Nicole talks about one of her biggest influencers, Randy Mayer a large-format photography teacher she bumped into at a camera store who became an influence in her technical photographic life and pushed her into doing a solo exhibit.
We start off the show with a discussion on how to make an enlarger from photographic stuff most photographers have around the house.
Then, there’s a talk about a pinhole project Graham is putting together which Nick insists should be called the Kraken 612 Triclops Predator. We also talk about Nicole Small (https://www.instagram.com/nicolesmall_oneonone/) ahead of the next episode when she will be our guest for the whole show.
We start out with a variation on the Desert Island Camera question, a Quarantine Island camera and morph that into talking about cameras we can build with junk you have hanging around the house. Hint: Kites, Rockets, Coconuts, Plasti-Dip and Hardie Board.
Then, we use the Google Random Number Generator to give away several sets of Holga Masks and an early Kraken 612 development model.
Through the end of April you can get 15% off a Kraken 612 using the code RELEASETHEKRAKEN15 at my Etsy Store.
We move on to a discussion about what we’ve been doing in life and in cameras:
Nick: Hiding out at home and finishing up some regular work. Finding half-done projects. 8X10 camera build.
Ethan: Crowd-sourced Ventilators. Formed (joined?) small International group of 8-12 people to work on non-digital ventilators for people who may need lower-tech ventilators that get around the need for expensive and possibly hard to source digital components. After starting with valves. In one week produced 2 working prototype, ready for testing. This ventilator uses mechanical/pneumatic controllers instead of digital ones. The key is a 4-way diverter valve, allowing a degree of analog logic control of the airflow. Working on patent language (not for patent, but for clarity of communicating the concepts and design). Online source of projects. Ethan’s team, openventilator.io . . . , is now ranked 5 and may go to number one by the time you hear this.
We start our discussion with potential destinations for a dream photographic trip anywhere in the world.
Dave and Simon, the DangerBoyz, made a documentary film about shooting a photograph in a huge disused World War II oil storage tank in Scotland. Not only did they shoot the image in the tank, but they also set up a darkroom and developed the film and made a large format print of the tank. They talk about the film, how they met, and why they wanted to tackle this improbable task.
The discussion ranges from rock climbing to trash bag cameras, paper negatives in the dark and bickering with the world’s longest echo.
Dave and Simon talk about what project they are currently working on (is Simon a bat?). Could lava tubes be in the future? Glass plates in a fjord?
We talk about what we’ve all been doing lately: Graham has been printing copies of his 6X12 camera that has now been renamed the Kraken and has an official release date (April 16, 2020). Ethan calls dibs on the use of the name Chupacabra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra), Graham challenges Ethan for reserving the name, loses the argument but wins in the end.
We start off by talking about Ethan’s successful Kickstarter, the Brancopan. It’s been made real by you, the listeners along with others.
This week our guest is Jeff Perry from 20th Century Camera (https://20thcenturycamera.com/) We learn about Jeff’s real age (he’s nine, folks) and how he got started in photography and then built an automatic Jello Shot machine.
We find out that while Jeff likes modifying old cameras, part of his design ethic is to make any modifications reversible so the cameras can be restored to their original operation.
Jeff’s not only a camera modifier but also is a designer of full cameras, shutter systems, and the like.
Jeff makes a line of developing “reels” in sizes from 2 by 3 to 8 by 10 for sheet film (listen to the show for the full list or visit https://20thcenturycamera.com/). We get the story of the development (pun!) of these devices.
We roll on to our goals for 2020.
Graham has purchased but not yet received the book, Build Your Own View Camera!: An Easy and Inexpensive Passport to the Professional World of Photography for the Hobbyist by Bert West. He’ll let everyone know what it’s like when he gets it.
Jeff mentioned Peter Gowland (https://www.petergowland.com/) and Norman Dean (@analognmd on Instagram) who makes roll film backs for Polaroid Land cameras.
Apologies to anyone who expected this show to be released on the 21st of October, our usual release date (not that any of you actually notice we release on the 7th and 21st of each month); it was delayed due to Graham updating his computer to MacOS 10.15 and Audacity (audio editing) not updating their software to work with MacOS 10.15. He had to scramble a bit to find a computer with the old operating system but find one he did and here’s the result.
Ethan has gone off for a European Vacation so Nick and Graham, left to their own devices come up with a show about… 90 minutes in length. They open the show with a discussion of modified Holgas and how to determine the frame sizes on slit masks and then move on to a chat about the interaction between elements in a photograph is the foundation of an interesting image.
Then, to completely annoy Simon, Perry and Johnny of the Classic Lenses Podcast (https://www.classiclensespodcast.com/), they talk about using modern cheap manual focus lensesthat have been designed to go on modern digital autofocus cameras for homemade film cameras. These lenses are excellent and cheap (did we mention cheap?) and, once a shutter system is devised, can create a competent camera build.
Ethan talks about a new project he has been working on, an 8X10 3D printed camera and why his head smells like soup.
They all talk about what they’ve been doing lately. Nick is thinning stuff out (no, not his hair, though that may also be the case); Graham went to a Viking and Mead Festival where he shot portraits of people in costumes, he’s working with developing more Holga Masks, including a panoramic insert and a 645; Ethan is working on a Day-Into-Night camera. It’s also worth noting that Nick and Ethan appeared on the Sunny 16 Podcast talking about this day-into-night (or night-into-day) photographic challenge the Sunnies are foisting off on the rest of the film photography world (https://sunny16.podbean.com/e/ep-171-made-for-the-job/)
This week the gang talk about cameras that are their own dark rooms. They’re not quite instant cameras but they can produce a final positive image in about ten minutes. Some call them Afghan Street Cameras, Kamra E Faoree, Cuban Polaroids or any number of different names but they all amount to about the same thing: Pure fun for the homemakers of cameras. Hey, maybe we should use that as our new name.
Here are some links to videos about the cameras:
They also talk a bit about direct positive reversal process:
Joe Van Cleave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PFQXaDdl60
Don Froula https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50YgsRDYjL0
Finally, they issued a challenge to the listeners to produce a camera that self-develops images (film or paper).
Bonus! Here’s evidence of Nick’s clear insanity. A Wearable Amphibious Autonomous Photo Lab:
Ethan Moses of Cameradactyl and Butter Grips fame (http://www.cameradactyl.com) officially joins the team as our third wheel (3rd lens?). We get his history and interests and he entertains us with stories of crossing the country looking for Photographer’s Jeans and buying them wherever he can.
They also talk about camera sizes (turns out smaller is better for Graham while bigger is better for Nick and Ethan likes anything smaller than 1.6 Kiev 60s).