Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Any Kind of Camera or Photographers

Camera’s and Photographers

Photographers

While I generally try to avoid getting other people in my photos sometimes photographing the photographers can be fun and sometimes a way to get a casual photo of a friend or relative when they are occupied and not thinking about posing.

Rail fans love taking line side photos of trains, my friend Bruce is somewhere in this picture.

Rail fans form a photo line by the track.

Here is Bruce taking photos while we were on a cruise on the Gordon River near Strahan six years ago this weekend. It was not a nice day but he persevered.

Bruce taking photos on our Gordon River cruise.

I took this one of David at Port Huon a few years ago. He always had a camera in the car in case he saw something he wanted to photograph although he rarely ever seemed to get a film developed once we moved here. He was thinking about buying a DSLR when he was taken ill.

David at Port Huon 2014

Photographer at work, Gardens By the Bay , Singapore. From my point of view they spoiled my picture of the Super Trees but as a picture of a photographer and model it works.

Taking photos at Garden’s on the Bay.

Cameras

This is the camera I use most often now.

My Pentax K10

As I have mentioned in the past David used to collect cameras. These next two photos are of some of  them. First a Bell & Howell 8mm movie camera and then two instant cameras, one by Polaroid and the other by Kodak.

An old movie camera from David’s collection.
A Polaroid 1000 Land Canera and a Kodak Instant Camera

This last one is Paparazzi Dog, a bronze sculpture in Salamanca Place. There are a series of these in various cities around the world. I even saw one in Singapore though I neglected to photograph it.

Bronze sculpture in Salamanca Square

 

 

 

The 3 am Rant: The Look At Me Generation

I’ve never been a big fan of having my photo taken, even on holidays it is rare for me to be photographed unless I am with friends who want a picture. I don’t feel that the world is missing out because there are few photos of me especially now that I’m way past my best. However, it seems that I’m in the minority as the whole world seems intent on immortalising themselves on social media.

Now it seems to me that many people have become so obsessed with selfies that they travel the world photographing themselves without actually noticing the scenery. In Singapore  we went for a ride on a sampan in the shopping centre at Marina Bay Sands. Two young girls with a small child sat in front of us and honestly I think they wasted their money on the ride as they spent the entire trip taking photos of each other and the child. Not once did they look at where they were going.

Selfies on the sampan

Everywhere we went we encountered tourists being photographed or taking selfies in front of tourist attractions. Well of course at a popular attraction whether it be Gardens on the Bay in Singapore or the Sydney Opera House you are going to have to deal with crowds and it’s almost impossible to get a photo without some people in it. Even forty years ago when I first visited Sydney there were tourists who would ask us if we’d take a photo of them with their cameras. I don’t really mind that so much.  It’s a nice  holiday memory. Now people don’t just do a quick pose in front of the attraction though. They have to strike a pose, jump in the air, wave their arms around or pose like they are in that famous scene from “Titanic”.  And it’s not just one photo, they have to have dozens. Then there are the ones with the selfie sticks who march around getting into everyone elses’ picture without so much as an “I beg your pardon.”

Taking photos at Garden’s on the Bay.

I”ve noticed that people who actually enjoy photography are a bit more polite, they take their pictures and then move on so someone else can have a go but the selfie brigade notice nothing but their own faces. It does  make me mad that so many of these people are bad mannered and inconsiderate of others but it also makes me think that so many of them are missing the point of travel by focussing so much on themselves and not what’s going on around them.

 

Vintage Cameras

David loved old cameras and he had a growing collection of them and other photographic memorabilia . I have always found them interesting myself and intend to keep most of them although I may have to cut down the numbers of old 110 instamatic cameras as there seem to be rather a lot of them. Today I thought I’d share photos of a couple of cameras I especially like.

This one here has always rather fascinated me. David told me that it was a press camera. It is a medium format camera, quite bulky and solid. They were made between the 1950s and mid 1980s. I’m not sure what year this particular model dates from.

Koni-Omega Rangefinder 1950s http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Koni-Omega

Here is an older one sorry it is not a good photo. When we are settled in our new house I hope to have at least some of the camera’s out on display and I will photograph them again.

One of David’s old cameras.

This next one is an early Kodak No.1 which is called a pocket camera. I guess people had bigger pockets then. Seriously these would have been as revolutionary as the first iPhone cameras seemed to us when they came out.

 

Duraflex twin lens camera
Duaflex twin lens camera http://camarasclassicas.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/20-kodak-duaflex.html

This last one for today is also a Kodak. The Duaflex which is a twin lens camera. David had the model which was made in England which dates it to around 1949-51. There was also an US made version which I think was made for a bit longer.This camera took 620 film which looks similar to 120 and I believe it is possible to use 120 in this camera but you have to wind it round the correct spool.

There were so many different types of film back then 120, 126 which was cartridge film, 127, 110, 620 and probably a few more I don’t know.  I must say digital has made life a lot easier. Nevertheless the old cameras are fascinating and often beautifully made as well. Even the cheap plastic ones have their own interesting features.

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed a little look at some old cameras.

Snapshot Sunday: Fun with Photo Editing

A rose from my garden edited in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 using the “out of bounds” feature.

I’ve been fascinated by the “Out of Bounds” feature in my editing program and have made numerous attempts to get it right. This is the first one that I have been really happy with.

Snapshot Sunday: Vintage Cameras

David’s parents’ Kodak box camera and our mum’s Agfa.

I was stumped for a good picture today and decided to share this one of two of the cameras that David had in his collection. Both of these belonged to family members. The Kodak Brownie I believe belonged to David’s parents the battered Agfa on the right belonged to our mum. She used it to take photos of Naomi and I as small children. This was actually the first camera I ever used myself. Mum showed me how to hold it and take the pictures. She would change the film for me. I remember that it was 120 film and you would get about 8 photos to the roll. I was probably six or seven years old when I was first allowed to use this camera.

Bad Photo Monday: Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

The other night I was invited to visit friends  to see their Christmas lights so naturally I wanted to take some pictures. I have not photographed anything like this before and it was something of a learning experience. I learned that using flash would wash out the lighting effects  in some cases but that not using it would not guarantee a good result.

As it is summer here it is daylight until nearly nine at night so we had to wait quite some time till it was dark enough to see the lights properly. Unfortunately for me I don’t see very well in the dark so I had to be very careful walking around the perimeter of the display. I also found it hard to see the controls of my camera in  the dark. Despite all this I did get a few pictures I liked. This is one that I didn’t like so much and it would have been deleted but for Bad Photo Monday.