October 10, 2013

Golden Gate Bridge, California

Photograph by Abelardo Morell

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Morell, recently retired as a professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, created this image of the Golden Gate Bridge using a camera obscura and the ground as a canvas.

See more pictures from the October 2013 feature story "Visions on Earth."

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30 comments
c. lin
c. lin

mark it!wonderful!

sushree shashwata
sushree shashwata

I am seeing picture of this technique for the first time. Its amazing, gives so much more character to the photo.

Roxa HO
Roxa HO

interesting! to make something new1

Shannon T
Shannon T

Wow, that's amazing. I need to learn how to do that.

Keith Johnson
Keith Johnson

Camera obscura originally used (as I've read) as a tool for artists as an aid - back in the day, way back. 

Tim D.
Tim D.

Excellent.  A lost art predating photography by a couple of thousand years.


Kandias Overton
Kandias Overton

What a clever photo. I used to go to the camera obscura at Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs. It is gone now. It was projected onto a white canvas.  I never thought of projecting onto the ground. Simply awesome.

Abhinav Singh
Abhinav Singh

Can anyone please tell the details of how this picture was created??


Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

Initially I thought it was created through the use of water on the lens of the camera.  The effect is a kind of textural pointillism crossed with cinecolor exposure.  

It is thoughtful and brave - Of course, there are two photos above - and I like them both.  


Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 7/10 zoom lenses 

Andrew Donnelly
Andrew Donnelly

@Abhinav Singh  This is a tent-camera image. A tent is set up and then the camera obscura technique (basically a giant pinhole camera using a periscope type lens) is used to project an image down onto whatever surface the tent is set up over. Then he takes a photo of that projection. It is not the fusion of two images.

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