(Camera:Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 50mm macro. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/7.1. ISO: 200)

Here are some photo-related links from around the blogosphere to check out.

During the space shuttle Atlantis’ mission to repair the Hubble space telescope, astrophotographer Thierry Legault used a telescope to capture both objects silhouetted against the sun as they orbited the Earth. Timing was crucial with Legault having only from 0.3 to 0.8 seconds to shoot as the shuttle and telescope during the solar transit or flyby between the Earth and Sun from his vantage point in Florida.

“If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight.” – George Gobal
A photogram is one of the simplest ways  to make a picture. Just place whatever you want on a piece of photographic paper of sheet film and expose it to a light source. Develop the paper and you have an instant silhouette of the object. Artist Robert Buelteman has added a twist to the technique. Instead of a light source, he’s added an electric current to the objects on color film. The resulting photograms have a haunting glow and unearthly colors.

If you set it free…
Back in the days of film a bulk loader was something used by photographers on a budget. It would take 100-feet long rolls of 35mm film so that one could roll sections of it into the smaller film cassettes. It wasn’t hard to do but it was boring and tedious. Most photographers hated doing it, but it did save money.

Mike Mitchell on his Online Photographer blog wrote a touching and true story about a return of a long forgotten bulk loader in the mail from an admirer of his work from the other side of the world. Truly an amazing story.

I’m shocked, just shocked!
In the digital era, I believe that the lowly disposable camera will be the last bastion of filmdom. I believe that people who aren’t photographically inclined and don’t want to pay big bucks for a digital camera, can just buy a disposable film camera to suit their occasional photographic needs. Just look at your local grocery check out stand and there’s likely to be a disposable camera on the display rack.

I remember years ago a reader brought in a disposable camera. He shot some spot news event that we couldn’t get to and came to us to develop the film and run the pictures in the paper. I went into our film processing room turned out the lights and proceeded to dismantle the camera. fumbling around in the dark I inadvertently touched the leads to the camera’s built-in strobe and got a painful jolt to my fingers. To add insult to injury, I found out that the camera was the type that rolled the exposed film back into the cassette as it took the pictures and I didn’t have to open it in the dark after all.

If you don’t have a birthday or graduation to take pictures of, here’s another use for those disposable cameras. The website has step-by-step instructions on how to make a ring flash from those one-time-use cameras. A ring flash is used in macro photography and in portraiture as well. It gives shadowless illumination to close-ups and creates a halo-like shadow when used to take portraits. The strobes can cost up to several hundred dollars, but as the website shows, they can be made from next to nothing.

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