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Through the Viewfinder

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by AdamSF, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
    This is a technique I'm really interested in. It's called "Through the Viewfinder” (“TtV.”) Take an old medium format twin lens reflex camera with a waist-level viewfinder, like the Kodak Duaflex. The ones without matte viewfinder glass are cheaper, lighter and easier to use. Make a "contraption" out of cardboard, Pringles cans, mailing tubes, whatever. Stick your digital camera in the top of the contraption and take a picture.

    Some links:
    My TtV photography: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50689195@N02/sets/72157624045876453/
    The Flickr TtV group I post to: http://www.flickr.com/groups/throughtheviewfinder/pool/with/12161848845/#photo_12161848845
    Russ Morris’ TtV tutorial: www.russmorris.com/ttv/
    TtV mentioned on the Web & in Print:
    JPG Magazine http://jpgmag.com/stories/3526
    Photojojo http://content.photojojo.com/photojojo-original/through-the-viewfinder/


    At first, I used a DSLR and a 100mm macro lens, then a 50mm lens with a close-up filter. Now, I’m using the OM-D E-M5 and the 12-50mm on the “macro” setting. The E-M5 is ideal for TtV.

    I really like how the viewfinder and lens affect the quality of the picture, and I like the challenge of composing for a square aspect ratio after spending so much time with rectangles. I like using what was considered a cheap consumer camera over 60 years ago and the combining of old and new technologies. But mostly, I like the idea of showing the viewer more of what the photographer sees when the picture is taken. Like the Lensbaby, I know this isn't to everyone's taste, but I'm pretty fascinated by the technique and the results really appeal to me.
     
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  2. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
    Some TtV shot form yesterday:

    <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/50689195@N02/12161857055/player/490edf7af8" height="800" width="800" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>



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  3. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
    <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/50689195@N02/12162512576/player/fba916fc8f" height="800" width="800" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
     
  4. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
    <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/50689195@N02/12162269444/player/a783979111" height="783" width="800" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
     
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  5. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    :wink: Why?
     
  6. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
    You can re-read my first post in the thread. Or, tl:dr : I like it.

    :tongue:
     
  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    WHY? - because it is cool.

    I don't have a TLR camera to use but I get similar looking results from some adapted lenses or my LOMO lenses. Not sure I want to buy another camera just to try this. I do love adapting the old for something new and different however! I also love the square aspect ratio. I assume you added the black frames in post?

    Very nice architecture close-ups! One of my favorite styles but I rarely get to do it.
     
  8. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
    Thanks. I own more of these old TLRs than I'd care to admit. These aren't expensive cameras. When they were new, they were aimed at photo newbies, the equivalent of disposable cameras in the 1980s & 90s. They can still be cheap. I paid more for the shipping than for the Duaflex II, about US$15 in total. You can see shots of most of my bottom cameras here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50689195@N02/sets/72157626721914879/

    The black frame is the actual frame around the viewfinder. When I bring the RAW shot into Lightroom, I've got a rectangular image (4:3). The viewfinder image is square (1:1) and surrounded by black. I make the square plumb and crop to a 1:1 ratio.

    Here's a TtV video I made with my iPhone: http://youtu.be/ls9bzQtOrKI
     
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  9. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2012
    TtV is fun. I'm a fan of shooting "topless" without a contraption. Framing two shots in one is definitely tough, but when you pull it off, it's amazing.

    I think it's a really fun way to take a fresh look at photography, especially for portraits.
     
  10. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Similar but not the same

     
  11. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
    Framing topless is indeed hard! Show us some of yours!
     
  12. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
    That's "topless" TtV. Nice!
     
  13. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
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  14. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
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  15. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
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  16. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
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  17. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
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  18. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
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  19. AdamSF

    AdamSF Shutterbugger

    Oct 13, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
    Adam
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  20. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    ^^^ I like this one. It has a Shining vibe