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  • Posted on: 19 April 2017
  • By: gordon

A camera designed for extremely long exposures? Sign me up! 

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.


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 in a single Solarcan package! 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.


OK, but how does Solarcan work?

Inside the Solarcan is a 5x7" piece of high grade Ilford 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! What's really great is a complete set of instructions are included on the Solarcan body itself.


What are the specifications?

Maximum aperture f/132

Field of view 160°

Media: Ilford Pearl 5x7"


2 x 500mm cable ties

Cylinder box for safe keeping

Solarcan Examples



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