NaNoWriMo 2005

more home-brew photography

Should I make the bellows myself or buy a bellows?:

That is the question. I have been pondering large format images but realize I have zero interest in working with sheet film. So the next best thing is a large format camera with a roll-film back. And since all that works out to is a bellows with ground glass at one end and a lens board at the other, how hard is it to build one?

Probably harder than I imagine, though there are lots of plans. The bellows is the tricky part, I think. The instructions seem a tad vague and hand-wavey and you’d think that photographs taken by photography enthusiasts of photography equipment or technique would be, you know, better. Should kvetch until I do it myself, I suppose.

I expect I’ll document the complete folder -> pinhole camera transformation soon. I’m about done, once I get the cable release affixed.

NaNoWriMo 2005


I stumbled onto this site thanks to Kottke, and it made me lust terribly for a pinhole camera of my own. This looks like a great way to get into large format photography without a lot of expense. There’s something eerie about how time — the long exposures — makes people invisible.

I also found a site that offers tips on how to make a pinhole for an SLR, so you get the metering, winder and a light-tight case, and a lot fewer questions (large format and pinhole cameras tend to attract that sort of thing).

And if it works, you could do this:
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day – home:

Anyone, anywhere in the world, who makes a pinhole photograph on the last Sunday in April, can scan it and upload it to this website where it will become part of the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebration’s online gallery.

NaNoWriMo 2005

quoted without comment

Health insurance and the paradox of choice:

Health insurance and the paradox of choice
It’s that time of year again, when we get to change health
care plans. There’s nothing like spending
a day trying to figure out whether a 90/70 PPO plan with
a $500 deductible and 80% home health care is better
than a 90/70 Managed POS plan with a $750 deductible and
90% home health care benefit (not to mention the
Blue Shield and Aetna variants) to make you appreciate a
a one-size-fits all single payer plan.

But how does anyone make any money with that?

NaNoWriMo 2005

Friday Random Ten: when did I last hear some of this? edition

My Back Pages / Byrds /
We Were Both Wrong / Dave Edmunds / Repeat When Necessary
I Hope You’re Happy Now / Elvis Costello / The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (Disc 2)
Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis) / Robyn Hitchcock / Globe of Frogs
Point Of No Return / Elvis Costello / Spike Bonus Disc
Celebrate / Simple Minds / Themes for Great Cities
Beautiful Day / U2 / All That You Can’t Leave Behind
The American / Simple Minds / Themes for Great Cities
Molto vivace / CSO-Fritz Reiner / Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, “Choral”
Lovefool / The Cardigans / First Band on the Moon