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To concentrate attention on the old camera I tried to give the impression that the camera was suspended in mid air, but the shadows underneath give the game away!. I used several sheets of A4 paper to reflect soft light onto the subject to avoid shadows. I then took the shot again adding flash which was OK, but introduced it's own shadows on the background ( too close?) What's the secret!!
(This was the camera I started taking photos with many years ago, hence the title )

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm X20
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Apr 2014 - 1:52 PM
Focal Length:28.4mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/110sec
Exposure Comp:+1.67
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:In the Beginning
Username:salopian salopian
Uploaded:23 Apr 2014 - 5:26 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Daylight, Fulvue, Reflectors
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2831 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 6:38 PM

A light tent will not give any, or very few shadows and you can use ordinary household lamps.


http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/products/interfit/60cm-x-60cm-lig...

It can be done in PS, though a bit of a pain. Quite the relic, - Ive never seen on of these before.

Ill try a mod. And look up that camera too.


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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6996 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom291 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 6:46 PM

Ive uploaded a mod to reduce the shadow and lighten the background.

As Willie says a light tent which you can create without going out and spending lots of money on a bespoke version, will take out the shadows.

An alternative, but does require careful positioning of lights to avoid reflections, is to use a clear perspex or glass to sit the subject on. This is raised to sit several inches above a white background which you light to get a clean white. It works really well to suspend or float objects but does require some care in positioning of lights to avoid potential reflections in the glass or perspex.

Otherwise a nice record shot of this piece of photographic history.

Regards
Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2831 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 6:53 PM

Interesting camera too, apparently there was a Jubilee model.

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ensign_Ful-Vue


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Niknut e2 Member 4560 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2014 - 7:51 PM

GrinGrinGrinGrin !!.....I remember these well !!.

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Jestertheclown
23 Apr 2014 - 8:11 PM

I've got one exactly the same as this which I bought (along with an old Konica) a couple of years ago for a fiver.

It's still got a film in it.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2014 - 7:19 AM

Good record. My father had an Ensiign Ful-vue, and I remember it being stolen in Boots in Scarborough when I was about 10. Near 60 years ago. He put it on the floor to look at something and it had gone, 'just like that'. I remember in particular because Sooties dad, Harry Corbett, was standing next to us.

Paul

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Jestertheclown
24 Apr 2014 - 5:13 PM

Sweep nicked it.

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salopian
salopian e2 Member 2salopian vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2014 - 10:33 AM

Well, many thanks for the helpful and interesting replies! The light tent looks the way to go. The Ensign site was most interesting Willie - I had no idea they had pioneered the large viewfinder before the war - I remember it was much easier to use than the small viewfinders on the family Box Brownie ( which I still have! ). I'm glad the mystery of Paul's father's Full - Vue has been cleared up - of course it was Sweep, Sootie would never do a thing like that!!

Geoff
P.S Jester, is the film in yours 120 or 620 - the specs on the site say 120 but I seem to remember it was 620 which is no longer available

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2014 - 11:20 PM

I have no idea what you talked about the technical part, and it would take me a while to find out how it works... but it a nice shot by all means, the result counts. Wonderful detail, everything is sharp and clear.
BTW, thank you for the comment, Geoff. Enjoy the humour, I see, the imagination is from here.. the "black box".

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