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In the Beginning

By salopian
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 )

Tags: Close-up and macro Daylight Reflectors Fulvue

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
23 Apr 2014 6:38PM
A light tent will not give any, or very few shadows and you can use ordinary household lamps.

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 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 6:46PM
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.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
23 Apr 2014 6:53PM
Interesting camera too, apparently there was a Jubilee model.

Niknut Plus
8 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2014 7:51PM
GrinGrinGrinGrin !!.....I remember these well !!.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
23 Apr 2014 8:11PM
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.
paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2014 7:19AM
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.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
24 Apr 2014 5:13PM
Sweep nicked it.
salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2014 10:33AM
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!!

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
xwang 8 56 8
12 May 2014 11:20PM
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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