About this product
Price includes three Solarcans with new 'flavours'. All ready to use, each made to produce radically different colours.
Following the incredible success of the original Solarcan the creators are back with Solarcan Colours. A trio of Solarcan, all with a unique look and markedly different result from the original Solarcan classic.
Born from a love of photography, art & astronomy Solarcan is a unique camera designed to produce extreme time exposures that capture the Sun’s path across the sky.
Solarcan Colours took the original concept and turbo-charged it! The look of Solarcan has been redesigned for a more colourful appearance and made some adjustments inside, with each one producing a different result. They've been given fancy individual names too...
- Atlantis: Produces a cool blue finish
- Eldorado: A warm, golden appearance with solarised halos
- Nebula: A striking, duotone picture of the Sun and landscape
Wait... What does it do exactly?
Don't be confused by the concept. In reality it's remarkably simple. All you'll need to get started is a sturdy post or window that faces the Sun. Everything else is included with each Solarcan.
Once set up the Solarcan will capture the Sun's path as it traverses across the sky. Every day, the Sun will rise slightly higher or lower (depending on the season) and create a new path. Over weeks, months or even years - depending on your patience - a beautiful image will begin to form inside the Solarcan.
Take a look below at three early prototype results from Eldorado, Atlantis & Nebula Solarcan models, all included in the Solarcan Colours triple pack.:
Solarcan ELDORADO - 6 month exposure of the Sun passing over a back garden
Solarcan ATLANTIS - 6 month exposure of the Sun passing over a back garden
Solarcan NEBULA - 6 month exposure of the Sun passing over a back garden
OK, but how does Solarcan work?
Inside the Solarcan Eldorado, Atlantis & Nebula are 5x7" sheets of specially selected photographic paper. Once the black tab (pictured) is peeled away, revealing the pinhole lens, light can pass through. Over time this will gradually scorch the path the Sun is taking through the sky. Because the Solarcan is machine sealed, no liquid will pass through to damage the paper inside.
Once you've run out of patience (hopefully after several months) you simply remove the photographic paper from inside and scan or snap with a camera and invert to see your final image!
Right, but why does it look like a beverage can?
Neat, huh? We're big fans of repurposing household objects and with the standard 440ml drinks can we couldn't resist. As it so happens the shape and size is a perfect fit for standard paper dimensions. The camera's design is effectively ready-made - however, sourcing virgin ones and the machinery required to make them complete was one of the largest challenges we had to overcome during the production.
Couldn't I just build one of these on my own?
Yes you could, and we absolutely encourage you to do so if you have the supplies. Solarcan is a one-stop solution whereby no extra tools, knowledge or photographic equipment is needed to create a stunning long exposure photograph. With the instructions on the side it's practically fool-proof!
- Maximum aperture f/132
- Field of view 160°
- Media: Specially selected photographic paper
- 2 x 500mm cable ties
- Cylinder box for safe keeping
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