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Monday, 05 January 2009


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Can anyone share how these long exposures are accomplished? Mighty slow film and very small aperture if it is indeed one long exposure.

Having grown up in that part of the World, I can say that Justin's photos are probably the most intriguing and memorable images of oft-pictured scenes I've ever seen.

-"Can anyone share how these long exposures are accomplished?"-

Very small hole, lots of neutral density filtration, slow film and holding the processing?

Every trick in the book...

Hagiographic indeed. Makes me wish I had BBC 4.

P.S. Folks should click thru to the order page to see more such images and read a most entertaining description of the fate of some of the cameras.

pax / Ctein

Dear Shawn,

Click on the image to go to its web page. There's a link there with technical details.

pax / Ctein

Tarja Trygg's site has the best explanations of how to make these incredibly long pinhole exposures tracking the sun: http://www.solargraphy.com


You can find the instructions describing how to take these long exposure using a beer can pinhole camera at:


Follow the links for a complete explanation of the method, but basically he is scanning directly from the **undeveloped** piece of paper, then manipulating the contrast and brightness to get a pleasing result. An interesting variation on pinhole technique.

This is great!

Anyone interested in this kind of work should get their hands on a copy of Open Shutter by Michael Weseley who has spent years making very long exposure pictures with steel box cameras, lenses, and neutral density filters. His best-known work documents the construction of large buildings, but his 6-month views of Central Park are just stunning.

"Can anyone share how these long exposures are accomplished?"

Well, after reading the link on the site it is easy. He uses photographic paper, but emulsion side inwards.
The instructions are here www.pinholephotography.org/Solargraph instructions.htm

Brilliant, and loved the caption, totally understand and approve...

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