Monthly Archives: July 2019

52 Cameras: # 181 — Kodak Brownie Starflex




Barrancas at Pojoaque Pueblo

Barrancas at Pojoaque Pueblo


Light through the leaves

Light through the leaves


Dramatic sky

Dramatic sky


This image was in the video but this is before I cropped & cleaned up. There’s a head in the upper left. He noticed I was shooting a film camera and we talked a bit. His name’s Siddho and he’s a photographer in Santa Fe.
Siddho's head

Siddho’s head




A shout out to Bob for giving me the film. He’s the same guy who lent me his Nikon FM.
Original price (sticker underneath)

Original price (sticker underneath)


Later price and then 1/2 price

Later price and then 1/2 price


Exposure instructions right on the backing paper

Exposure instructions right on the backing paper


It performed well for film 37 years past its "develop by" date

It performed well for film 37 years past its “develop by” date

52 Cameras: # 180 — Bolsey B2




I’ll start with an image that’s in the video. I just metered the scene without compensating for the strong back light. This is what I got:
Goober & Jem: un-adjusted

Goober & Jem: un-adjusted


Using the scanner adjustment to compensate. I can see them but the background is brighter (don’t care) and they look hazy (do care). This is the result:
Dragged the scanner software midtone on the histogram to 60 (default 128)

Dragged the scanner software midtone on the histogram to 60 (default 128)


I tried the Photoshop merge, the same wizard that let’s you create a panorama. It did not cover itself in glory. Several manual variations later, I came up with this:
Stacked the images as layers and played with transparency.  Then used the levels setting in Preview.

Stacked the images as layers and played with transparency. Then used the levels setting in Preview.


I may be able to get something better using layers with a selective erase (I got better results putting the darker layer one top and varying the transparency, which seems counter-intuitive to me) but I’m not sure it won’t look like modern HDR-that doesn’t look real images.

The film & the lens handle wide contrast ranges if you meter properly

The film & the lens handle wide contrast ranges if you meter properly


I have a scanner-brightened version of this too but I haven't tried exposure stacking.

I have a scanner-brightened version of this too but I haven’t tried exposure stacking.


I was trying to avoid cars in the frame and ended up with "Ladies & Gentlemen, St. Francis has left the building".

I was trying to avoid cars in the frame and ended up with “Ladies & Gentlemen, St. Francis has left the building”.

52 Cameras: # 179 — Time Magazine Promotional Camera




I wanted to shoot with this camera before I start modifying it and maybe destroy it completely. Plus, I got an unused roll of film in a camera bag that came with a camera. – some Kodak HD 400. No idea of its age or how it was stored so it’s ideal for a low-expectations camera.

Links mentioned in the video:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Upgrade-Your-Time-Magazine-Promotional-Camera/
https://collectiblend.com/Cameras/New-Taiwan/
1984 Time Magazine camera promo commercial

Most of the Time cameras have the fake motor drive bump out – mine doesn’t. This guy has the exact same camera, right down to the SN on the lens.

Some color tweaks and haze removal but that’s more the film than the camera.


Rug drying in Santa Fe

Rug drying in Santa Fe


Jem - a cat with a purpose

Jem – a cat with a purpose


Trinity's just trying to stay cool

Trinity’s just trying to stay cool