The Contents of Solarcan #369

Remember how I said that I acquired FIVE Solarcan passive photography cameras?  Yes.  I installed four of them in one location in Menands.

Last December, I installed the fifth one in downtown Albany.

And here’s the installation.

Right on the Hudson and Green parking garage, with a clear view of downtown Albany.  Well, at least the downtown that has a fantastic view of the Greyhound bus station. :p

Please note – when I do any sort of photography project that involves leaving my camera (or myself with the camera) for long periods of time, I always ask permission of the property owners.  Getting that can installed on the parking garage roof took a LOT of negotiation.  Especially since, to the untrained eye, that Solarcan kinda looks like … well … something someone would stick in a beer can for ulterior means.

Yesterday, I decided to harvest one of my two remaining Solarcans.  The location in Menands was closed to traffic.  Ergo …

Down this can comes.

All right, let’s get this bad boy scanned and …



Uh oh.

Solarcan 369.

That’s … not good.  A four month bake and I got … that.

I mean, I can make out some shapes and lines and whatnot…

Oh who the hell am I kidding?  I can’t make a goddamn thing out on this one.


Well, you know what?  At least I tried.

And maybe these Solarcans work best when the sun is the only illumination visible in the pinhole.  Perhaps passing headlights and street lights were more destructive to the image than I had fathomed.

Oh well … you can’t get everything to work properly every time.

And if nothing else, I still have an amazing Solarcan 370 photo, which now moves into the captain’s position in Competition Season.  In fact, as I write this, I’m already adding Solarcan 368 to my list for the San Francisco competition.

In fact … now that I think about it some more … just calling a photo “Solarcan 368” means nothing.  I need a title that is more appropriate to the image.

And I have one.

American Dreamtime: Solarcan 368. Solarcan pinhole camera, 10-month exposure. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

The picture is now branded “American Dreamtime: Solarcan 368,” and pays tribute to the history and culture of our ancestors.  In Australian aboriginal culture, the “Dreamtime” is the culmination of the spirits that created life and nature, and is highly prized and revered by Australia’s first people.

Since this photo looks like the formation of a dream, I’m christening it “American Dreamtime: Solarcan 368.”  Have to at least keep that sobriquet of how the photo was created.

And I still have one Solarcan left … it’s currently cooking in Menands right now.  And it should be done in time for me to either consider it – or Solarcan 368 – for other entries in Competition Season 2018.

It was worth a try, Solarcan 369.  But it’s just like baseball.

Even the greatest hitter in the world still makes an out two out of five times at bat.