Remember these guys?
Last year, I installed five “Solarcans” – a Kickstarter-funded aluminum beverage can / photography paper pinhole photo project, piercing a particularly precise puncture, for a pleasantly powerful passive panorama.
With only the light of the traveling sun in the sky illuminating the project, I set these cans at various locations in Albany, with the hope of creating an awesome photo over an extended period of time.
I’ve garnered two successful Solarcan images already – Solarcan #367 soaked for a few weeks, while I pulled a six-month soak out of Solarcan #370.
That’s Solarcan 367 above.
And this is a six-month blaze from Solarcan 370.
Solarcan #368 was stored on a signpost in St. Agnes Cemetery in Albany; I installed it last July, and harvested it yesterday. That’s a ten-month bake.
Okay. Dead of night. Cracked open the can. Placed the photography paper on my flatbed scanner, and…
Now that’s impressive.
But you know that’s just the inverse. Now I have to flip the negative into a positive, and use some enhancement techniques to really bring out the details in a ten-month exposure.
And after a little fiddling and foddling…
Here’s what came out.
Baby baby baby.
That is the strongest Solarcan image I’ve been able to pull!
And I’ve got two more Solarcans out there …
One that I’m going to open at the end of June, for a solstice-to-solstice bake…
And one that I’m opening in July, for a one-year exposure.
This is some seriously abstract stuff here.
And for now … it’s going in the short pile for Competition Season 2018.
Because if I can pull this one …
I can only imagine what the other two Solarcans have inside them.
Man oh man, I want to crack them open right now and take a peek.
No, Chuck, you can’t do that. You gotta wait. You can’t open your Christmas presents on December 1st.
Besides, isn’t it true that good things come to all those who wait?