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I built a pinhole camera over the weekend to try and use some strange expired polaroid film I purchased a while ago.
Out of 10 shots, 9 jammed and thus got ruined.
This is the only one that came out with anything.

Overall, the camera was a dud. But it was a fun exercise nonetheless.


VERY expired Viva iso160 film.
Home made pinhole camera.
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SaraEss Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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sakinto Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
beautiful, nonetheless :)
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brettwulfson Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I really REALLY love this.
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
thank you.
I'm also quite fond of it.
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:icontorajima:
torajima Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
:drool:

These are the kind of color fields I get lost in. Beautifully composed and vibrant.
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snapshot80 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
I like it!...can I ask how'd you go about making the pinhole?

Cheers
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sunsets-silhouettes Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
oh that's brillliant!
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
thankyou sir.
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:iconsunsets-silhouettes:
sunsets-silhouettes Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
you're very welcome ma'am
; )
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:iconsara-ish:
Sara-ish Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Student
Pinhole cameras can be the most annoying thing in the world sometimes, but you got a great image, good for you!
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mandapants Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Thanks darling!
This particular pinhole was a total disaster, but that was mainly due to my complete stupidity when it came to the film. I reckon I'd have a whole lot more luck if I were to give this another shot.
That being said, I'm in love with the result I got out of this.
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Sara-ish Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Student
Yeah, that's really worth the effort! For the record, I went through 3 cameras before I got even one image out of them (they were paper pinholes), so you're lucky!
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mandapants Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
I'm setting up a darkroom in my bathroom pretty soon, so I'm keen to try some paper pinholes out.
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Sara-ish Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Student
Really? A word of advice: don't buy a kit. They are full of light leaks. Buy one of those sturdy photo boxes, they work infinitely better.
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
oh, I was just gonna build it myself, bit of cardboard and some tape and black paint.
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Sara-ish Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Student
Awesome! Send me results when you're done, alright? I'd love to see them!
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
I will surely post them when I'm done!
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HeliotropeClaire Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
that's so neat!
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Vickstar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this lovely work in my journal :) [link]
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
You're too kind
x
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IQ91 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
very decorative:)
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99thbone Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
quite interesting when colour burn and play with what they see -- later days
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AlishaKitten Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
I like this photo even though it didn't come out as it was suppose to. It's like a strange abstract.
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:iconrikusgirl:
rikusgirl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
this is such a treat for the eyes:heart:
The colors are quite amazing, I really love this.
: )
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Thankyou thankyou!!
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:iconrikusgirl:
rikusgirl Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
:heart:
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balzzac Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
well ive done the exact same thing with an old 600 camera i had and i gutted all the electronics and was left with the banjo part of it then i just used the origonal shutter the only problem was i never got a really clear image (altho some really neat ones) and i had to pull the film out of the camera and put it through a roller myself which worked well cuz i never had a split
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balzzac Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
ps here are my results

[link]

[link]
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pinkandyellow Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Student
it looks like ice cream!
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:iconnicktassone:
NickTassone Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
yeah, just fantastic
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
thankyou sir.
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:iconcourtsie:
courtsie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
You're so DIY it makes my brain hurt... This atually looks really interesting.
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:iconcourtsie:
courtsie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
*actually; how embarassing.
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:iconmodout:
modout Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007   Photographer
one in ten is good:)... what kind of back were you using?
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
what kind of back?
No back.
I made a camera out of cardboard and attached the rollers from my spectra system camera, which is why it jammed at such.
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:iconmodout:
modout Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007   Photographer
I guess that kinda constitutes a back...
you should hack up an old 100 series camera like an old 300 or 400 family folding guy... that way you don't have to worry about the motorizedness and you get tabs...
oh and the film is slightly cheaper
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mandapants Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Well I only got one packet of this particular kind of film.
It expired in 2000 and cost me 5 bucks.

When I made the pinhole, it wasn't motorized at all, it was just the front section of my polaroid that I taped to the box. I then fed the taps through the rollers.
I'm gonna upload some photos of the camera itself.
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:iconmodout:
modout Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007   Photographer
cool, do! I wanna see it!
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otter1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
this is really cool... had to :+fav: it.
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otter1 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
i actually really love the colors... it almost looks like a water color painting... i'm curious how you made a pinhole camera with a polaroid. hmmm.
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mandapants Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
I'm thinking I might upload some pics that I took of the camera I made.
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otter1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
i'd love to see them.
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
here tis [link]
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gregoryhawk Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Photographer
fuck me thats cool, looks like a psychotropic landscape. Im sort of curious as to what the original subject was.
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
My cat is undeveloped in the white area where the chemicals didn't reach.
It was taken in my living room.
I can sort of make out the window frames.
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gregoryhawk Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Photographer
oh I think I can too
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:iconmandapants:
mandapants Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
=D
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:iconluckyred:
luckyred Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
looks like a beautifully moody watercolour.
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happy-valentines-day Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
eeeeeeeew
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mandapants Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
=(
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