Remember the Erie Canal from Elementary School History?

by Bob Dilworth January. 20, 2017 928 views


Portion of the old Erie Canal locks in Sidecut Metropark, Toledo, Ohio USA

Portion of the old Erie Canal locks in Sidecut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio USA

Sidecut Metropark in Maumee, Ohio (USA) still has a portion of the old Miami and Erie canal locks that peppered this part of the country in the 1800s. This particular lock was part of a branch (side cut) that connected the main line of of the canal with the city of Maumee. Three of the six original locks from the canal system are preserved.

The photo was taken with a Zero Image 135 pinhole camera, HP5 film, processed in HC110 developer (formula E), and digitally scanned with an Epson V600 scanner.


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Jill Bahm 4 years, 1 month ago

I love this! I'm hoping to experiment with some "old-school" cameras this year. I'd love to try a pinhole camera!

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Bob Dilworth Replied to Jill Bahm 4 years, 1 month ago

You should totally do it! It's a whole lot of fun. You never know exactly what you'll get. :-)

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Jill Bahm Replied to Bob Dilworth 4 years, 1 month ago

Did you make your own or did you buy one?

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Bob Dilworth Replied to Jill Bahm 4 years, 1 month ago

After doing some internet research, including considering making one of my own out of a matchbox(!), I bought a 35mm film version pinhole camera for $106 (shipping included) from a company called Zero Image in Hong Kong. Delivery is really fast ... received it 4 days. Here'a link: http://zeroimage.com/Pinhole_Camera_135_2015_BTN.html

Kind of pricey I guess but it sure is a lot of fun. For grins, here's a link to a website that shows you how to make your own 35mm pinhole camera out of a matchbox. It's still on my to-do list. http://www.thephoblographer.com/2016/12/30/matchbox-pinhole-camera-fun/

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Jill Bahm Replied to Bob Dilworth 4 years, 1 month ago

Great - thanks!! I might try the DIY approach first to see how that goes. I'll keep you posted!

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Helen Hooker 4 years, 1 month ago

This is so atmospheric and I love the effect the pinhole long exposure has had on the water.

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Bob Dilworth Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Helen! :-)

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