Its been awhile since I posted, and there are lots of reasons for that. Two of them are the subject of these images.
When I began experimenting with shooting through the viewfinder (TTV) of vintage plate cameras, I thought portraiture would be an impressive application, but immediately was confronted with technical issues. I had a hard time keeping the images sharp, and the main problem was with the vignetting. The old press cameras of the early to mid 1900s were all leaf shutter cameras, and because of this the light displayed on the plate is always more intense in the middle. This is also exaggerated when photographing the displayed image on the plate, as it is a 2nd generation image, and captured at a high ISO. I tried using strobes to remedy and even out the light, but with that found limited success and I didn’t like how cumbersome that made the process. So I gave up, and applied shooting TTV to landscape based imagery.
Inspired by the amazing portrait photography of Troy Colby and another artist whose images I found on a website template with no reference to whose images they were, I gave it another shot. This time I embraced the characteristics of the process. I shot just inside my parents open garage. The open door on the bright day acted as a wall of soft light that draped over the subject in the dark garage. By composing the image to emphasize the center exposed the most important part (their beautiful faces) perfectly, allowing the rest to fall where it may. Some of the images are below.
I love taking pictures of my kids. I have so many fun images of my older girls of when they were younger, and working on the same for these two. Somedays they have no interest in being in front of the camera. I was fortunate that on this day they didn’t mind at all. These images were captured on my Sony A6000, shooting through a Graflex Speed Graphic press camera from the early to mid 1900s.
Thanks for your interest.