Thursday, March 29, 2012

Through the Viewfinder again

A friend from Sheboygan Visual Artists clued me in on another device to hold the two cameras at the right distance... a cardboard tube.  I tried it out the other day, outdoors in better light than some of my recent attempts, and was pleased with the results.  Here are a few.

Sign of Spring

Dipped In Blue

Sunday, March 25, 2012

More TTV

I thought I'd show my ttv tools. Ttv stands for through the viewfinder.   I was able to purchase a Kodak Duaflex for just $5.00 from Lloyd's in Manitowoc.  I've used it for all of the ttv shots I've made except the figure model in one of my previous posts.  My taking camera is my Sony Alpha 200.  I built a crude contraption to hold it at the right distance from the Duaflex.  This gives me the ability to hold the camera still in low light situations and get a good exposure without the blur of a handheld shot. It also blocks light from hitting the viewfinder causing glare.  It's been fun to play with.

The viewfinder image is flipped horizontally, so there is some editing to do on the computer.  This photo show the lunch I had on March 26th 2012.  I did some blurring of the background and cleaned up the foreground.  As mentioned in the other ttv post, you get the dust and dirt from the old camera.  When I blurred the background to separate the plant on the window sill from my sandwich, I softened the dust too.  It didn't look right with the dirty foreground so I cleaned it up.  The editing program used was Photoshop.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


I just thought that I might try a pinhole Polaroid emulsion transfer of a TTV shot.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TTV photography

TTV stands for Through The Viewfinder.  A picture is taken through the optics of another camera.  I used my Sony digital to shoot the viewfinder of an old twin lens camera.  Usually the attempt is to get the old photo look by leaving the dirt on the glass and mirror.  I took my old camera apart and cleaned it.  It will get dirty again soon enough.  I just bought it yesterday so I have yet to make a contraption to hold my taking camera at the right distance. This will help make the shooting easier by aiding focusing and exposure.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kite Photography Success

Today, with the help of my daughter Mary and my sister-in-law Erika, I got my camera up.  I didn't take very many photos and these are the two best.  Not wanting to take too many risks my first time out, I kept the camera over the field at Grant Elementary School.
The kite is a Powersled 24, the camera a Canon G3 shooting with the intervalometer.

That's Erika getting into position to catch the camera as I bring it back down.

Friday, March 9, 2012

An old chair and three music stands.
I can't decide if I'm done with this image.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Reflections of an Infrared Apple and Orange"

Not much to say about this one.  I took the color out of the fruit but left it in the plate and counter top.  The orange was orange and the apple was red and green.  The counter top is white the light was daylight coming in a window.  It's called "Reflections of an Infrared Apple and Orange" because the adjustment to change the fruit was done using Corel's infrared photo effect.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cheap phone camera pics

I bought a new phone for 1 cent last week. It has a camera.  I Corel'ed this pic.