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through the viewfinder

come little rabbit
how to (no need to like this pic)
right to me
you and me/the beginning

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!

17 responses

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    These are great pics and a great 'how to'!

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    This is such a cool thing...never done it with this type of camera, gonna find one and try it out!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    Love, love, love.....!!!! Thanks so much Jen :)

  • Rhio9 (Rhio9)

    Rhio9 (Rhio9) (Deleted) said (28 Aug 2009):

    this must be the sequel to "through the looking glass"....a terrific little story, a how-to-do-it story, a really nice-touch story. especially the part about eating the cookies. and the photos are to die for!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 Aug 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad! So why can't I vote? If you made this a photo essay I could.

  • rory cobbe

    rory cobbe gave props (29 Aug 2009):

    really nice

  • Chris Blackhurst

    Chris Blackhurst (Deleted) gave props (30 Aug 2009):

    "and ate the cookies" - Fantastic! Those four words escalate this already useful post to the realms of classic!

  • Danne Dhirgahayu

    Danne Dhirgahayu said (30 Aug 2009):

    interesting!!love it!!

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    Why cant I vote? I love this series, make it available for publication Jen!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (1 Sep 2009):

    Love your how to..............all I need is a box of shortbread cookies!

  • Jason Hudson

    Jason Hudson said (2 Sep 2009):

    very clever. I have a mantle full of antique cameras with waist level viewers. will try this soon! thanks for sharing, and I am glad the cookies didn't go to waste!

  • ♥ Cairenn ♥

    ♥ Cairenn ♥ said (2 Sep 2009):

    !!Awesome!! i LuV Ttv's!!!

  • Daniel Horacio Agostini

    Daniel Horacio Agostini said (13 Sep 2009):

    amazing group of ttv images...a great inspiration!

  • Sara Holt

    Sara Holt (Deleted) said (27 Sep 2009):

    My next project...thanks, Jen;)

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    Great essay! I would vote if there was a button to click:(

  • Thomas Berryhill

    Thomas Berryhill said (11 May 2010):

    Thanks for the link. I have been thinking of making some kind of bracket to mount my Brownie and Canon Powershot. Now I am motivated. I had mounted the Canon on a tripod and put the Brownie on a table, but this has obvious limits. You have inspired me to take my newly discovered idea outside. Thanks!

    Oh, one more thing. A point & shoot will be able to get a larger image than an SLR because they focus closer - unless you have a macro lens.

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