Posted in design and architecture, electronic imaging and displays, food, Optics

Pinhole pumpkin Camera

Three jack-o'-lanterns illuminated from within...
Smiling Jack-o-lanterns pose for the camera. Image via Wikipedia

Happy Halloween everybody! A little trick-and-treat to make for yourself this fine fall festival.

From NPR‘s Picture Show Blog:

Every year, this time of year, normal people nationwide gather ’round spreads of newspaper to carve glowing, ghoulish jack-o’-lanterns. And for about a month’s-worth of sporadic lunch breaks, we, too, have been carving a pumpkin … into a camera! Much to our amazement, it actually worked.

See the how-to video on NPR.

Their only advice: “The image from our first camera came out completely black because the camera was not sufficiently lightproof. we highly recommend this project if you can find a darkroom. Although it’s time-intensive, meticulous and, at times, a total pain, it’s worth it to watch the image emerge in the darkroom.”

Check out these other cool pumpkin cams they came across: one using photo paper and one using film.

Have other cool combinations of photography and pumpkins or other veggies? Share them here!

Posted in communication and networking, electronic imaging and displays, food, Illumination

Technical pumpkins

A geek’s love of science and technology comes through even in their art. WIRED (who else?) has a photo gallery of technically-inspired jack-o-lanterns, and have now extended their contest for those of us who waited to carve our pumpkins so they didn’t melt before the big day. This is a great example of new technology spotlighted in old-fashioned illumination. Would it defeat the whole purpose to carve a lightbulb onto a pumpkin?

It’s now raining at my house, though, so I don’t know if my pumpkins will even make it outside. Phooey!