Monday, 20 October 2014

Reflex Brownie

The day finally arrived when I could use the Reflex Brownie.  I was excited to be using this vintage camera it is beautiful not only to hold but to use. I set off out to explore and take photos not really knowing what I would capture but at the same time had a plan the weather wasn't as I expected so had to do with the rain. As I wondered around in an autumn wonderland it was lovely dare I say even in the rain...it was damp, wet and muddy but that didn't bother me at all. 

The first frame was shot then another it gave me such joy to be out using this amazing camera I love it so much.  As I slowly went through the frames I was learning at the same time.

One thing I'm finding is one MUST hold these cameras absolutely still, but it didn't stop me from trying to hold it in my hands (as it's designed to be held in the hands) I'm sure at times I'll not always have my tripod so it's worth a try. 

Experimenting is also on my agenda as i walk with these cameras.  
The 127 film is so small the length of it is the same as my little pinky it is!  


I traveled around today while using the reflex as wanted to capture different areas, and to just see what I could do the film is now finished and ready to be sent off. Should have the results next week.

More photos soon.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Second film


Just last week I went out locally with the Box Brownie 1 which was mentioned in the last post. 

It was great experimenting with B&W film again as its been years to be honest since I used a B&W film.

I remember running around as excitement filled me I was just so happy to be out on the go again but with a different brownie as to what I used with the first film.  All set up, with my tripod and the little platform to help keep the camera absolutely still.

The first frame was shot then another and simply I couldn't stop.  I finished the film in no time at all as was simply testing the camera to see if it works.  Of course it was working!

The film was sent off and anticipation filled me I couldn't wait to see the results, a whole week passed then today the negatives arrived.

Here are the photos from Brownie 1. 

I haven't edited them these are straight prints, had to crop a few as they're not quite right.

I dare say these are a huge improvement from the first film and it's just what I wanted to see happen.











Now one feels they must begin to build a project a carefully chosen subject...at this moment I'm not fully sure what that will be...  

But first I will experiment with the Brownie Reflex Camera which takes 127 film that film is very rare but as I type I have managed to source a 127 film it also arrived today...  So the next blog will be on the 127 film with the Reflex Brownie...  But having used the other brownies I'm sure I will get good results from the Reflex, I love that camera and it has little marks on the lens which I feel adds to the prints as its such a old camera.  So watch for my next post in a week or so....















Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Brownie Model 1

Just yesterday I put a 120 B&W film into the "Brownie 1" for another experiment to see if the camera works, of course it works.   The film is now on its way to be developed.  Also I used the platform to keep the camera still and in doing that was also tempted to hold the camera at waist level to see if I could do it that way so when the CD and negatives arrive back the truth will be shown.  So the end of the week we shall know.

Although I have to say I haven't taken any photos in B&W for quite some time, so hope for the best.
 
Having now used the brownie 1 I loved experimenting with it and is a joy to use a real classic camera.

Photos at the end of the week. 

I have to say that using film again is something we all need to consider as nothing beats it to be honest.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Moving on with Brownie


Firstly having used a film in the brownie, I realised that I had to do something about keeping the camera absolutely still.  A friend kindly made a small platform that I can attach to my tripod. It's just a small piece of wood that sits on top of the tripod with a split level to make sure the camera is straight.

A few weeks have passed since I had a go with the camera.  I am waiting on film being delivered simply I love to work with colour then convert it to B&W on the computer as that way you can be flexible with the final results. 

I am very excited about working with the brownie to produce something different.  To be honest at this moment in time I'm not quite sure what I will produce, I guess the camera will say it all within the images.

Just yesterday I received a wonderful surprise it touched my heart deeply the thoughtfulness and kindnesses of what this person did will stay with me forever they have no idea what they did it's beyond words.  It was a belated birthday gift. 

The surprise was these two wonderful brownies below. 


Having now researched the Reflex Brownie simply it's a beautiful camera to hold mint condition as well.  As I tried to look for the viewfinder I didn't realise that the top of it opens up like a Hasselblad it just pops up.  And as I looked through just beautiful, below is a snapshot that I took with my iPhone as I was just excited and wanted to see what I could do with the camera. I'm looking down into the camera in which the mirror reflexes the image.   With most old cameras you can't help but notice everything is back to front or the other way round. 


Makes one wonder what the results will be from an actual film as I love the flecks that are on the lens it kind of gives a vintage feel to what you see. The film format is a 127mm which is a compact medium format which I'd probably call it the 'Baby' that is found within the medium format range of films.  However the 127mm is very rare to purchase I found a company online who produce them in B&W only.  These cameras are what one would call 'classic' and sometimes one might need to hack a film to make it fit the camera as the chosen film formats are no longer being produced.

However I have been researching and found that some people use 35mm in this camera but I'm not fully sure, I guess I'd have to give it a go and see if this is workable. 

Also I saw on Google+ a company who wants to see '100 more years of Analog Film' they are looking for support, I feel this is a must as I don't want to see film disappear totally.  

One of the main reasons I went 'Digital' was due to the degree I undertook.  I was anti-digital ever since it surfaced.  I love film and didn't want to change my methods within the world of imagery. 

So using these cameras take me back to the beginning again and I'm just excited to see what I can produce.  I have never owned a Brownie until recently so this is all new but to go back to film is something I like very much.  I could go on and on about why I like film but I don't want to bore you.  I guess we all have a choice as to what we do and don't like within the feild of photography today. 


Moving on to the Brownie Model 1 camera also mint condition and ohhhhh I do love it.  Having now handled this camera and referred it with the other brownie I've noticed that the wind on key doesn't turn the other way, hence my error with experimenting with the first brownie.  

I will be using 120mm film with this as having done previously.  

So watch for upcoming photos and more posts. 










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