March 14, 2013

Getting the big picture.



That's "Today's featured picture" on Wikipedia's main page:
The Great Picture is a 32-by-111-foot (9.8 by 34 m) photograph on muslin taken to mark the end of 165 years of film/chemistry-based photography and the start of the age of digital photography. It was taken by converting an old hangar into a pinhole camera.
Nice choice of sublinks. Don't bother with "photography" or "film," but do take us to muslin and hangar and pinhole camera

13 comments:

edutcher said...

Too bad the link doesn't show the picture close enough to see how great it art.

traditionalguy said...

Too big did not look. *TBDNL*

EDH said...

Muslin extremism.

wyo sis said...

Interesting idea.
I'd like to see the photo in more detail. The subject matter is extremely limited.

rhhardin said...

Photography went downhill when the Justice department wouldn't let Kodak sell color processing as part of the film cost.

I did long ago make a pinhole camera print (negative on photographic paper, and contact printed from that) of the oldest building on campus, aged in tea and dog eared, and placed among the pages of the oldest library book I could find.

That was back when they had books.

bagoh20 said...

At first I think "hey that's cool".

Then after thinking, I came to the realization that it's stupid. It was done just to be the biggest. It's a poor photograph, that took a lot of work and money and will be difficult and expensive to now maintain, and it will still be a poor photo with little historical value.

I'm just too practical to to get this. I'm going back to my extensive collection of early model IBM PCs running the 2 million lines of code I created to organize my sock drawer.

Mitchell the Bat said...

I guess that was a good way to use up all the leftover chemicals.

Andrew said...

Digital photography has no soul. I can't imagine Ansel embracing it

David said...

What a cool idea. Hope they properly preserve the photo. It could be a future icon.

Rusty said...

Cool!

Strelnikov said...

How much tax money was spent to generate this monstrosity? Somehow, I feel that I payed for this.

Michael said...

Bagoh20. You do not need so much code for your sock drawer. You need a laundry bag and a bit of discipline. 1. Buy six or more pair of identical socks. 2. Leave them in the bag for the moment. 3. Take all socks in current inventory and put them in a garbage bag. 4. Wear no socks for one week during which time errant and unmatched socks will appear in your laundry stuck to the inside of other garmets. 5. Put errant socks in garbage bag and secure top of bag. 6. Put new socks into rotation. 7. After each use put dirty socks in laundry bag and secure top. 8. Use this procedure until it is time to wash them which you should do by leaving them in the mesh laundry bag.

This system works. All of your socks will be matched perfectly for three of four weeks at which point one or more of the new socks will disappear and one or more old errant socks will appear. After one year repeat process

campy said...

Nice choice of sublinks. Don't bother with "photography" or "film," but do take us to muslin and hangar and pinhole camera.

Why not sublink "foot" for those poor benighted souls forced to use the metric system?