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The Way We Were

By RogBrown
Still not too sure about this one. This lens has been kicking around for the last 35 years or so, & I kept thinking there must be a photograph in there somewhere. Anyway, this popped into my head after a few cans of Pedigree.
The lens is a J. H. Dallmeyer (patents 1866 & 1909). There's no focal length marked on it but I estimate it's around 15". The lens is 8" long & weighs around 5.5lbs. It would have been stuck on the front of a massive, probably mahogany, studio camera.
The portraits are from an old leather & brass-bound family album from the 1890s. My God, those people were ugly! (The wife's side of the family of course.)
I struggled for hours to get the light rays looking realistic, & ended up photographing the bar code on a wine bottle which just happened to be at hand, & distorting it in PS.
Anyway. Over to you.

Tags: Lens Studio Portraits Old Digital art Portraits and people Humour and fun

Voters: KBan, romansnumber7, Percys and 30 more

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4 Aug 2008 8:41PM
Terrific idea, well taken and presented.


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Sahyadri 8 61 2 India
4 Aug 2008 8:43PM
very clever work... fun too

did your wife read that writing you have done? !!!
User_Removed 9 172 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 8:47PM
Excellent work

Percys 9 England
4 Aug 2008 8:50PM
The Time Machine.

Really nice image here, I just love antiques and old photos and this seems to fit just nicely together.
ringyneck 9 315 18 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 8:59PM
Great idea..well executed...could be used to illustrate some text in a publication.

speedprint 8 18 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 9:02PM
well constructed
jayhyk 8 England
4 Aug 2008 9:51PM
great image works realy well
RogBrown 9 3.1k 10 England
5 Aug 2008 12:09AM
Thanks everybody.
Sahyadri - Certainly not!! Smile Thanks for your pf comment & c&cs on other pics.
User_Removed 8 78 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2008 5:35PM
Good work

davidhu 11 19 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2008 8:38PM
Cleverly thought out and executed, Rog. Trust the wine bottle was empty.
RogBrown 9 3.1k 10 England
5 Aug 2008 10:15PM

Quote:Trust the wine bottle was empty

What do you think? Smile
DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
7 Aug 2008 7:52AM
A bit eclectic for mass EPZ popularity Rog, but I quite like it. Clever to use the bar code label and a bit of PSJP to get the light rays. I'll remember that little trick for possible future use.
Artois 10 405 1 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2008 4:57PM
This works very well. I particularly like the beam of light highlighting one of the portrait shots.

RogBrown 9 3.1k 10 England
11 Aug 2008 5:23PM
Thanks guys.
phototime 10 8 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2008 11:37PM
Amazing work here Rog,like it.

20 Aug 2008 12:10PM
Excellent concept,really well thought out,very good piece of work.

Yup, I like that.
Excellent A***
RogBrown 9 3.1k 10 England
25 Aug 2008 12:00AM
An RC at last. Thanks everyone.
annefromleo 11 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2008 10:01AM
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2008 8:11PM
Fascinating shot!

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