth were removed. What happens is the gums don’t fully close where the tooth was, leaving a bit of the bone exposed. Then any time some food or whatever gets into the socket, it touches that exposed bone and causes pain. If it’s there for a long time it can lead to infection. So I have to talk to the dentist again this week and ask if this could be what I’m experiencing.
When something gets in there, the pain starts within a minute or so, then in about 10 or 15 minutes the pain has spread to include my ear, and then it continues to spread till it’s encompased the entire side of my head. Then it just stays like that, till I can get the bit of food out – which can take a long time, the only way to remove it is by doing lots and lots of rinsing with water.
It takes all the joy out of eating.
Anyhow, so I’ve been trying to keep my mind off that with other distractions. I don’t remember if I ever officially stated in the blob that I had no intentions of learning to do coding for the Nintendo DS, but I definately officially had no intentions to learn how to do coding for the Nintendo DS.
Unsurprisingly, 3 months later, I’m learning to do coding for the Nintendo DS. Nothing pretty or fancy – I’m no gamer, I’m terrible at playing games and have no interest in trying to make them. But simple things, exploring the technology and whatnot, making it do things, making stuff happen. That’s where I’m at.
So I wrote a simple utility that tests all the inputs (i.e. buttons and touchscreen) and does a few funky things, plays sounds and moves a ‘sprite’ around, utilizes the two screens, and so on and so forth. The screenshot makes it look very lame and boring, but I had lots of fun making it, and it kept my mind off the pain and hunger for a few days.
There’s already lots of other little utilities that do the same thing as this, but this one is mine and does things my way. Aside from doing the obvious, it also has some fun little things that it can do, by pressing the right keys.
It was also a good primer for moving on to try doing some other things with it. Maybe like graphics – I understand people enjoy graphics, these days.
So that’s about where it’s at, right now.