I took the camera up to the common early this evening to see where I needed to position the focussing screen for landscapes. I had the ideal location in mind – sweeping views across the Exe Estuary, the sun setting in the west, good, flat ground. I drove up (don’t worry, we’re not becoming the Pinhole Petrolheads – the trailer hasn’t arrived yet!) and got out to find it really pretty windy! We had a go at installing the camera, but the winds were too strong and I had not bought the guy ropes. Lesson learnt, I found another spot where the view sadly wasn’t as impressive, but it was nicely sheltered for me to do my experiment. We set up.
Once up, we climbed inside, set the lens up and saw the first projection of a landscape shine through..first just a detail..
Really pleased. I didn’t take the tripod for the camera I was taking these of, sadly, s0 these photographs are themselves a little dark, but the definition on the screen was superb and there are a few things I would like to try to improve it even more. Replacing the screen with a less translucent will reflect more light back, giving a brighter image, and I have also nearly finished some drapes to go inside the camera that will minimise reflections within the camera that bit more. It’s all coming together!
The project is gathering pace nicely! We are talking with different businesses and organisations in the area to arrange for various partnerships to help build a network of businesses and conservation organisations to make sure that the funding we recieve can go as far as possible supported by a number of really strong partners.
O2′s Think Big project has been in touch and there are some exciting developments there – awaiting confirmation but they sound very keen. Should make further partnerships easier to come by (if you would like to get involved – get in touch!) I hope to announce lots of the partnerships soon but we’re still negotiating the details etc. so until then hold tight!
The camera build is rolling on inspired by the progress of the Sponsume page – I am looking into building a couple of simple lenses into it as well to give us more scope for when the light isn’t so good, and also show the difference between focal lengths that lenses offer. I have also been talking with the makers of the freedom trailer – working out how we’re gonna get it all on to the trailers, and a solution has been found!
So lot’s of stuff bubbling away, and I realise too that for a photography project there are a shocking few photographs on here! This will soon be sorted..
So watch this space, as they say, exciting times ahead!