Cute Origami Puppies
Origami “Bobblehead” Puppy -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl,
Origami “Bobblehead” Puppy

Anthony played with an older friend the other day, who made for him some origami puppies (origami being the Japanese art of paper folding). They were adorable, all the more so because their heads bobbled in the breeze like a bobblehead doll.

Made from two sheets of paper, the head is balanced on a point, and hence the bobble....

The Source of the Bobble

I am Cuteness, Worship Me”

Top View

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 @ 19mm — 1/60 sec, f/6.3, ISO 500 — full exif
Paper Litter

One you have the basic concept down, you can make adjustments to the body and head and end up with a whole pack of different puppies, each with their own personality.

(The one with the lobster shirt is not origami, but an actual little boy who turns five tomorrow.)

By the way, the answer to yesterday's quiz is that it's the bottom of a compact flash card. (Congratulations Michael and Peter; Nils, I hope you're not hungry.) It's at 5× on-sensor magnification, 60% more magnification than the 3× seen in my recent post about macro photography. The holes are at an 0.05-inch pitch (that is, center-to-center is 1/20th of an inch). That means that the width of the image represents about a fifth of an inch — less than 5mm

When the full-resolution image is viewed on my high-resolution monitor, that 1/20th-of-an-inch becomes about 10½ inches, yielding a magnification of about 45,200 times. Cool.

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

How about some how-to plans for the origami? We may have the real thing – a young Welsh springer spaniel called Moss (!) lies at my feet right now – but a more portable and obedient version has a lot of appeal!

As for the CF card: isn’t there a bit of confusion over magnifications you’re giving? The x5 on the sensor is linear magnification, which is surely the normal way of indicating it, i.e. 1mm in the real world covers 5mm on the sensor. But the x45,200 is areal magnification, isn’t it, i.e. the square of the linear, so on your monitor, the “true” magnification is about x213. Or am I missing something?

You’re correct, Peter, and not missing anything except the first paragraph of my macro basics page where I talk about how easy it is to “lie with numbers.” 45,200× sounds much more cool than a piddly 213× 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter on October 23rd, 2007 at 12:45am JST (16 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Pretty neat origami. Now where do you get paper that is white on one side and colored on the other. I have never seen that in the U.S.

I am going to modify the pattern into a cat version.

— comment by Mel Lammers on October 23rd, 2007 at 3:49am JST (16 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

“holes are at an 0.05-inch pitch ”
Well, that’d make some *really* finely grated cheese.

— comment by Marcina on October 23rd, 2007 at 8:32am JST (16 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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