Back To The Future

My recent film adventure at J.C. Raulston Arboretum with two vintage Kodak cameras yielded one good image.

The 1915 No. 1 Kodak Autographic Jr. has a big light leak which I don’t think I can fix.

  The box Brownie works well, when I remember to advance the film.  It’s tripod mount is the same as a 2017 camera.

1925 No. 2 Kodak Brownie Model F with 120 Kodak TMAX 100, at about 1/30th second and f32



Spent a perfect May afternoon at J.C. Raulston Arboretum with two vintage Kodak cameras.  The No. 1 Kodak Autographic Jr. was made about 1914 and the No.2 Brownie dates to 1925.  Both rolls of 120 film go for processing tomorrow, should have them back next week, for scanning and editing.

Instead of a light meter or Kodak’s original instructions,  I used a modern DSLR to determine exposure aka the modern “Polaroid”.  That’s how studio photographers used to do it with film: set up lights, adjust with a meter and make a test shot with “instant” film.  2 minutes later, they knew if they were ready to shoot or needed more adjustments.

Here are 3 of today’s digital “Polaroids”.  Handheld, single exposures, edited to what I saw, not what the camera recorded.