Chinese Grand Prix 2018
The 2018 Chinese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that took place between 13 and 15 April 2018 at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China! Thousands of viewers attended the races this year, especially Formula 1 fan Tim Binnon. The Australian photographer documented the entirety of the race with his Nikon DSLR, however, he also had a different agenda. He decided to also capture the races with his 1998 Game Boy. How so? You may ask. Well it was a 0.016-megapixel Game Boy Camera.
“To my knowledge, no one has ever shot motorsports with a Game Boy Camera before, and there’s probably a good reason for that!” Binnion writes.
Game Boy Camera
He was inspired by photographer Alexander Pietrow, who shot the Moon and Jupiter with a Game Boy Camera! However, he knew his project wasn’t going to be an easy task. Shooting with a Game Boy Camera is meant for close-ups. How could he possibly photograph from hundreds of feet away and vehicles going at high speeds? “My first thought was to somehow strap on my Nikon DSLR zoom lens, but realized maybe I needed an easier proof of concept first,” said Binnion. “Then bingo! I realized that one of those cheap crappy clip on smartphone lens would be ideal. “So maybe the lens quality would be rubbish, but with just 0.016 Megapixels in glorious grayscale no one would ever notice.”
Digital Microscopic Camera
So Binnion decided to purchase a clip-on smartphone photo lens. Yet, we all think, how in the world will he attach a smartphone camera attachment to a 1998 Game Boy Camera? Well, Binnon thought to model his own 3D printed mount to hold the lens correctly to the Game Boy Camera. Nonetheless, he ran into another issue. The Game Boy Camera can only store 30 photos. He purchased the ElSnappo, which is a tiny thumb drive sized stick which emulates a Gameboy printer, saving your photos directly to a micro SD card.
With everything in place, he began to shoot. The results are awesome and quite nostalgic!