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Through The Viewfinder 
19th-Jun-2008 09:08 pm
The lovely gervasius made a post the other day about this new photo process called Through The Viewfinder, or TTV. Basically, you take an old camera viewfinder as a filter to get new shots through. You build contraptions with which your newer camera goes through the old viewfinder before setting up the image you're shooting. It really inspired me to research this whole idea and practice, and this morning I went downtown to take some new photographs. I've spent the last three hours or so on these 15 to get them looking more like I had envisioned. Click on each image to open it in a full size window. Let me know what you guys think!

Much love, respect, and thanks to gervasius for the idea, and to Yellow, Christi, and Sara Claire for inspiring me yesterday when I needed it so badly.

20th-Jun-2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Oh J, these are just absolutely beautiful. I love number 5 so, so much.
20th-Jun-2008 01:21 am (UTC)
That one was taken from inside the old stables in Rankin Square, and I'm glad you like them!
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20th-Jun-2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Just imagine what I'll do with the pictures I take from the next NO trip!
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20th-Jun-2008 02:38 am (UTC)
One day...
20th-Jun-2008 01:34 am (UTC)
I LOVE THESE!!! The one of the house by the water(?), the one below that, and the statue are my absolute favorites.

I haven't done this method of the old camera viewfinder before, but I have done "found lenses" before, which are really enjoyable. I either attach something to the lens or to the viewfinder on my 36mm SLR and see how it changes my perspective, the lighting in the shot, or the hue. It's a great deal of fun, my favorites so far have been lens additions made of beer mugs and water glasses. FUN!
20th-Jun-2008 02:39 am (UTC)
It's part of the old City Mill on the riverbank about a mile and a half from my loft.

I did use some heavy dark gels over my lens to get the images of the water streams.

I'm nowhere near done!
20th-Jun-2008 03:06 am (UTC)
I love the ideas of the dark gels!!! Nice call!
20th-Jun-2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I had to because the only way I could get the water image I wanted was to use direct sunlight - and so I didn't wash the image out completely, I opted for gels.

Edited at 2008-06-20 03:13 am (UTC)
20th-Jun-2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Excellent idea. :)
20th-Jun-2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Simply amazing.
20th-Jun-2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Thanks, love!
20th-Jun-2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Sweet! Need to try this.
20th-Jun-2008 02:53 am (UTC)
I found a community on Flickr that has many viewfinder images already - start there.


20th-Jun-2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Oh that is too cool.
20th-Jun-2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Innit though?

Edited at 2008-06-20 02:53 am (UTC)
20th-Jun-2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Love the icon! That woman gives me chills.
20th-Jun-2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
But am I bovvered?
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20th-Jun-2008 03:31 am (UTC)
very nice!
20th-Jun-2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
20th-Jun-2008 04:39 am (UTC)
I love it! I didn't know you were so talented...
20th-Jun-2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, sir! Here are other examples of stuff I've done:

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20th-Jun-2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
That's about a mile & change downstream from my loft. It is what's left of the City Mill, and was originally built by Horace King, who was born into slavery and triumphed in architecture. Just past it is the 14th Street bridge, now closed to traffic and used as a foot path between Georgia & Alabama.
20th-Jun-2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Long time my friend. I'd love to have any of those in our collection. I am particularly liking of numbers 9, 10 and 13. Hope you are well! I forget about Columbus and how available it is for photoshoots. M and I might just have to come down sometime to show him around. Would be great to catch up.
20th-Jun-2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Use anything you like, print them, screen them, they're yours for the taking!

You're welcome anytime, I'd love to see you!
20th-Jun-2008 05:36 pm (UTC) - These
Beautiful beyond words, YES.......but when I lick them, I can't taste anything! Tell me, am I doing something wrong?
23rd-Jun-2008 12:55 am (UTC) - amazing
You are one big bundle of WOW!!!!
Love you!
5th-Jul-2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
These are absolutely incredible dear!! LOVE them and now need to go play with my cameras!!
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