View Full Version : True or False? You be the judge . . .

Micah Marty
16-Jun-2000, 15:52
American/Parisian photographer Man Ray tells this story (don't try this with imp ortant clients!):

". . . I've even taken photographs without a lens on my camera. Once, I had to p hotograph a painter and I arrived with my studio camera and tripod and everythin g. I started to set up, but I'd forgotten the lens. I knew the size of my lens b ecause I prescribed my own glasses, I knew optics so well. I knew that my lens h ad a 12-inch focal length, but of course I realized it would be a very fuzzy pic ture. I had a roll of tape and taped my own eyeglass lens onto the opening in my camera and just let the black cloth down, with a little hole in it, to diaphrag m it. I opened the cloth and let it down, and I got the portrait of Matisse--a b eautiful, soft-focus photograph with all the details visible."

So next time someone with glasses asks you, "What lens should I buy?" you can (i f you believe Man Ray) just tell them to save their money for film (because they 'll probably want to bracket a bit!). . . .

16-Jun-2000, 17:12
sure it's true! and I once saw McGuyver build a 20x24 view camera out of a jar of mayonnaise, an old Gideon's Bible and two lines of cocaine. Why, I myself built a pinhole camera out of my rectum and the hood off of a '63 pontiac Sun Chief....it uses coffee instead of film.

Steve Singleton
16-Jun-2000, 20:41
Not only that, but if you wear bifocals, you've got one of those trick near-far filters!

Don Sparks
17-Jun-2000, 10:36
Also with Trib's pinhole camera, your pictures will have a nice brown tone.

John H. Henderson
19-Jun-2000, 09:57
Don't think this will work well with my astigmatism!