Posts Tagged "vintage"

Number two scratch filter

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 in Blog

A number two scratch filter takes place after painstakingly developing and tossing them on concrete. What follows is a two scratch motions with my foot and there you have it, hauntingly creepy negatives that look amazing. Here is an example of that….recently developed a roll of film of oceans capes in California. Enjoy


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Polaroids from California

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Blog, Projects

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The Best Cameras from 1900-2012 (feat. Alex Mack)

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 in Blog, Case Studies, Inspiration, Projects

The Brownie Developed using Vitamin C/Coffee (this model from 1906):

This camera is considered by many experts to be the most important camera ever manufactured. The reason is that it was produced so cheaply that anyone, not just professionals or people of means, could own it. Because it was so simple to use, anyone could operate it right out of the box. Eastman was first a film manufacturer, but he could see what bringing photography to the masses, especially marketing to young people, via cheap but durable cameras would mean for future film sales and processing. A camera in every home meant alot of film to be sold and processed. He could not have been more correct! The first Brownie camera was shipped on Feb. 8, 1900 and gave birth to the snapshot.  Ilford 400iso film developed with vitamin c and instant coffee & Scanned into computer (no photoshop) via

The Sx-70 Polaroid (this model from 1972)

The SX-70 is a folding single lens reflex Land Camera first produced by the Polaroid Corporation in 1972. It was the first instant SLR in history, and the first camera to use Polaroid’s new integral print film, which developed automatically without the need for intervention from the photographer. This was revolutionary at the time, and a precursor to today’s 600 and Spectra films.

The SX-70 has a folding body design, a 4-element 116mm f/8 glass lens, and an automatic exposure system. The camera allows manual focus as close as 10.4 inches (26.4cm), and has a shutter speed range from 1/175s to more than 10 seconds. A variety of models was offered, though all share the same basic design. Later models have an ultrasonic rangefinder autofocusing system known as Sonar. The Model 3 departs from the other models since it isn’t a SLR, but instead has the viewfinder cut into the mirror hood.

All models feature an electronically controlled ‘flash-bar‘ socket across the top of the camera, for insertion of a 10-times use flashbulb unit. Polaroid – as well as other companies – made external flash units that plugged into this socket.

As well as the folding SLR model, a variety of non-folding, ‘consumer’-type models were released that also used to SX-70 integral film  For this test,  used film b/w neutral and color cool film from the impossible project. via

Canon EOS 5D with Photoshop CS6 (also 24-70 mm lens and years of use)

The EOS 5D is a 12.8 megapixel digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera body produced by Canon. The EOS 5D was announced by Canon on 22 August 2005 and at the time was priced above the EOS 20D but below the EOS-1D Mark II and EOS-1Ds Mark II in Canon’s EOS digital SLR series. The camera accepts EF lens mount lenses.

The EOS 5D is notable for being the first full-frame DSLR camera with a standard body size (as opposed to the taller, double-grip “professional” camera body style). It is also notable for its price, suggested at $3299 USD, which set a significant new low price point for full-frame DSLRs; its only full-frame competition at the time was the Canon 1Ds Mark II, which cost more than twice as much.

For this shoot I used my Canon EOS 5D with a 24-70 mm lens. via

iPhone with Instagram (cracked screen and phone one year old)

The iPhone camera is 5-megapixels, but as Steve Jobs pointed out in his WWDC keynote, megapixel count alone doesn’t equal good images. Two of the smartphones we tested against the iPhone had higher megapixel counts, but they still scored lower on image quality tests.

The reason for the discrepancy? The iPhone packs its 5 million pixels onto a 1/3.2-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. Sensors with backside illumination technology move the wiring from the front side of the sensor to the back, so that it’s behind the light sensors. This allows more light to reach the sensors without being diffused by the circuitry, which means the camera can capture better low-light images.

Another factor contributing to the camera’s good low-light performance is the size of its pixels. Bigger pixels capture more light, which makes for better images. Apple retained the same pixel size that it had on previous iPhones instead of shrinking them down to fit more megapixels into a smaller area, which is something many cameras do to inflate their megapixel count. via

Instagram is a free photo-sharing program and social network that was launched in October 2010. The service allows users to take a photo, apply a digital filter to it, and then share it with other Instagram users they are connected to on the social network as well as on a variety of social networking services.  Instagram currently has 80 million registered users.  A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras. For this part of the test, I only took one exposure and moved on…like most people. via

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Sunday Remix_Vintage Edition

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 in Inspiration, Projects

Sometimes it is one of those rainy days where I brush off the old negatives…I mean raw files and edit the crap out of them.

When experimenting old school solarization and glass plate techniques with photoshop raw files, you can get some cool results.

Here are a few examples of remixes that I’ve done.

More to come…

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