Photographs imply that they are representations of a particular scene in terms height, width and an instant in time. There are cameras that display time itself as a dimension of the final record. These are sometimes called "streak" or “strip” cameras. These cameras can be thought of as strip chart recorders where the subject information is gathered optically. This makes streak cameras powerful tools for non-contact measurement of subject changes over time. But they can also be used for other than purely technical applications. In this presentation several improvised cameras of this type based on film and CCD or solid-state technology are presented and illustrated with applications. based the application of a linear CCD removed from an inexpensive hand-scanner and installed in the back of a 35mm camera body. I’ve used them to demonstrate a variety of applications where quantitative data about subject performance is desired and have also applied the camera for more aesthetically oriented purposes such as peripheral and panoramic photography. The cameras and their applications will be described in this presentation.

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Comments This is roughly a paper presented at the ART+MATH=X Conference held at the University at Colorado at Boulder in early June 2005 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


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