June 15, 2006

The world's largest photograph.

It will be 31 feet by 111 feet and will take 10 days to develop. It will use 20 gallons of emulsion, 200 gallons of black-and-white developer solution, and 600 gallons of fixer. What image is worth this grand effort? El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Why that? Because the hangar is the camera.

6 comments:

Goesh said...

Wow! What a feat!

MadisonMan said...
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MadisonMan said...

This sounds really interesting. I hope the new subdivision will have street names like Instamatic Avenue, Brownie Boulevard, Kodak Court and Polaroid Place.

Tibore said...

The old photo geek in me finds this really cool. I'd love to take a peek inside that hangar during the exposure.

"The photographers joke that they are also making the world's largest disposable camera. When they are done, the hangar will be torn down."

Hehe... I think for their next feat, they should create the worlds largest Polaroid sheet, then push the picture out under the hangar door once it's complete.

:)

Bob said...

That is way-cool - industrial-scale photography. It's also appealing because of the, dang, what's the word - the way it won't be possible to capture exactly the same image after the hanger is gone and whatever replaces it is built.

Senescent Wasp said...

Pinhole cameras, simple enclosures with no lens, can be really fascinating. In high school, a photography exercise to illustrate depth of field led me down the usual teen aged garden path of wretched excess. The flip side was that I learned a tremendous amount about light and its' properties, some really fascinating applied math and experimental design.

The only product of note was a single 4x5 negative and a larger print showing a tack sharp representation of trees on a hillside eleven miles away. It used a ten foot cardboard tube and infra-red film. The reward? Four weeks detention for sneaking up on the roof of the sciences building. They never did find out who had charged $600 in infra-red film sheets and chemicals to the school's account.

Lesson learned? The best education is the one you give yourself.