This is for Karen, over at http://agoodsnapshot.blogspot.com/ who is having a little fun with Photoshop.
The first camera I ever used (under paternal supervision) was my father’s old Kodak folding Brownie. Possibly this model, though maybe later. (I found the photo here:
Its bellows had begun to crack and light leaked in so Dad bought a new one in 1954. I remember the year because there were photos of my then baby brother still in the camera. fast forward six years…
I did a “repair job” on the bellows (with some sticky tape!) and finished the roll of film. A bit shadowy on one edge, but still perfectly printable. Baby son at one end of film, teenage daughter at the other. Those photos are probably still around; I should ask my brother…
I was about to try bitumen paint on the cracked bellows when my father decided that if I wanted to take photographs I should have a decent camera. A new box Brownie. Too big for a pocket and the silliest damn’ carry strap, but what good pictures from such a simple camera! Most of my shots were monochrome since colour film then was expensive and had to be sent away for processing. The black-and-whites I could do in a darkroom at Camera Club.
And having to buy, load and process film taught us our best lesson: get your composition right before you press the shutter. Today’s digital wonders have made me (probably most people!) a bit blase. The “delete” button has made us careless.
I had some fun with double exposure, too.Sometimes accidentally, if I forgot to advance the film! But that was the beauty of those old wind-on films. Given good light you coould expose a single frame at least 3 times and still get a recognisable image. And, of course, you could take very convincing pictures of those “fairies” at the bottom of the garden!
I miss those old cameras…
My first digital camera is OK, but small and fiddly and with limited options.
But its editing facility allowed me to do things like this without Photoshop.
I call it “Neon Coconut.”
And this: “Ghost Palms.”