Solargraphy Experiment

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    This is my first experiment with solargraphy. Solargraphy is the recording of the sun on photographic paper with the use of a pinhole camera. The orange streak is the sun as it moved across the sky in my front yard.

    The Hershey's Kisses pinhole camera was loaded with black and white photographic paper. I then set this camera in my maple tree and left it there. This is a two day exposure.

    After the exposure is finished, you don't process the black and white paper, but simply scan the negative into the computer.

    This website is full of useful information and ideas:

    This is just one of the cool topics covered in my pinhole workshops this weekend.


    This image is featured in my new book titled The Pinhole Camera. Learn more about this how-to manual for aspiring pinhole artists at

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    1. Aliceblueblazes 84 months ago | reply

      that is just the coolest damned thing I've seen all day. Something very poetic about this.

    2. Sleepy Eye [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      That's incredible! Great image, love it.

    3. .btezra [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      that is just crazy good

      Seen in Pittsburgh (?)

    4. itravelwithholga [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      what a brilliant idea... great image, exposed for 2 days...

    5. Vance Lessard [deleted] 84 months ago | reply

      this is definitely getting used for the cover of a wizards & warlocks spoken word compilation

    6. Seán Duggan (aka f/1.4) 84 months ago | reply

      Very, very cool! What about fixing? It would seem that the image might be prone to eventual fading if not fixed. Of course, once it is scanned, that is somewhat of a moot point, but if you wanted to preserve the "camera original", I wonder if it should be fixed?

    7. forgottenpittsburgh 84 months ago | reply

      interesting development...

      since the paper negative has been sitting on my desk this morning, the sunlight has caused it to fade rapidly. i think that for the next image, i'll try fixing it afterwards to see if that makes it a permanent image. i think i'll scan the next image in at a higher resolution so that i can make prints from it later too.

    8. pianoforte 84 months ago | reply

      What a cool image :)

    9. Phototroph 84 months ago | reply

      do you think this would work with roll film? it is so cool how it gives the b&w paper color. do you know what chemical process is at work there? great jorb!

    10. laamish 84 months ago | reply

      great! just great...

    11. Dennis Duszynski 84 months ago | reply

      Our trees already have leaves on them :)

    12. michał małkiewicz 84 months ago | reply

      nice effect and interesting technique

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    13. buzzymt 76 months ago | reply

      my mind has been turned upside down.

    14. tuomope 75 months ago | reply

      I would like you to join group Solargraphy and to add your solargraphy photos to group pool.

    15. hyalophagia. [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

      marvellous pic!

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