Experiments with Camera Obscura

Several time i’d had the impression that the bedroom was behaving as a Camera Obscura, but i couldn’t make out the image well enough to understand what i was seeing. It’s certainly a matter of chance as to how the curtains are arranged…

One morning i picked up my phone and snapped the following image:

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which is rather indistinct! Forgetting that image would be inverted (vertically flipped) i guessed that i was seeing stretched / repeated chimney pots on a building opposite.

As my phone was struggling to find focus, or meter anything useful, i grabbed a few shots with the 5D… and promptly forgot about it. The following weekend, while processing the images on that card i came across them again, and realised that they were inverted. Rotating them results in this:

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which is much more obviously a building outside the window. Cool!

All it takes is blackout curtains, a gap, and a view… unfortunately without a mobile home it’s a rather limited camera.

Visions of a flat sided van turned into a camera are swiftly brushed aside.

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