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Hardbrake's loves1 of 781876 COCK ROBIN 22 PISTOL GAMBLER'S SPECIALLightning Camera, c.1899
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    Posted 7 years ago

    rniederman
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    This is for valentino97 who asked to see an example of my photography made with an antique camera. The image shown here was shot and printed in 1980. The camera is an 8 x 10 inch format 1904 Century No. 7 studio camera (posted here on CW). German optics was used; in this case a simple 1890s Voigtlaender brass barrel lens. The multi-second exposure was made using a lens cap (no shutter). The image itself is an 8 x 10 inch contact print; the negative is placed in direct contact with the printing paper.

    My apologies for the scan quality, because it shows dust spots and unable to reproduce the full tonal range of the original print. Soft tones often seen in antique prints are possible because early lenses didn’t have transmission coatings that increase contrast. The result is a softer negative capable of capturing subtle nuances of lighting. Then it's all about the paper selection and printing.

    “Depth of field” was kept intentionally narrow, meaning that only a couple portions of the image are razor sharp and everything else is intentionally out of focus.

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! What a stunning photo and done with a great camera!!
    2. southcop southcop, 7 years ago
      awesome!!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Drawn in!
    4. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks Sean, southcop, geo26e, vetraio50 and kerry10456!

      I added a picture of the Century studio camera used to make the photo.
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Awesome Rob and love the camera!!!! Your very welcome Rob!!!
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I see you have learned how to get my attention! Are you sure you want it?
    7. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      yes I had a great body in the 80's, thanks for looking ppl!!
    8. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks aghcollect and Manikin!
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      Great photo! This is a yoga position that my body doesn't like :-).
    10. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, blunderbuss2!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, tom61375!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, smiata!
    13. cogito cogito, 7 years ago
      I would LOVE to have a family portrait taken by similar camera and method. The photographs from antique cameras like yours have such character and depth.
    14. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Oh my goodness - how incredible! What dust spots? Thank you so much for posting this beautiful photo. Your description made it sound like the camera did all the work but obviously you are the artist. I love this! Now you realize we are going to ask for more of your photos?
    15. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks Cogito and valentino97 for the 'loves' and comments!

      Thanks, clockerman!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, racer4four!
    17. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, AnneLanders! (and for the fun comment)
    18. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Eric!
    19. zguy2112 zguy2112, 7 years ago
      Looks like a Skrebneski
    20. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Moonstonelover21!
    21. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, petey!
    22. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, David!
    23. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, sarahoff!
    24. Rogue01, 7 years ago
      Beautiful.
    25. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, cogito!
    26. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, valentino97!
    27. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Michael!
    28. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, zguy2112!
    29. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Roycroftbooksfromme1!
    30. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Rogue01!
    31. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, antiquerose!
    32. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Radegunder!
    33. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Vintagefran!
    34. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, fbdistrict45!
    35. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, pops52!
    36. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, JohannB!
    37. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, shareurpassion!
    38. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 7 years ago
      Very nice thanks for the link. The soft lens of the 18th century gave enough information to the viewer to motivate their imagination and fell in the blanks. Nice work.John
    39. surfdub66 surfdub66, 7 years ago
      Love the image , really love the camera, wish i could cross my legs like that !! Lol . :-)
    40. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks!
      surfdub66
      austrohungaro
      lundy
      Hardbrake
    41. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Hedgewalker!
    42. MeliG MeliG, 6 years ago
      Beautiful composition, you did an excellent job. Really love her arms and legs.
    43. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Caperkid
      kyratango
      GeodeJem
      MeliG
      filmnet
    44. hotairfan hotairfan, 5 years ago
      What a talent you have. God bless
    45. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
      AzTom
      hotairfan
      Kerry
    46. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
      martika
      GeodeJem
    47. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks!
      Radegunder
      Manikin
    48. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, f64imager!
    49. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, OneGoodFind!
    50. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
      Thanks, ho2cultcha!
    51. MALKEY MALKEY, 1 year ago
      super !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      all the very best malkey
      1412
    52. Trey Trey, 1 year ago
      Great shot:)
    53. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
      Thanks!
      yougottahavestuff
      Trey
      MALKEY
    54. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
      Thanks, Alleycat1!
    55. rniederman rniederman, 1 year ago
      Thanks, getthatmonkeyoutofme!

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