Five Fact Friday: Reflections of You

~i have been a rockclimber for twenty-five years~
~one time i spent two nights and three days on a "big wall" in Yosemite~
~i also spent three months hiking the appalachian trail alone; i was 19~
~i heat my entire house (600 sq. feet) with this little lovely "Fatso"~
~i have a thing for photographing bones~
~sometimes i have to drive across flash flood areas to get to and from town~
~i have an amazing family~
Ni Hao Yall

ttv (through the viewfinder) part one

through the viewfinder (ttv) is a really easy technique involving two cameras:  a digital camera and an antique TLR (twin lens reflex) camera.  essentially, you are composing the shot with the TLR and shooting with the digital.  
you will need to use a longish lens hood to keep light from entering the top of the viewfinder on the TLR.  I use a shipping tube cut to about 6-8".  paint it black (flat black spray paint) if you are getting light reflections or flares.  I attach the mailing tube to my stock lens hood with black duct tape.  

it also helps to have a macro lens attachment  (I use a cheap screw on one.)  try out different strengths; half the fun of ttv is working out the kinks and idiosyncasies.  what it will give you is a lovely dreamy look.  blurry at the edges, slightly distorted with one sweet point of focus.

in the next post i will show how people are doing faux ttv in photoshop.  super easy, but not as cool looking (in my opinion.)

hand in hand

i found this elk leg with hoof in the meadow; the hunters leave these around after field dressing.  since i collect bones and things, naturally I was excited at this find.  often, the dogs will bring them home, but chew them beyond recognition.  this one was near perfect (would have preferred if it was still running under its live elk body.)

poop with a view

deep in a forest in the mountains of central arizona is my special wild place.
the only eyes around to watch the outhouse in use are the cows, mountain lions, coyotes, squirrels, flying and crawling critters.
i love this outhouse; and, yes, i do use it from time to time.

Windmills in the Wild West

Okay I'll admit it:   another trespassing adventure. (All photographers do this don't they??)
I have an interest in windmills and how efficiently they work to bring water up to humans and other creatures (Pronghorn as the case was today.)  
So, I jumped the fence and it was worth it.
The dogs got a swim and I got a fresh drink of water.
I stuck my face right up to the pump shaft and took a drink.
This is the motor for (I guess) when the wind isn't blowing and the tanks need to be filled.
It looks like they hook it up to something else. (An old diesel generator?)
But today, the wind was blowing beautifully and water was pumping up from beneath the surface.
Water is a lovely sight here in the high desert.
Images were captured with my Pentax K10, 45mm, a 4+ macro filter, and my exquisite new (to me) vintage Argoflex seventy-five.
To read more about TtV photography, go HERE.
To see some beautiful examples, go HERE.
~texture used on all images:  "Subtly Yours" by Kim Klassen~
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New Additions to the TTV Family

Here are the new babies:  a Kodak Duaflex and an Argoflex seventy-five.  I have to say I was most excited to receive the Kodak but (after several test runs) I now prefer the Argoflex.  The images are clearer with a sweet sharp center and a nicer blur on the edges.  The Kodak gives me a double image on the skylines and object edges (like a weird halo effect.)
I will post a couple pictures taken with both cameras, and you can decide for yourself.  However, remember that each camera is different; each Argoflex will be different; each Kodak will be different.  So it's less about the brand and more about the individual "personality" of your particular camera body.

TTV (Through the Viewfinder): First Try

~my first try at this fun and quirky style.  Kinda like a Holga images, but almost instant. ~
I used my digital camera (pentax k10) to take a photo through the viewfinder of an antique argoflex seventy-five.
I brought the digital image into lightroom then photoshop.  I enhanced the natural edge blur and sharpened the door area.
Once I get my "contraption" built to keep out light, I won't have any reflections on the finished image.