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Red Plums, Blue Bowl

5 Oct 2008
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For the past year, I have been practicing a style of photography called, 'through the viewfinder' (TtV). This is a technique, which employs the use of two cameras at once. In this case an 80 year old ground glass 4"x5" camera is focused on my arranged still life of plums. My digital Nikon camera is then used to capture an image of the ground glass viewfinder on the back of the 4"x5" camera.

The grainy distortion and scratches from the old ground glass which give the image a painterly look (without photo manipulation), is part of what I enjoy about this style of photography.

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rickscool wrote
on 5 Oct 2008 8:46 PM

What an interesting technique. But one thing you failed to mention was your composition. And yours is fantastic. Beautiful photograph

Karyn wrote
on 6 Oct 2008 10:36 AM

It really is lovely, Val!  You have such a wonderful eye.  

I'm so glad to see you here!

on 6 Oct 2008 12:46 PM

Val - thanks for the positive comment regards my lanscape. But what an idea you have here. I used to do a lot of photography using a Polaroid Land camera which had a 4x5 ground glass but never had the brainstorm that you did about making a picture of the ground glass itself. It is doing very interesting depth of field things involving edges and spatial concerns in this piece. More please!


DanaD12 wrote
on 10 Nov 2008 8:00 AM

The composition...painterly...and the colors...scrumptious.  Beautiful work.