Day 56 – Camera Obscura

I’ve driven by this building 1,000 along Ocean Blvd. in Palisades Park above PCH, the pier, and the Ocean.  I know it’s nestled in with the senior center, but have never researched it or gone in, so I didn’t know anything about.  But… it says camera and the logo contains an old fashioned camera, so I thought I’d make this the photo of the day and do a little research, and I’m glad I did!  I think I will be checking this out this weekend!  From what I’ve read in the reviews, it’s a great place to check out, is free, and takes all but 10 minutes of your day.  I understand that especially if you are interested in photography, this is something to check out, which I have started.

What is a camera obscura? From Wikipedia, “A camera obscura (Latin for “dark room”) is an optical device that led to photography and the photographic camera. The device consists of a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from an external scene passes through the hole and strikes a surface inside, where it is reproduced, inverted (thus upside-down), but with color and perspective preserved. The image can be projected onto paper, and can then be traced to produce a highly accurate representation.”

For you enthusiasts out there, take a look at the article and learn a bit more!  I’m looking forward to experiencing this place for myself.  From my understanding, there aren’t many of these in the world open to the public, so having one here in Santa Monica that provides a 360 degree view is something not to be taken for granted!

Camera Obscura is located:

  • Senior Recreation Center
    1450 Ocean Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90407
  • Get Directions
  • Phone number(310) 458-2239

They also have various art classes – can’t wait to try one out!

Shot with Canon 5DmkIII, 70-200mm f/2.8L, 70mm, ISO 6400, 1/125″, f/2.8

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