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TTV with a twist

Softly Softly

I have been waiting for my kodak duaflex II camera to arrive so that I can try the through the view finder technique. It arrived today and I tried to get my macro lens on my digital camera to focus through the view finder of the duaflex. No joy! I am not sure if I am supposed to have 7 foot arms but anything shorter and the lens wont focus.

Determined not to give up I decided to try to use an enlarger lens that I had bought from a car boot sale and put it over my 50mm lens. Something that I had tried before but wasn't sure how it would working looking through the duaflex.

It was trial and error and I had to make an extension to the camera top using a cereal packet cut up to block out the light. Even then I had to be careful not to have too much light around or the light would reflect off the top of the viewfinder spoiling the photograph. Getting the lens to focus was another trial. Auto focusing was the most accurate way, however, just a small breath and the subject would go out of focus, so I learnt to hold my breath as the shutter was pushed.

Holding the enlarger lens in front of the 50mm lens was not easy whilst trying to focus the camera and not breathe. However, these are my first attempts and I am thrilled with the results. I love the softness that you get with some of the photos, a kind of dreamy look.

I am definitely going to keep experimenting with this technique, and try to work out if I can do the TTV the traditional way too.

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11 responses

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Love it.

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    nice! voted.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Yeah RAD ! Such a wonderful series, Beautiful.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    Love it, Lynda. I, too, like the softness, as it goes well with the subjects you used. Great results. I've been thinking about how the gender of the photographer sometimes comes through in what he chooses to photograph and how he presents it. In my opinion, the subjects, the softness, and the colors, have a certain femininity to them. I think your photographs rock.

  • Gail Parker

    Gail Parker gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    They're beautifully soft, exquisite! I use my G9 on macro and crop out a fair area, the 450 with macro lens on more recentley but like you say, totally hilariously unforgiving!! I often use a clean doggy bag to block most light, really must try harder, Syds towel was great the other week!!! Pringle tubes, cereal packets and i'm cleaning up a sapling protector that it's owners outgrown, needs darkening tho. How about TTV thru another TTV??? interesting angles for you!!!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (2 Nov 2010):

    *voted* these are wonderful, soft, dreamy, feminine...great story

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    Wow! Sometimes you discover things on your own by experimenting. I think you are really onto something here! What soft and beautiful results! Great story too!

  • Pete Jeffers

    Pete Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    I love the softness that comes from using this combination of lenses!l

  • Ryan Watkins

    Ryan Watkins (Deleted) gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Amazing photos love this.

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (27 Nov 2010):

    Very nice, great lesson, voted.

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