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In the garden

By dudler
A fairly unremarkable picture, in so many ways.

And entirely appropriate for Film Friday, when my BLOG is about Kodak Brownie cameras.

My very first camera was a Brownie, relatively modern, and taking 620 film (which is the same as 120, but on different, slimmer spools - if you have a couple of 620 spools, you can 'load your own' from 120, which is still freely available).

I think I took that camera to bits, around the age of eleven, to find out how it worked. A pity. Many years later, I bought a far older Brownie, and last week I put a film through it.

Fixed focus, aperture and shutter speed - and as you can see, corner fall-off that Lomographers would be proud of!


Tags: General Garden Kodak brownie Wind spinner Trad darkroom Film Friday

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AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2020 12:02PM
Wonderful retro look. SmileSmileSmileSmile

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Joline Plus
13 30 56 United States
22 May 2020 12:34PM
This proves the statement, it's not the camera it's the photographer that makes the image. This is actually very attractive and one many would be proud of and try to emulate with editing programs.
chase Plus
14 1.6k 359 England
22 May 2020 12:37PM
Love the effect the camera has given you John, a very well exposed image.
I started with a Kodak Brownie 127, I still have it in a cupboard somewhere.
saltireblue Plus
10 10.6k 61 Norway
22 May 2020 12:44PM
A genuine retro look, no computer faffing involved at all, one presumes?
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2209 United Kingdom
22 May 2020 1:01PM
Even still, I can see the breeze blowing it.
22 May 2020 1:15PM
love it..
please, see mod 1 for an enhanced retro look
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
22 May 2020 1:46PM
Straightened, Malc, Levels, and a tiny bit of sepia in ACR. I considered white borders, as all my old Brownie prints had, but didn't go there.

Leo has cut to the chase, though, and made it what an extra half hour in the darkroom might have achieved...
Alfie_P Plus
12 256 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2020 1:58PM
Still excellent quality after all these years John. It's strange how the more advanced the equipment gets the more we appreciate what went before and the more we try to reproduce 'That Look' Grin
mac Plus
18 6 Scotland
22 May 2020 2:43PM
My intro' to photography was a Box Brownie. My model had a wire frame that pulled out from the side and this was your viewing frame! They tended to be used for family group photographs so it did not matter if the corners were out-of-focus. You used to get a Box Brownie if you saved up enough washing power box tops or corn flakes, etc.
Actually your image looks fairly sharp, so did you hand-hold it as the big problem was being able to hold the camera steady. Happy days, waiting for the photographs to come back from the chemist in glorious black & white.
mistere Plus
6 6 3 England
22 May 2020 5:42PM
f/11 and four inches? SmileSmile .I do like that twister in our garden John.
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
22 May 2020 6:14PM
I love the garden spinner and it makes a lovely mono.
I'm sure I still have my Brownie upstairs but I think I had a square job before that.
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
22 May 2020 6:57PM
I envy you your knowledge but you seem to be born to it - stripping down a camera at such an early age. Your career seemed set then.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
22 May 2020 10:31PM
Kate, the proper description is 'breaking' - hope and expectation were NOT matched by achievement...
dimalexa 3 4 Greece
23 May 2020 12:11AM
Beautiful composition, very nice tone gradation, John!
23 May 2020 2:28AM
I am impressed, John. You still,have your Brownie Hawkeye photos.....I started with one too...


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