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Pumpkin camera

One of things I do is disguise my camera with various bellows camera knockoffs. For Halloween, I decided to disguise the camera as a pumpkin. Most of these shots were quick grab shots with the E-5, including a few that I had forgotten I had it in spot metering mode, and had to pull the colors up.

Here is the current setup, with the E-P2 inside of a plastic pumpkin pail meant for trick or treating, with the 14-150mm lens taking the part of the nose. I have my FL-36 tucked inside of a lantern I got from Hallmark. I'm using the Yongnuo remote viewer and shutter release I picked up from ebay, so I didn't have to cut a hole in the back to view the screen:
http://www.the-meissners.org/2011-small-albums/2011-hide-cam . . .

This shows the Yongnuo unit in action:
http://www.the-meissners.org/2011-small-albums/2011-hide-cam . . .

Here is a closeup:
http://www.the-meissners.org/2011-small-albums/2011-hide-cam . . .

FL-36 inside the lantern:
http://www.the-meissners.org/2011-small-albums/2011-hide-cam . . .

Hole cut out for the lens:
http://www.the-meissners.org/2011-small-albums/2011-hide-cam . . .

I had hoped to spend the Sunday before Halloween finishing up the camera, and making it easier to assemble and take apart, but we didn't have power, so I had to go to the party with the camera as it was. The big thing I would do is attach the lantern to the pumpkin, as I had it fall off twice, and put a base inside to make it easier to put the camera in/out.

Michael Meissner
Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:40:51 +0000

That's very cool. I spent some time thinking of ways to capture the Halloween night events on my camcorder. Finally, I just left it on a stand in my house aimed at a door. Next time, I'll use your trick and stuff it in a pumpkin and put it outside with the rest of the decorations. :-)

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 03 Nov 2011 23:59:28 +0000

One thing to consider is whether you want to use a real pumpkin or a plastic one. I decided after awhile to use the plastic one that I got at the local drugstore, but it might be cooler to use a real pumpkin. I'm already thinking of maybe a snowman camera for Christmas.

Michael Meissner
Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:20:21 +0000

Seems to be more advantageous to use a plastic pumpkin: 1) it's lighter; 2) won't make your expensive camera dirty; and 3) you can re-use without making another one.

Oh the other hand, a real pumpkin may just go better with your decoration. :-)

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 12 Nov 2011 09:32:27 +0000

Yep, that was my thought process. I messed up the first plastic pumpkin that I cut, and it cost me a whole $2 to get another one from the drug store.

Michael Meissner
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:07:04 +0000

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