BBC Four did an Instructable: How to make a camera obscura

I wonder if they know that they did?

For some reason the video-embed says the video is no longer available. It is, I just watched it.

The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcv4CxQ1I-A

But, if that doesn't work either:

An Italian photographer takes over a room in a Venetian palace. They cover all the windows in opaque black plastic sheets. They wait a moment to let their eyes get used to the dark, then cut a hole in the plastic, about 3 inches square.

An image of the view outside appears "magically" on the wall opposite - upside down, but perfect in every colourful detail.


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zachninme9 years ago
No longer available D:
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What?? I only looked at it half an hour ago!

(Furtles about)

Try this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcv4CxQ1I-A
the link does not work neither.

Is this one related ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC5xytpXw40
This one works, for now (but I doubt for long.)

Very cool stuff! But does anyone besides me see the irony: (quote from show)

"They've been invited to build a camera obsura at a music festival on top of Mount Fuji, giving festival goers sweeping views of Tokyo."

Why climb Mount Fuji, just to experience it second-hand via technology? (cool archaic tech or not...)
Goodhart gmoon9 years ago
Because they can ? ;-)
gmoon Goodhart9 years ago
hehe. Well, I can go to Yosemite Valley, and walk around with my head in a bucket of water...but I don't think it would enhance the experience.

This is just my reaction to the the 'tech umbilical cord' I see many people attached to these days--if they're outdoors, they're generally generally listening to an iPod or talking on the cell...anything but interacting with the environment. I don't really care if people do it, of course.

After a websearch, I don't think the Mt. Fuji festival is actually held on Fuji, anyway. I'm thinking the BBC might have that part wrong (although I can't say for sure....)

(It's also a climber's POV: I'm equally disdainful of people who drive up Mt Washington or Pikes Peak--even though the vast majority who summit do so in cars...)
Goodhart gmoon9 years ago
This is just my reaction to the the 'tech umbilical cord' I see many people attached to these days--if they're outdoors, they're generally generally listening to an iPod or talking on the cell...anything but interacting with the environment. I don't really care if people do it, of course.

Oh I completely understand...I guess my comment was more along the lines of:

A "hack" might be defined as a person that likes to understand things in many ways and forms, not "just" one way.
gmoon Goodhart9 years ago
A "hack" might be defined as a person that likes to understand things in many ways and forms, not "just" one way.

I agree, this just pushes more than one of my own peculiar buttons...;-)
Kiteman (author)  gmoon9 years ago
I can see the appeal in a camera obscura on Mt Fuji. I've been to a couple of large ones, and made one you fit your head in, and seeing the image inverted - but not on TV - makes you focus more. You have to consider each element individually to identify it.

Rather than looking at the panorama as a single entity, and going "wow", it really helps you grok the whole as a gestalt of the many.
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