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Close Ups

16th September 2022

With the naked eye, it’s often difficult or impossible to see the detail of smaller objects.
Most modern cameras and cellphones have lenses that can focus close enough to capture some of this detail.

When shooting up close I try to have good lighting, careful focus and a steady hand (or better yet a tripod) to keep the images as in focus as possible.

Below are some of the pictures that I’ve been able to photograph up close without using any special camera equipment.

Whatever type of camera that you’re using you’re probably equipped to take close ups. It not only interesting to see your subjects up close with lots of detail, it’s fun too.
Written by: Arnie Lee

Fisheye Pictures

15th September 2022

With A View up to 180 Degrees

The fisheye lens is an interesting accessory. I have one that zooms from 8mm to 15mm. At 8mm the lens can take in a full 180 degree view. At 15mm it has a 175 degree view.

At the 8mm setting my lens produces a circular image and at 15mm the image is full frame. Regardless of the zoom setting the images are distorted and produce a panoramic effect. You can often recognize one of these images by seeing that straight lines appear curved.

I’ve used this lens both in the field and in the studio and get a kick out of some of the fascinating results.

Photo Antiquities

14th September 2022

Collectors Items

Among the many boxes stored in my basement are several older articles.

Some of them are photography related and may be of interest to those of you who like to investigate historical items.

Here are a few examples from which I’ve brushed off the dust.

Kodak No.4 Cartridge Camera

This booklet is for logging exposures for Kodak Cartridge cameras. For example, the Kodak No. 4 camera used 104 roll film that took 4″ x 5″ exposures.

This is an unused label normally used to return the exposed film to Kodak for processing. Notice the instructions for using the camera’s STOPS.

This is a Kodak No.4 Cartridge camera. Thx to Geoff Harrisson for this photo.

The booklet contains detailed instructions for longer indoor timed exposures and shorter outdoor exposures.

As you can see from the examples, the booklet dates back to the 1800’s.

American Photography Magazine

One of the popular photography magazines from 1939.

Another issue from 1941.

Sample Pages from American Photography Magazine

An advertisement from Kodak showing you how to set up a darkroom.

An advertisement for Voigtlander camera. Willoughbys was a reputable camera store in New York City for many years.

An advertisement for photographic lighting.

Asking readers to visit Yosemite National Park.

An advertisement for the Kodak Enlarger.

Leica M3 Rangefinder Camera

A photo of one of my legacy cameras – the Leica M3 rangefinder and a second telephoto lens.

While not as dated as the above examples, Leica started production in 1953.

Kodak Daylight Film Tank

From the 1940s is this Kodak daylight film development tank.

You are able to load and process the film without having to use a darkroom.

Watson Daylight Bulk Film Loader

As a young enthusiast without much extra money I used a daylight bulk film loader to save on the cost of film.

From a 100′ roll of B&W or color film you can load B&W or color film into reusable canisters. A 100′ roll of bulk film is enough for 18 36 exposure rolls.

Maybe I can find a few more items in the basement.
Written by: Arnie Lee

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