This is super cool – it’s essentially a pinhole camera, but on a gigantic scale…
The cameratruck works in exactly the same way as the first cameras ever made. These are called pinhole cameras.
They work according to these basic principles:
Light enters a sealed chamber through a tiny opening, and falls onto the opposite wall inside. Here it produces an inverted image of the world outside.
The first pinhole photograph was taken by Scottish scientist Sir David Brewster but the pinhole effect was observed by the Chinese philospher Mo Ti in 5 BC and also Aristotle in 4 BC.
The cameratruck uses this same principle only amplified thousands of times and with a lens added for sharper detail in the final shots. The cargo box of the truck becomes our sealed chamber, and the aperture is a small hole in one side.
As the light enters the truck, it falls onto giant sheets of photographic paper pinned to the opposite wall. This is how we are able to create our giant negatives, almost three metres wide.
Update: New post, new information available here:
New Teaser Ad for Canon 5D Mark II, 50D compared.
The calendar tells us that the 5D, Canon’s second best DSLR range, is due for a refresh. It comes from a message board, so take this with a grain of salt, but someone on DP Review forums has posted specs for a second generation 5D with the following changes: A modest 15.3MP up from 12.8MP, and a massive 2 stop bump in light sensitivity to 25600 ISO.
The cam will supposedly shoot at 6fps instead of 3, and will have dual Digic III processors instead of a single Digic II cpu. The AF system will use 29 points instead of 9, and it’ll have the same weather sealing as the topline 1Ds Mark III, as well as live view. The announcement is supposed to come on April 22nd, at $3500. That’s a lot of stat smather, but the bottom line is that Nikon’s D300 better watch its ass.
This is definitely going to be my next camera. I had been thinking about getting a 5D as an upgrade for my 30D for some time, but I’m willing to wait to see what happens with this one. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be priced as reasonably as the current 5D is now. =P
So cool! Hard to believe that these are actually real photos of life-size objects!
From the post:
Believe it or not, all of these photos are of real life-size locations or objects. The technique of tilt-shift miniature faking makes the life-sized look like a miniature scale model. The process involves using Photoshop to fake a shallow depth of field and punching up the color saturation. The results are truly amazing. I’ve rounded up 41 of the best tilt-shift miniature faking photos around to inspire you. Below each group of photos will be the link to the creators Flickr page where you can view more of their great work. Stop by and show your appreciation with a kind comment.
I’ve been using this guide since the 6.06 version and have found it to be incredibly useful, and increasingly helpful with each new version.
I found this post at my old blog and thought it would be worth reposting; these are cool skydome images and/or great widescreen wallpapers. Click on the images to download the full-size version.
(Note: I forgot who made these originally a long time ago; if these are your images, please send me a note and I’ll be happy to attribute them to you!)
I’m tempted to invest in this as my next lens, but many people have recommended to me to get a prime lens next. Any thoughts?
Amazon.com: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens