through the viewfinder

For the photographers, a tried & true from Janis Nicolay, my lovely friend, a professional photographer who made the images of making apple turnovers at the bakery, and picnicking in the old school deck chairs. I was amazed when I saw her pull out her beautiful old camera and use it in combination with a digital camera, what a brilliant idea. I’m thrilled to have Janis tell us about it.

through the viewfinder © Janis Nicolay 2011

I was so pleased when Elisa asked if I would do a tried & true post about my trusty Kodak Duaflex camera as it’s one of my favourite ways to capture an image. I use the process called “TTV” or “through the viewfinder“. When you shoot TTV, you are also using a DSLR or a SLR (digital or film camera), fitted with a macro lens.

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I made a contraption that fits over the camera, as you will need to block out light between the Duaflex viewfinder and your digital or film camera and eliminate glare. I find it easiest to mount the Duaflex onto a tripod to keep it steady, then with your digital or film camera, point your macro lens down into the the contraption getting as close to the bubbled glass, on top of Duaflex, as possible. Focus and shoot. Remember that when you look through a duaflex, you are seeing things in reverse… just so you know. 😉

through the viewfinder © Janis Nicolay 2011

Here are a few samples of what I’ve shot, TTV. Have a lovely day!

through the viewfinder © Janis Nicolay 2011

through the viewfinder © Janis Nicolay 2011

through the viewfinder © Janis Nicolay 2011

You can find Janis over at her delicious Pinecone Camp. Thank you my dear friend!

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