It’s time for another Brenda Photo Challenge! The current subject is “antiques.” After checking out my photos, please click on the above link to see contributions from the other participants.
We have a nice assortment of antiques here at the cottage, so I have plenty of subject matter. The hard part was making a decision! I dragged my feet on the assignment until this past Thursday. I tossed out some ideas to Mr. Jim, but he offered up his collection of antique camera equipment for my photo shoot. That got me excited!
I tried out some different techniques, so I concentrated on photographing only one camera for the challenge. It is 5 by 7 camera (which denotes the size of the glass plates, in inches) with a focal-plane shutter. The manufacturer was Contessa-Nettle, a German company that was in business between 1919 and 1926. This model was called the “Deckrullo-Nettle.”
(85mm lens, f/3.5, 1/40 second, ISO 640)
It is outfitted with a handsome Bausch & Lomb lens.
(85 mm lens, f/3.8, 1/100 second, ISO 640)
The carefully machined, metal exposure dial is way beyond my understanding!
(85mm lens, f/3.8, 1/60 second, ISO 640)
Most cameras of the day were black leather. This particular one is a tropical version, featuring teak wood, nickel reinforcements on the corners, and brown leather bellows. Oh, the stories that it could tell!
(18-200mm lens, f/9.0, 1/25 second, ISO 640)
Besides being functional, a close-up of the leather bellows and folding struts illustrates that this camera is also a work of art.
(18-200mm lens, f/14.0, 1/15 second, ISO 640)