Saturday, March 31, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
this session. It was the 1st frame on the roll and I had forgotten to move the sync cable from my meter to my camera. I am sure the mistake was followed by some sort of expletive, then I plugged in my sync cord and moved on. The resulting negative was painfully thin and heavily backlit as you can see. I scanned it with the rest of the roll,,, grumbled, and dismissed it. A few days ago while I was updating tags in iPhoto I ran across this image again and decided to try and salvage it. I rescanned it using VueScan and after a few different exposures I achieved the image you see above.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Step 1. Point it in the direction of the scene you want to photograph.
Step 2. Frame the shot using the vague waist level viewfinder.
Step 3. Hold very still (shutter speed is only and 1/30 of a second) and press the shutter button.
Step 4. Advance the film and start over.
Note: Step 4 is extremely important. The Hawkeye will let you expose the same frame over and over again.
It is amazing what a big negative will let you get away with. The Lens is soft, but contrasty. I used Adox Adonal (Rodinal) 1:50 to enhance the retro feel and I am pleased with the results.
Image captured at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Lynchburg VA.
|Image © Eastman Kodak Company|
The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Camera - Cameras do not come much more basis than this. Fixed Lens, Fixed Focus, 2 shutter Speeds and manual film advance are not some, but basically all, of this camera's features. Originally designed to accept 620 film, it will accept 120 as long as you have a 620 take up spool. I am guessing the effective shuttle speed is about a 30th of a second and if you are really feeling creative there is a B or Bulb setting to hold the shutter open. Ascetically it is a Art Deco, Bakelite wonder and should be a part of any camera collection. I have had one for a long time, but finally got around to using it this weekend
Saturday, March 10, 2012
here. Focusing on the ground glass can be tricky when tilting the back and it is extremely important to get everything locked down. Swapping the focusing back for the film back is pretty smooth, but makes it easy to move something. A little tweak here or there can ruin the shot. The results are worth it.
here. Light source is single 100w Novatron modeling light coming straight from the left. A silver reflector is on the right to provide a little light in the shadows. The Statue is roughly 8 inches tall.
|Example no. 1 Back extended (relatively) straight for |
to achieve close focus.
|Example no. 2 Back tilted to achieve Selective focus.|
I have owned a Mamiya Press for a long time, but have always used it as just a 6x9 medium format rangefinder. It is a great field camera in that role, though it is a much more cable camera. It's movable back allows for Tilt/Shift function similar to a large format view camera. The images above demonstrate the backs capabilities and the posts to follow will show the results. Focus is achieved on a ground glass in the focusing back. The back is then removed and replaced with a roll film back.