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Cameratruck Takes Shots 3000x the Size of 35mm

Shaun Irving takes photographs is an atypical manner. He uses a whole truck.

His custom rig is a giant camera made out of the backside of a truck, fitted with a variety of military surplus lenses (one is from a submarine periscope). He parks the vehicle, aiming the rear bumper at his target, and the landscape is projected upside down into the truck/camera. He works inside to take the shot, hanging the film like a giant tapestry to be exposed.

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His method is a lot like that of John Chiara (here's a clip of that artist's equally awesome large scale photography).

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Wouldn't a large format camera be a great additional to GM 2011 model line? Imagine, A/C, passenger side airbags, XM radio and, oh sure, throw in the huge camera!

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DISCUSSION

It's a form of "camera obscura". If you wikipedia it you'll see that this idea dates back to Arab scientist Abu Ali Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haitham (965-1039 AD).

Of course until the time of Niépce and Daguerre the camera obscura could only be used for viewing live images or tracing them on to paper by hand.