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bigginge
09-13-2005, 05:41 AM
I found this picture among my late grandfather's photographs, and thought you might find it interesting. It was taken in 1914 with a home made pinhole camera, and I thought it was quite detailed.

http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/Works.jpg

tonytryout
09-13-2005, 05:48 AM
that's a great pic! How big is the print?

littleMatt
09-13-2005, 05:59 AM
I love that picture!

We should try and make our own pinhole photographs...?

bigginge
09-13-2005, 06:03 AM
Without sorting through the hundreds of old photos I inherited from him I think it was about 100mm x 75mm. I scanned a couple more, and I'll try and find them. There are photos going back over 100 years (my grandfather was 100 when he died) including this family picnic from the early 1920s. My grandfather is on the left, my mother holding the baby, centre, my great grandmother next to her and great great grandmother behind her. I think it was taken at Skegness, but what wonderful cars.
http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/Old-Family-outing.jpg

ctranter
09-13-2005, 06:43 AM
Photographic time travel. Super.

EVPohovich
09-13-2005, 12:27 PM
very cool bigginge, thanks for sharing. Feel free to keep posting these, I just love 'em.

HINT HINT!!

tonytryout
09-13-2005, 03:45 PM
Thanks bigginge. As EVPohovish says, keep posting these pics -- they are really cool! :thumbsup:

Dricciotti
09-13-2005, 03:50 PM
I love that picture!

We should try and make our own pinhole photographs...?Ever tried making one? Its hard as heck but can come out with some really cool distortions. I made one with a cylindar oatmeal container once for a class and had awsome results.

WannaBe_80z
09-13-2005, 06:02 PM
The little boxes that you get your booklet of checks in is awesome to use for pinhole cameras. If I had access to a dark room I would try one out again.

bigginge
09-14-2005, 07:28 AM
Glad you liked the photos. Most of them are really only interesting to family members, being holiday snaps and portraits, but I found 2 more taken with the pinhole camera:
http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/works2.jpg
All the lathes ran from belts driven by overhead shafts.

http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/works3.jpg

http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/school.jpg
This is my grandfather's school class about 1910 (he's 5th from left).
When I scanned this as part of a poster I did for his 100th birthday he remembered the name of both schoolmasters and most of the children.

And the seaside as it used to be:
http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/Old-Family-outing-3.jpg

carly1979
09-14-2005, 07:32 AM
....Most of them are really only interesting to family members, being holiday snaps and portraits....those are actually the types of photos i find most interesting! but it's fair enough if you are not happy posting those ones. they are all really fascinating :thumbsup:

bigginge
09-14-2005, 07:54 AM
Ok. I'll have a look through and post some old 'snaps'.

bigginge
09-14-2005, 09:11 AM
Here's my grandfather in a posed studio shot about 1919. I remember him telling me he thought his hat
made him look really cool. or whatever the word was then.
http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/Pop.jpg
My grandfather and a friend.
http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/pop&friend.jpg
And my grandfather and his sisters about 1912
http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/Pop-&-Sisters.jpg

carly1979
09-14-2005, 09:24 AM
thank you, very cool photos :D
i love the facial expressions in old photos- although they are quite formal photos, they are very different to 'posed' photos today!!

bigginge
09-14-2005, 09:41 AM
Yes, and I like the expressions on old tv and radio stars from the 50s, as if they've just been surprised by the photographer, or sharing a joke. Of course, I can't find any right now.

bigginge
09-14-2005, 09:51 AM
Like these:
http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/dttt.jpg

http://www.biggingerfish.co.uk/pics/igbliss.jpg

Posed, but trying to look natural and doing something.

EVPohovich
09-14-2005, 12:08 PM
Really nice bigginge. Looks as if you have found a nice treasure trove of family memories. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

That does not mean stop posting new ones ;)

robbmcaulay
09-14-2005, 05:39 PM
made him look really cool. or whatever the word was then.

It was Piff :D

Cool photos Ginge, I always like looking at old photos and wonder what they were thinking :)

tonytryout
09-14-2005, 06:55 PM
they are great, bigginge! IMO, "modern" b+w photos does not seem to be the same as the "original" b+w photos. Maybe it is because they are more gritty, subjects are more interesting (different era, fashion, etc.)?

Thanks for sharing these pics, mate. :)

nordberg
09-14-2005, 10:54 PM
yoohoo, pinhole camera anyone??? :) :) :)

i've been waiting all week to find the time to scan these in.
photography 101, 1989.
basic pinhole setup - oatmeal box, tin foil, 5x7 sheet of paper...that's it:

http://www.echohive.com/images/pinhole_oldnorth.jpg

http://www.echohive.com/images/pinhole_playground.jpg

http://www.echohive.com/images/pinhole_library.jpg

bigginge, those old timey shots are amazing.
hard to believe things like that can be nearly a century old.
i've got some oldies i might throw in here later...

WannaBe_80z
09-15-2005, 01:32 PM
That one of the outside of the school is awesome.

whispers
09-15-2005, 03:30 PM
Ginge-

not only are those photos awesome... but hang on to them...

"I" woudl definately start a restorarion project with them...comparring originals to the touch-ups.. making the black & whites "pop"......

very nice.

tonytryout
09-15-2005, 04:09 PM
nords, these are great! your first pic out of three in your previous post is my fave. Did you use fisheye lens or something?

nordberg
09-15-2005, 10:06 PM
nords, these are great! your first pic out of three in your previous post is my fave. Did you use fisheye lens or something?thanks mang, but it's not a fisheye. it's not really even a camera.
it's an oatmeal box pinhole camera (it looks like a fisheye becuase the box is curved)
just a piece of unexposed, photographic paper put in a round oatmeal box.
you use a pinhole in some foil to expose the paper.
you develop the paper, producing a negative.
then you use that print as the negative, creating a positive.

more than enough detail here (http://users.rcn.com/stewoody/makecam.htm)

that first shot is of 'old north', the pre-cosolidation 1920's-era high school that sat on the grounds of my relatively modern high school. it's the traditional breadbox, brick 2-story miedwestern high school. it's actually flat fronted, but distored due to the round oatmeal boxes. cool building on the inside...we had little league bastetball in the gym there.

tonytryout
09-16-2005, 05:32 AM
ah, I never knew that a curved box could create fish-eye photographs! :thumbsup:

nordberg
09-16-2005, 12:49 PM
ah, I never knew that a curved box could create fish-eye photographs! :thumbsup:actually, it's only curved on the horizontal axis.
vertically, there is not distortion.

ctranter
09-23-2005, 06:45 PM
Should check this out too.

http://www.squareamerica.com/