I have a bin with old cameras, lenses, and filters. I only sort of knew what was in there, having been given a few over the years, and never having had a close look at some of the smaller items.
Yesterday, while trying to find my Gorillapod, I started opening the cases to see what was there. I was thrilled to find a multi-image filter hidden in the bottom of one of the pockets, opening up whole new possibilities of surreal images.
I wiped away the dust and held the filter in front of my macro lens to see what it would look like. This is one of the images I made:
I can’t wait until the gardens are in bloom – so many possibilities!
I have a small collection of vintage cameras, one of which is this art deco Kodak Bantam Special:
I started off photographing it as is, admiring its cool retro style.
Then I decided to open it up – I wasn’t sure if I ever had – and see what I could capture of the lens and its inner workings.
Once I opened the film door, I realized I could see directly through the lens. I experimented with a few different items, until I tried one of the dried roses I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to throw away. This led to these two sort of surreal photos:
Often, when I set out to photography one thing, I end up photographing another. This, among so many other reasons, is what I love about photography: the infinite possibilities of what can be found through the lens (or lenses!) of a camera.
My daughter has a really sweet pink, retro-style bicycle. As I was sitting in the camper on a rainy afternoon, I looked out at it and realized it could make for some fun photos.
So I crouched under the canopy with my camera and made a few compositions. Although I did also take some with sharper focus and a wider angle, I was happiest with these shallow depth of field shots.
Blue typewriter, found at a yard sale by my mother-in-law many years past. How many stories were tapped out on its keys?
I love its retro colour and its potential for fun photo compositions.