These 10 Photos Were Taken With A Tiny $US35 Computer

Raspberry Pi, the single-board computer that’s the size of a credit card, is more widely known for its ability to teach computer science basics rather than for its photography.

But Adafruit, a company selling DIY electronics, saw the potential for Raspberry Pi owners to use the $US35 computer in conjunction with a camera to produce pictures.

In its first annual Raspberry Pi photography contest, which we first saw on Gizmodo, Adafruit asked for Raspberry Pi users’ best photos taken with a Pi. The contest had few rules: Anyone with a Pi could enter, and all photos had to be taken with Raspberry Pi and a Raspberry Pi camera or a webcam or a camera connected to the Raspberry Pi. The photos couldn’t be altered using Photoshop or other editing software.

One grand prize winner and 14 runners-up were announced on July 30. We picked the best 10 winning photos to show what can be done with a pocket-sized computer.

It might not look like much, but Charlie Galliher's entry is a picture of his last 8th grade Raspberry Pi class. 'It's a Raspberry Pi tied to helium balloons tethered to the ground,' he explains. His students built the operating system, made and ran the camera code, and downloaded the images -- all in real time.

Mike Cook on his microscopic photo: 'Ever seen two plants having sex? The Spirogyia does. Here are two exchanging packets of cells. Note it is a s'Pi'rogyia.'

Matt Inglis ran a wedding photobooth using just a camera and a Raspberry Pi.

Tommy Mintz used a Python program he created along with a Raspberry Pi computer and a RasPi camera to take this photo, a still from 'Animation of the Automated Digital Photo Collage at Pier 62 #9.'

'I like how the algorithm detects the movement of the shadow in the lower right corner,' Mintz said. Check out the animation here.

This Lego-inspired picture was taken by James Mitchell from Berlin Germany.

'Pictures taken with Raspberry Pi NoiR and the normal camera,' said runner-up Artur Glogowski.

Cristian BraĆ¼chy's Star Wars-themed photo nabbed him a runner-up spot.

Jay Langhurst's runner-up entry 'Garden at Dusk' fittingly includes a raspberry plant, though it's covered in snow.

This bird-themed photo snagged Etienne Cochon a runner-up spot in the contest.

The grand prize winner, Andrew Mulholland, on his photo: 'Here is my entry. It is a panorama taking robot made out of Lego and a Raspberry Pi with a camera module.'

Check out the rest of the photos Mulholland took with his Raspberry Pi -- they're equally amazing.

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