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Ulf Axmacher

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Hello,

First, I'm very glad to have found this forum.
I've been experimenting with alternative photographic processes for many years, so it's nice to find like-minded folks.

I recently built a pinhole camera for making stereo pairs to view in a standard stereo viewer.
I'm using 5x7 Harman DP paper for in-camera prints.
Our friend Joe Van Cleave recommended I join this forum and make this post to put my project out there and get some feedback.

I documented the whole project on a website: https://stereopinhole.wixsite.com/photo
In the top menu of the website, you will find detailed sections on the camera, preflashing, exposure, processing, and viewing, plus a gallery at the end.
Here's a few photos to give you the general idea. The website has many more photos.


Print_01_Bridge.jpg

A print made with the camera. The original is 3.7" x 7"


Camera_01.JPG

Front view of the camera with pinhole caps in place.
Note there are three pinholes for making either stereo prints or regular mono prints.



Camera_03.JPG

Rear view of the camera, showing the 5x7 film holder.


Viewing_Viewer with print.jpg

The print mounted in the stereo viewer, ready for 3-D viewing.

I'm very satisfied with the results. The stereo views are captivating,
and of course, the pinhole gives the prints that special je ne sais quoi.
I'd be very happy to hear from you with comments or questions.
And if you know of anyone else doing similar work, please let me know.
 
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Ulf Axmacher

Ulf Axmacher

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Oh, one more thing... I put a fair amount of work into "taming" Harman DP paper with preflash, exposure, and processing to achieve a decent tonal range.
So even if you aren't interested in the stereo aspect, you might find those sections on my website useful if you are interested in using that paper in your pinhole cameras.
Preflash in particular makes a big difference in the quality of Harman DP prints.
 
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