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Welcome to my blog.  I normally don't have a lot of time; so, my posts tend to be rather short. But if I find something interesting and have some time to post; I will create a blog entry.

Awagami Factory Paper

I have started working with a very nice inkjet printer paper now available from Moab called Moenkopi Washi Unryu 55.  This is a traditional Japanese Washi long fiber mulberry paper produced by the Awagami Factory in Japan.  Moab is currently selling three papers produced by the Awagami Factory under the Moenkopi Washi label; Unryu 55Kozo 110 and Bizan 300.

The photograph below was taken with the Unryu 55 paper lit from the side to show the fiber texture in the paper.

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I was originally concerned the texture of the paper would be a problem for my HP Z3200; but, the Z3200 does a very nice job when printing to this paper.

The Unryu 55 paper itself is a delicate looking paper with some translucent qualities.  That being said; the paper is actually very sturdy.  The long fibers make it somewhat more difficult to tear the a cotton rag paper of the same weight.

The Awagami Factory produces many other papers which are not available from Moab.  Sample packs can be purchased directly from the Awagami Factory.  The Awagami Factory website also has a good history of paper making and close up photographs of all of their papers.

About Pinhole Optics Designer

The Pinhole Optics Designer software is now available as a service on this web site. The Designer can generate a PDF file suitable for photo reduction; and, currently supports the generation of Pinholes, Zone Plates and Pinhole Sieves.

I developed this software for my own experimental work; and, am interested in any feedback anyone can give me with regard to the software.

I currently have the generation of Photon Sieves disabled because I am working on improving the performance of the algorithm.

Light Blue Optics

Following is a link to the technology for Holographic Laser Projection (HLP™) from Light Blue Optics Technology Oveview

The Impossible Project

The Impossible Project is a group which has acquired the former Polaroid factory in Enschede Netherlands.  Their aim is to produce new films for instant photography.  The group has announced a press event scheduled for March 22, 2010 with details.

More information on the project can be found on their original web site The Impossible Project 2009.

Existing stocks of instant film, cameras and accessorise can also be purchased from their web site.

MIT Course on Optics

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has much of their course content available on the Internet their MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) program.  Of particular interest to me is their course on Optics.  The course includes lecture notes, problem sets and a video introduction.

Transparent Film Base

UV/Vis spectral scans of film I have tested with can be found on the Film Base page.


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