transparent solargraphy camera prototype [my pinhole cameras series #13]

On August 6th, Anton Orlov published Introducing CLERA – 1st Transparent Camera!, a very interesting post about a transparent lens camera.

After reading the post and having some discussion with several friends I decided to build a prototype of a transparent solargraphy camera with the aim of following, if it works as expected, the creation of the solargraphy image in real time.

I am posting here some photographs of the model and its construction as well as a picture of the camera placed in location on the balcony of my home pointing towards the Sagrada Familia building in Barcelona.

Draft drawing of the prototype
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the pieces laser drilled in transparent red methacrylate

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assembling the camera with chloroform

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aluminum foil with the pinhole

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the camera loaded with b&w photographic paper

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a panoramic view wit the camera placed in location ready to start registering the sun trails

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I will keep you posted of the outcome!!

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8 thoughts on “transparent solargraphy camera prototype [my pinhole cameras series #13]

    • Thank you very much, Carles!
      The triangle volume was to use the minimum amount of material for placing the paper in a semicircular way making the focal length constant. It has some “building problems though so, if the experiment works as expected, I will make a different shape, simply a cuboid with some “ribs” to hold the paper in position.

  1. Wow, that’s very cool! I was thinking to myself, How could a camera be transparent? And when I saw that it was red, I thought, Of course. Looking forward to seeing the pictures you make with it!

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