I really like light art photography; this is where the camera is set to a very long shutter speed (eg. 30 seconds) and patterns are drawn by moving a torch through the air. Unfortunately it is quite difficult to get right. While trying to draw the outline of a shape with the torch, it is way too easy to forget where you’ve already been, therefore getting all the proportions wrong!
Over the weekend there was an unexpected (but welcome) spurt in temperature across Ireland. I already packed away most of my summer clothing, so it was a surprise on Saturday to find that I could go outside without a jacket! I hope the warm weather stays for another while…
Yesterday I tried out some sun-shots; these are pictures which are taken against the sun and cause some interesting lens flares effects. It is quite difficult technique to get right, as it is very easy to completely wash out the picture with the bright sun. Here are two of my better attempts.
Growing towards the sun
Sunny autumn day
My grandfather was quite an avid photographer, back in the good old days of black and white film. When he bought a new camera, my dad got his old one to use for himself. This is how a number of cameras from around the 1950s and upwards ended up in my house.
The camera which I looked at today is an AGFA Isolette II, which was produced during the 1950s. It is a medium format “folder”, which uses 120 roll film. With “folder”, I mean that the lens is collapsible and can be retracted for safety and convenience. In the first picture below, you can see the camera in the retracted state. By pressing one of the buttons on top, the lens is released and pops out very quickly!
The camera comes with an Apotar 85mm lens, and the focus is adjusted by using the shutter speed and aperture settings. Film is wound manually, and there is even a little red-tinted window at the back of the camera to see if the film has been wound into the right position.
The camera in a leather case.
With the lens popped out!
Dials for aperture and focus.
Collapsing the lens…
One of my neighbours is an avid gardener, and the sunflowers in his garden are the largest which I have ever seen! They have grown almost twice my height and the stems are humongous! Some of the other plants to be seen in his garden are tomatoes, potatoes and numerous types of flowers.