Roll # 3
I just finished the third roll of Fuji Superia 100 in the little Brownie. Things are much simpler now that I just take the film out and ask my processor to please return the 620 spindle to me, rather than rewinding it back onto a 120 spindle before processing.
All the pictures were good. I am presenting the best here. Once again I attempted to use the image processing to cause the screen image to be as accurate a reproduction of the original print as possible.
The first picture was taken with the original flash attachment and it's old "25B" flashbulb (Sylvania Blue Dots for Sure Shots). My wife snapped the shutter; and then, after the astounding conflagration, exclaimed "It's smoking.".To which I replied: "Yes. Isn't it wonderfull?".
The next is a 20 second time exposure. I found I was able to attach a Bogen ballhead cleat to the bottom of the Brownie with large amounts of electrical tape. Then I could put the camera on a tripod. I tried to be very careful in opening and allowing the shutter to close so as not to vibrate the camera.
I never did understand why they put that lever on the left side of the camera that allows you to switch it to "Bulb" mode, when there was no tripod mount. I guess one was supposed to shoot from a table top and try to hold the camera as still as possible.
The remaider of the pictures were taken on a recent trip to St. Petersburg Beach Fla. and Savannah GA. The night shot was again taken from a tripod.
I probably wont be using the
Brownie for a while, as I've now learned that it can take a good
picture on modern print film if one pays attention to the conditions
it's capabilities can handle.
I just received these insightful comments from a real photographer.
Checked out your website on your experiences with the Brownie Hawkeye.
Looks like you have had a lot of fun proving you don't need high dollar equipment.
I was a professional photographer from the close of WWII until 1972. Mostly for large corporations even Boeing and Beech
Aircraft. I loved photography and after "retirement" I owned a large color printing lab that serviced professionals (and amateurs) of all
types. I also belonged to camera clubs and the Professional organizations. During these years I also contributed photos in amateur
and professional picture contests winning a few. But I had a lot of fun trying to take, what would be considered, very difficult or impossible
with a "box camera" In this case a Brownie Hawkeye. A few times, I entered color prints and the judges assumed I used a Rollie or a Hassy
but I had used the Brownie, and I didn't tell them any different. I always shot with a tripod and used various homemade accessories. Now
here are a few facts about the BH you might be interested in. Some of these facts came from Kodak reps at the time.... Due to the introduction of Kodacolor film in 1947, Kodak found they needed to upgrade the lens quality of the cheaper cameras for color correction so they put a doublet lens in th BH which helped the black and white photos too, and allowed the color negs to be enlarged. This accounted for the extreme popularity of the BH. The lack of a tripod socket on the camera which had a time-exposure feature was because the camera engineers were under extreme duress to cut costs. As when Kodak left a flash connection off of the Kodak 35 in 1938 amd Argus beat the pants off them. It was discovered in the late 50's that 120 could be used in the BH.
The simple way to rewind the film ? Reverse the rolls (spools) in a Rollieflex and wind it up. No problem.
I still amaze people when I show them 11x14 color prints taken with a "box camera" There is no personal involvement
in photography these days. And that's what fun is all about.
Thanks for listening.