lomo on.

written by stouf on 2010-12-27


  1. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    This is REALLY kick-Ass!!! hahaha!! Stouf! you are the ROCKET man!!

  2. yarah
    yarah ·

    This is so great!!! I wouldn't buy one, but it's great to make one yourself :D

  3. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Very creative, wonderful!! Could you build something that could survive a launch from a pototo cannon? That might get you the altitude, then time the parachute and the photo exposure. Use something like a Wedding Reception Cam.

  4. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    So cool, wow! Thanks for posting. :)

  5. mylatehope
    mylatehope ·

    Lomo up, up, and away! This may be the coolest project ever. Great job!

  6. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    great idea !!!

  7. basho
    basho ·

    Wonderful project! I bet all the mad scientists around will want one of these if they decided to sell it. (You can count with an order from me, as well. I am a big Big Bang Theory fan, you see ). LOL

  8. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    Cool rocket! I'm with you, I thought the new and amazing camera was going to be a real rocket like the Estes rocket cam (although I must say that I really do like the Sprocket Rocket). We launched a lot of Estes rockets as kids and my buddy even had one of those rocket cams--I don't remember much about it, though, but hell yes, I'd be up for a Lomo rocket cam!

  9. disdis
    disdis ·

    hahaha..... that's an impossible project become real! Congrats for thispost stouf, I've really enjoyed it! And that could be a beginning of a new lomo design! I would be great, wouldn't it?

  10. gelagoo
    gelagoo ·

    You are made of awesome. :D

  11. adbigmilk
    adbigmilk ·

    Stouf est Ouf !

  12. huck
    huck ·

    Absolute gold. Pity it didn't work out but major points for idea and execution.

    If they did manage to come up with one that had a semi-reliable timer to jedge height of the shot I'd def wanna grab it for kicks.

  13. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    OMG! This is madness! This is super cool! Now if you can only shoot the rocket all the way here to Singapore ... then we can do a doubles with it. :D Please don't hit any plane or birds on the way here though.

  14. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Damn, sweet idea, and one hell of an effort. Nice work my friend, can't wait to see rocket #2

  15. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    ahahahah you are a fucking genius :)...these are my feelings from my first space journey on Dec. 28, 2010: the idea of capturing the images from a rocket camera help us to understand our world and its surroundings. I know that there are a range of modifications and improvements required to meet the stringent demands of a rocket camera but it's something that worth it. So LSI apply your knowledge and expertise and support such great idea in order to provide lomographic equipment on – or off - the planet.

  16. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Astig! Haha

  17. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·


  18. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    ahah c'est enorme!!

  19. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  20. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    Seriously, beyond cool! You put a ton of work into this project and it looks like SO much fun! I'd be on board with a rocket cam. I'd love to take one to the beach and get ariels of all the action. I may have to try one of these with my son when the snow melts!

  21. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    How could I forget? That music is PERFECT!!! Love it!!

  22. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    How could I forget? That music is PERFECT!!! Love it!!

  23. stouf
    stouf ·

    @lawypop: Thank you so much !
    @yarah: What if it was cheap ?
    @herbert-4: What's a pototo cannon?
    @clickiemcpete @mylatehope @novakmisi: Thanks a LOT lomofriends ! : )
    @basho: Thaaanks ! I like this series too ! : )
    @kdstevens: Thanks buddy ! What's the Estes rocket cam ?
    @lomopop: I guess you could fix one on a bottle ! : )
    @disdis: Gracias amigo, I really wish it could become a real design... : )
    @gelagoo: Hooo that's a VERY nice comment ! Thank you so much...
    @adbigmilk: Ouf malade ! : )
    @huck: Thanks buddy, I hope others think the same !
    @ndroo: I feel very proud to get such comment from such DIY master ! Ahaha I didn't think about birds... 8D
    @jblaze823: Thanks mate, I'll keep you informed for sure !
    @-a-l-b-e-r-t-o-: Grazie amico, great comment !
    @icuresick: Thanks !
    @mephisto19: I should have used this song... : )
    @jeabzz @adi_totp: Thanks guys !!!
    @ipdegirl: Thanks dear... I thought about launches from a beach... We might have to wait for IKAROΣ 3, with a water-proof camera... : ) That would be awesome... Even launches from a boat...

    Thanks a lot everyone, I'm really delighted by your comments ! Lomo on.

  24. pulex
    pulex ·

    more than awesome....just great, double-extra-great...maybe i should get the r/c helicopter fro, a friend and attach my holga...!

  25. coca
    coca ·

    first of all, amazing soundtrack!! LOL.....This proyect looks so much fun, really hope that next rocket works out perfect. it would be so cool to have one real rocket camera, so Stouf you have some work to do!! :))))

  26. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    I laughed all the time! hahaha Yeah! it must be fun but hard to play inside a city. however I can imagine these rocket cams flying high everywere! good luck my friend and Happy New Rocket Year!

  27. yochan
    yochan ·

    Stouf t'es trop fort, j'adore le concept. en tout cas bravo :D

  28. filby
    filby ·

    Amazing work, mate! so cool! It reminds me of a friend of mine who rigged up a camera (digital) to the underside of his remote control plane and took aerial photos. he rigged up a trigger device so he could take pictures on demand. that could take the guess work of the self timer out of the equation. Great work keep it up!

  29. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    stouf, you are the craziest, maddest, smartest, motherfucking lomographer :)
    explosive insanity.
    love it!

  30. sammy_a
    sammy_a ·

    after you've got the rocket you need the sprockits!

  31. androfun
    androfun ·

    T'es malade! c'est génial comme idée. Merci c'est un super cadeau de Noël j'ai tellement rigolé!!!
    You are the rocket guy of Lomogaphy!

  32. rater
    rater ·

    AHAHAHAAHA!!! Yeah! Brutale! J'aime ton self-timer... dommage que le temps de vol est trop court pour le selftimer!

  33. bensozia
    bensozia ·

    Brilliant, mate! But all that effort for just one shot? It's a shame super8 cameras weigh so much.

    Dear Santa/Stouf, I would like LomoVersions the following:





  34. stouf
    stouf ·

    @pulex: Wooo a rc helicopter... I was dreaming of that when I was a kid...
    @coca: Thanks to @anarchy for the soundtrack, it was indeed perfect ! : ) And you're right, I have much work to do... But I'll enjoy it for sure ! : )
    @superlighter: Grazie Aurelio ! We had a LOT of fun too ! : ) And yeah, I wouldn't recommend to play with this in a city... You don't want it to fall on some car... However some aerial city shots would be sooo nice...
    @yochan: Merci mon gars ! : )
    @filby: Thanks buddy ! Woow the fancy version of your friend sounds totally awesome ! : )
    @wil6ka: Dear Herr Willie, you've always been an inspiration to me.
    @sammy_a: Yeah, I thought about putting a 35mm film in my Holga... Next time ! : )
    @androfun: Merci zouzounaki ! Bises !
    @rater: Si hermano, je sais, j'étais mal synchronisé... Crap... : ) Gracias !!!
    @bensozia: Ho my god !!! All these examples are AWESOME !!! Thanks for the links ! The police zeppelin is so cool, I'm jealous ! : )

    Lomolove everyone, You are making me feel so proud... : )

  35. adamo-75
    adamo-75 ·

    Solid gold!! Marvellous project, i look forward to checkin' out IKARO 2;)

  36. bccbarbosa
    bccbarbosa ·

    Wooow!! This is soo cool!! This is NASA stuff, reminds me of all that footage about the first rocket tests. Definetely a project the Lomography guys should take into consideration and hire you as the main engineer or something haha!! You never cease to impress with your amazing creations!! This is brilliant!! Congrats again my friend!! =)

  37. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    Definitely super cool. I'm all for all that trial and error and the best thing is when you finally get it working the way you want it to. Very creative and fun. What an imagination! Hands down.

  38. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    wow! this is sick and genius, stouf! i would be happy to convert my holga into a rocket cam. is the bubble wrap enough to protect it? cos i don't wanna destroy my beloved holga. haha.

  39. blackcoffeeandtantrum
    blackcoffeeandtantrum ·


  40. satomi
    satomi ·

    Haaaaahahahahahahahaha!XD You are crazy and I love it! You are definitely the mad lomo scientist;)

  41. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    dude - you are one crazy scientist. nice work! :D

    so where'd the name IKAROΣ came about?

    why not call it a STOUF camera instead? hey LSI, are you listening?

  42. larslau
    larslau ·

    This is the best post ever! Really impressing, Stouf!

  43. makny
    makny ·

    I definitely buy it, it's so cool... and all the videos are great, I laughed when i saw all the parts landing all over... Really nice work!

  44. cyan-shine
    cyan-shine ·

    OMG! Stouf you are a genius! This is so kickass! LSI please make some, they rock! I'd definitely buy one or two :D

  45. maximum_b
    maximum_b ·

    This is amazing post! Impressing idea! I'm very curious to see the shots from the following launches of IKAROΣ 2)))) Good Luck!

  46. emilios
    emilios ·

    Pure Genius bro!!!!

  47. -l-l-l-
    -l-l-l- ·

    haha TROP BON !

    Stouf you're the man, the fluffy holga is so cute ^____^

    i laughed my ass off ! can't wait to see new trials

  48. mandi
    mandi ·

    oooooh fantastic! i had the same idee a long time ago (i think when i was forced to think of new holga modifications) but i nver realised this project. i wasn't even close to this huge amount of effort!
    i really love you for trying this out. :)
    in my plans the parachute would have relesed the shutter, not sure how exactely that would have worked, but i thought the weight of the camera when falling down in combination with the deceleratnig force of the parachute could be enough....
    i hope to see more of this kind... DIY!!!

  49. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    brave :)

  50. paramir
    paramir ·

    you are amazing my friend! I definitely support you! great idea and documentation!

  51. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Wonderfulllll project !!
    @stouf would be the First Rocket-Lomographer !!!
    You will try to use a kite ... and then drop the camera from it ... or fliying with the kite ... I will try it !!!

  52. desmal
    desmal ·

    Stouf, excellent experiment! Keep up the arial explorations. I am going to look into this shutter release timer and perhaps do some exploring of my own. Lomo/On

  53. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Wow, this is GREAT!!!! Everything, from the original idea, the building of the rocket camera, the launching day... even to the editing of the videos. I'm impatient to see ikaros 2 :)
    PS: have you thought about a kite-camera??? That would be great too

  54. lomoteddy
    lomoteddy ·

    thats awesome, i see a huge potential here, keep working on it, dont give up, so cool !D

  55. stouf
    stouf ·

    @adamo-75 @bccbarbosa @blueskyandhardrock @blackcoffeeandtantrum @satomi: Thanks so much for all the very nice comments ! You should see the big smile in my face ! : )
    @antibiotyx: Apparently it was enough to protect it... And after all, if it wasn't I could have bought another one ! : )
    @panelomo: Thanks for the support Jay ! Why Ikaros ? It's Greek mythology, here's the story (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus) it's a parallel between his trajectory and this camera's trajectory... : ) Uuuuup and doooown 8D
    @larslau @makny @cyan-shine @maximum_b @emilios: You are sooo good to me THANKS friends!!!
    @-l-l-l-: I'm proud to get such a nice comment from a TRUE camera designer as you !
    @mandi: My dear, you would have most certainly succeeded if you had tried ! And you are absolutely right, in IKAROΣ 2, the shutter will be triggered by the parachute opening. And the parachute will be larger, for a slower descent, and... ho I'll keep the last improvement for the next post... ; )
    @breakphreak @paramir: Thanks for the support guys ! VERY much appreciated !
    @jaalvarez: Thanks buddy ! And about the kite, it's a great idea, and I know someone working on it right now ! Ahaha ! Good luck !

    Thanks again everyone, I will now spend the rest of the day with a stupid smile in my face... : )

  56. stouf
    stouf ·

    @desmal: Good luck ! It's a lot of fun !!!
    @mochilis: Yeah, like @jaalvarez pointed out, a kite would be perfectly suitable ! Thanks for the lovely comment !
    @lomoteddy: Thanks dear friend, you're givin' me courage to rebuild all the thing... !!! It's in pieces now : )

  57. eskimofriend
    eskimofriend ·

    soooooooooooooooooooooo awesome :)
    you're the rocketman indeed, superlomorocketstoufgenius thats my new nick for you!!!
    do more do more

  58. warning
    warning ·

    I haven´t words. You´re a fucking genius!!

  59. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    well, first of all, you're really crazy stouf! That's an awesome idea, a real Rocket camera and a fantastic DIY!! And of course, if soemthing like that existed, I would have a lot of fun with it!!

  60. renaishashin
    renaishashin ·

    Hey bro, seriously you're very talented! I think you're the only one that can came up with such crazy ideas LOL! Nice 'Rocket' camera there! Maybe you can go something more advance by making it possible to the moon?!?! I shall wait for your new invention! Haha!

  61. stouf
    stouf ·

    @eskimofriend: Ahaha Thank you so much ! I'll do more and more !!! : )
    @warning: Muchas gracias cara mía ! ; )
    @vicuna: Merci l'ami, mais il reste encore quelques améliorations à ajouter...
    @renaishashin: Ahaha thanks dear friend, I'll need a slightly bigger bottle to reach the moon 8D

  62. recurving
    recurving ·

    I am pretty sure this Elton John song is about you… :) Just great!

  63. simon-hedge
    simon-hedge ·

    This is a genius idea. And a really good article about it. I think you should get some kind of award for lomo-bravery!

  64. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    Oh nice..now I feel better. You did a great job on this project.

  65. spoeker
    spoeker ·

    pure awesomeness!!!
    I would def buy one xD

  66. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    super!! j'en revais en voyant les messages 'guess the mistery product', tu l'as fait!
    t'as essayé en le lancant toi meme en l'air, sans rocket? :) ca me rappelle quand j'etais petit je jetais mes playmobils avec un sac plastique attaché sous les bras. J'utilisais le sac comme une fronde (ou un marteau d'athletisme) et je balancais tout ca le plus haut possible, ca marchait pas mal :)

  67. mariefisen
    mariefisen ·

    Seriously, that is amazing! I'd love to have one and I'd definitely buy it if it wasn't too expensive. Awesome!

  68. ericeast
    ericeast ·

    mind blowing!

  69. reneg88
    reneg88 ·

    wow man, you always take things beyond anyone's imagination. great job, and I'm looking forward to the day when you perfect it! =D (which i'm sure, with your ingenious, won't be too far from now)

  70. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    Tout a été déja dis ! mais je vais réitérer le comment d'adrien, Stouf est OUF !!!! :D Continue a nous faire réver :D

  71. wompninja
    wompninja ·

    Great idea! I think it would be better to use something like the Diana mini so that your rocket isn't so top heavy and it would also make it easier to protect the camera. I think your main problems came from the parachute. It opened on the way up every time. You could get a model rocket for relatively cheap that has all of the parachute stuff worked out.

  72. pushkar
    pushkar ·

    wow!! man ur a genius!!

  73. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·


  74. stouf
    stouf ·

    @recurving: Thanks mate ! Elton is in fact a good buddy of mine ! : )
    @simon-hedge: Thank you so much !!! Your comment made me actually win an award ! Yipeah !
    @blue-dog @spoeker @mariefisen @ericeast @pushkar @shoujoai: Thanks a lot lomofriends, your support is so rewarding !!! And if this ever becomes a real camera, you can trust me to keep it as cheap as possible !!! : )
    @elvismartinezsmith: ahaha ça me fait plaisir de savoir que je réveil des souvenirs d'enfance ! Nous sommes, après tout, de gros bébés qui font mumuse avec des appareils pour enfants : )
    @reneg88: Thanks so much for your confidence. I'll do my best to not disappoint you !
    @mikahsupageek: : ) Merci mon gars !
    @wompninja: I was really dreaming of medium-format shots, and the Holga is pretty light... And you are absolutely right about the parachute, this should be corrected in IKAROΣ 2. Hopefully...

  75. purple_snow
    purple_snow ·

    if that isn't an awesome idea! I'd may buy it but I guess the biggest fun is to build it :)

  76. pamelaklaffke
    pamelaklaffke ·

    that is quite spectacular! i remember a couple of years ago seeing a 110 rocket camera at the hobby/model here in town. i wonder if they still carry them.... hmm....

  77. dogma
    dogma ·

    Man this is amazing, i should try it too :) i think it would be nice to do it with kite :)

  78. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Always creating really crazy, original contraptions to play with your cameras. So sweet.

  79. japsix
    japsix ·

    OMG!!! this is absolutely awesome and absolutely crazy!!! You are a REAL GENIOUS!!!!!

  80. macstef
    macstef ·

    this is just awesome and needs mass production :-)

  81. stouf
    stouf ·

    @purple_snow: You're right, the building/testing part was a LOT of fun ! : )
    @pamelaklaffke: woo a 110 version ! That would be interesting !... It does make sense, with such small cameras...
    @dogma: Yeah ! The kite idea is a great one !
    @lomosexual_manboy @japsix: Thanks dear friends ! Your words are like liquid gold poured in my ears : )
    @macstef: Ahaha that sounds damn' good mate !

  82. jimw08
    jimw08 ·


  83. guinastrapazi
    guinastrapazi ·

    noo!! i want to read this.. why can't i read this? :O

  84. stouf
    stouf ·

    @guinastrapazi Hey there, thanks ! This is post has been all broken for a while, forgot about it... Will try and chase down someone who could fix it... : ) If you are keen, you can copy the post and paste it in here (www.jmarshall.com/easy/html/testbed.html)
    Thanks for your curiosity ! : )

  85. adash
    adash ·

    So cool, unfortunately one really needs an HTML parser to read it.
    I see you used a Holga, which is OK as far as the LOMO side is affected, but it allows only one shot. Maybe if you installed an automatic (also automatic film winding) camera with a timer as a remote control, that would produce lots of images and provide better photographic opportunity.
    Those pranks are cheap now, and less popular among lomographers as they have no manual control and less distorted images, but can probably be wired to a simple (555 for example) timer to allow shooting every few seconds after launch.

  86. stouf
    stouf ·

    @adash Yeah ! Thanks for reading this ! And you're absolutely right. It is actually in my future plans to try and throw this (www.lomography.es/magazine/tipster/2011/12/12/lomokino-powe…) in the air : )

  87. stouf
    stouf ·

    @adash Yeah ! Thanks for reading this ! And you're absolutely right. It is actually in my future plans to try and throw this (www.lomography.es/magazine/tipster/2011/12/12/lomokino-powe…) in the air : ) It might not go very high though : )

  88. adash
    adash ·

    You'll need a much larger rocket for that...

  89. guinastrapazi
    guinastrapazi ·

    daaaamn!!! holy shit!! this is amazing! :DDDDD cool cool cool cool cooool!

  90. cremi
    cremi ·

    l'abolition de la limite de l'imaginaire By Stouf!!!!awsome!!!