The Cameravan is now placed indoors. I will paint and decorate it during Easter week, the only week I could get room for it. Weather forecast is not very good, so it seems a nice activity, after all.
Checking lights before moving the van. It proved that my car had foulty connections to the van, so I had to use another.
Ready for painting
In the garage, this side will be painted first. This is the Camera front.
The Cameravan will hopefully dry up during the weekend so it is ready for painting monday morning.
Here are three lens projections, with focus set at different depths:
Lens projection set at approx. infinity.
- Lens projection with focus at approx two meters
Lens projection with focus at less than one meter
A Rodenstock Apo-Ronar 600mm f:9 technical lens can now be used in the Cameravan. The lens is mounted to the lens plate from the front of the lens, so it can be handled from the inside of the camera. It can also be mounted on the outside, there are threads both front and back of the lens. A short test showed that a 1:1 photo will fill a 70x100cm film area without problems, and a 2:1 photo will fill even more. That’s some macro lens 🙂
A trailer with a lens. 600mm Apo Ronar seen from the outside of the trailer.
A closer look at the lens:
Almost two kilograms of glass in front of the Cameravan.
Next post will give you a picture of what this lens can give inside the Cameravan.
At last the «lens mount» is in place on the Giant Mobile Camera, and now it is possible to change between different holes, and even lenses, too.
This is where the «lens mount» is supposed to be placed.
This is the lens mount. It has an old lock system from a Graflex Crown Graphic to hold the «lens plates»
«Lens mount» with silicon glue
«Lens mount» from inside. The «lens plates» are mounted from inside the Cameravan. In case of a lens, it can also be mounted and handled inside the camera.
The diameter of the hole is 14 cm, room enough for a rather big lens.
A «lens plate» with variable aperture
An old Compur shutter with all the shutter mechanics removed functions as a variable aperture. Quite nice, I think 🙂
The aperture stopped down
Next is to make different shaped holes for demonstration purposes, for this I will be using slide frames with black tape inside. I have a «lens plate» ready for this. I will also make a holder for a 600 mm Apo-Ronar lens.
At last the cameravan came on television:
The Giant Mobile Camera on TV
Here is a photoshopped combination of two pictures + an imaginary screen inside the cameravan:
Just to give you an impression: This is pretty much what it will look like inside the cameravan when it is finished. A little more tidying will probably be done.
In addition I will make a movable screen that is smaller and can be used for other types of photography.
Before I started to rib the camper from it’s inventary, I asked my pupils to make some photos with the theme «Camping life». The results are here:
Around year 2000 I found a postcard from my hometown Honningsvåg taken 1951, three years before my birth. How cool wouldn’t it be to take a picture from the same spot, exactly fifty years after. So I did find the spot where the photographer must have stood back in 1951, and in 2001 i took a picture from the same spot:
First the original postcard:
Then my picture from 2001:
I have not published this before, in fact I had forgotten it, but today I came across the old postcard on a facebook link, and then I thought I had to publish it.
Another video from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo:
Madison from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo.
A wonderful video about a fantastic project in the USA:
American Dream from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo.