A Solarcan Sunset on Swan Street.


A few years ago, I sponsored a Kickstarter campaign in which a UK photography enthusiast created a passive camera setup – beer cans filled with photo-sensitive paper. The idea was to place these passive cameras – “Solarcans” – outdoors to capture the sun’s rays. Of the five Solarcans I received, three of them produced usable images, while one actually got on the walls in Syracuse back in 2018.

American Dreamtime: Solarcan 368. Photographic paper inside pinhole-modified beer can, 10-month exposure. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.


Recently, a new line of reuseable Solarcans – Solarcan Pucks – were Kickstartered. And I received my “thank you for backing me” box of five, along with a pack of photo paper inserts. I’m saving two of these Solarcans for photo projects for 2023 and 2024 … but for now, I wanted to test this little construct out.

I live in the Town and Village of Green Island, and we do get sunrises and sunsets at various locations here. The sun rises over the Hudson River and sets against I-787. All I need is a location where I can affix this little Solarcan Puck for a couple of days, and see what transpires.

I found a decent location at the corner of Swan and West Streets. This way I could get at least a clear shot of the sunset. If this works.

Solarcan affixed to a stop sign post. Hopefully nobody will notice it.

Two days later … I took the Solarcan off the stop sign post.

And let’s see what I got from two days of blaze.

Solarcan Sunset Over Swan Street. Solarcan Puck passive camera, two days of exposure. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Holy Helios, Batman … That’s freakin’ impressive for two days.

Gee … I wonder what two weeks of blaze might get me …

Or … what the hell … two months of blaze.

Yes. Chuck is having ideas again.

And these might be fun ideas. 😀