Today I’ve been busy taking doll photos and haven’t got out of the house to photograph anything new for this blog so I am going to do something that I rarely do and post a doll photo.
This was taken using the photo cube and lighting that I bought recently. The kit came with additional backgrounds so I used a dark blue one for this shot. I’m still experimenting with this set up but I think this one came out not too badly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the camera I use most often now.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. I Kodak Pocket Camera 1926.
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.