Carlos Osweda+ Your Authors @COsweda Shamus. Collector of fake autographs. Kuddelmuddel. Jun. 23, 2020 3 min read + Your Authors


Let's illustrate how @realDonaldTrump is a big-picture guy.

Did you know that it's almost impossible to PHOTOGRAPH the big picture?

Before I lost much of my eyesight, I built military miniatures and photographed them.

That's a German assault infantryman of World War One. He's wearing steel body armor.

I took the parts of several commercial kits, combined them, and scratchbuilt details.

Most figure builders use oil or enamel paints and blend them.

I used acrylics and created shadows and highlights with transparent glazes and artist's pastels.

For details such as the eyes and the writing on the hand grenades, I used decals.

Paint a sheet of clear decal film blue or brown and punch out two tiny dots.


Since the figure is two inches tall, it's VERY hard to photograph.

You need a tiny lens aperture, VERY bright lights, and long exposure times (slow shutter speed).

I used an "f-stop" or aperture of f-22 (far right).

Since the photo will not look anything like what you see through the viewfinder, you have to "bracket" the exposure time:

You take THREE shots.

One at the exposure time the camera tells you to use, one at a faster speed, and one at a slower speed.

This was all in the pre-digital days.

I lost much of my eyesight during the era when serious photographers used transparencies (slides).

You can't photograph at very short ranges with a short camera lens.

The numbers represent the physical length of the lens.

Note how blurry the background becomes the closer the small object comes into focus.

See the blurry background behind the Hodge Twins?

So I used a very long telephoto lens, a tiny aperture, VERY bright and hot incandescent bulbs specially designed to replicate natural light, and long exposure times.

You had to watch out for lights that changed the colors of the models.

I built vignettes too.

American Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) squad.

Only the heads, hands, helmets, and M1911 pistol are commercial items.

Everything else is scratchbuilt. I made the BAR gunner Chinese, based on a photo I have.

And finally, French assault troops using a knocked-out Renault FT as cover.

The tank is a commercial kit, and the troops are scratchbuilt.

All these figures are two inches tall.


Except with only ONE type of camera.

First, we need to define "depth of field" (DOF).

You get "narrow DOF" with long lenses and "large (wide) DOF) with short lenses.

This photo has great DOF.


If there were a butterfly in front of the lens, it would be blurry.

The only camera that can do the trick is the "pinhole camera."

It has no lens.

There's a literal pinhole as an aperture.

You uncover it to take the shot. No focusing and no wories about lighting.

THIS is the great value of pinhole cameras.

Read the caption.


Nobody makes a massively high-quality commercial pinhole camera.

The two Holga cameras I showed you are made of plastic.

I've only seen ONE pinhole camera that a professional photograph had made by a machinist who was also a photographer.

The camera took the best photos I've ever seen.

WHY don't more photographers have high-quality pinhole cameras made?

Because they're considered "gimmicky."

Isn't that amazing?

The ONLY WAY to photograph the big picture is considered a gimmick.

Trump has the best pinhole camera ever made.

It's inside his head.

He sees EVERYTHING in focus.

From up close to infinity.

And THAT'S why so many allegedly intelligent people can't understand Trump.

They see the world through cameras that leave either the foreground or the background blurry.

They're either totally self-centered, or they lump everyone except themselves into labeled groups.

Use a pinhole camera, like Trump does.

It's the only way to see the world as it IS.

Not as it appears to YOU.


You can follow @COsweda.


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