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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Jul 10, 2009
Shutter: 15''
Galleries: Black and White, Pinhole/Zone Plate
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2009

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Using a Quaker Oats box and two razor blades, I made a slit camera. This is a variation on the classic pinhole design, but instead of a tiny hole, you have a tiny slit. The slit isn't more than 5mm long, and it runs parallel to the height of the box. This is the old Alcoa building (and neighboring ones) in downtown Pittsburgh.

The slit didn't do much more than impart a certain softness to the image, which is probably okay here because it's the large scale forms I wanted to show off. I could have cleaned the imperfections up in post-processing, but I rather like them. Keeps it honest and personal.

15 second exposure under full midday sun. Ilford grade 2 RC paper, Ilford chemicals.

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03/12/2010 07:05:52 AM
WOW! A Quaker Oats Box? This is a wonderful image. I like the movement it projects - horziontally and vertically. And I agree with you about the "imperfections"; as they add to the photo, if you had cleaned them up you would have done a dis-service to the photo.
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07/23/2009 03:17:15 PM
Dude - that is entirely too much fun! And I'd have no idea about potential exposures. 'Tis fun to follow along with your Quaker Oats experiments!
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07/14/2009 07:00:43 PM
Amazing technique and great distortion. You sure have nailed this down, even the detail is sharp, and you only used a cereal box.
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07/13/2009 09:48:02 PM
you take some amazing photos with that quaker oats box.
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