through the viewfinder
28 Aug 2009
okay, so, i have to credit mig who told me how to do this, because andrea told him how to do it, and based on that information, i went out antiquing and found a camera called a kodak duaflex that had a pretty large viewfinder and a little metal hood and seemed like the thing for the job for $17. i bought it. i found some "instructions" on the internet to get it all going, but i'm a shiny ornament so i winged it.
i figured out that there is an optimal distance from the viewfinder to have what appears on it in focus. there is an optimal focal length for the dslr to get the largest possible image. you need to block out ambient light with your tube.
so i took a box of walker shortbread cookies and ate the cookies and then cut the tube down to the calibrated length and made it the proper opening size at both ends and taped it up so it fit both well. not perfect but good.
go out there, carry the thing around at waist level and watch the viewfinder. the world becomes cooler viewed convex, square, and scratchy. when you see what you want, line up the tube and shoot.
go home and crop it down to the little black frame. voila!