TLR Tuesday

Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see, and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt

Loki, the dog of mischief, relaxing in the back yard on a hot day & much more interested in squirrels & his stick than in posing for a photograph.

In one of my works in progress, the protagonist is a photographer who uses a vintage twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera.

Back before I switched to digital photography, I dabbled in TLR film photography with a vintage Ricoh Diacord. When I started writing about operating a TLR, I realized I needed to brush up on the details. How do you set the exposure again? And is the image on the ground glass reversed, or reversed & upside down?  

So I dusted off my Diacord, loaded a roll of Portra 400, made 12 exposures, & shipped the film off to the lab, all in the name of research. Then the scans came back. This photo of the dog of mischief was near the end & was my very favorite shot from the roll.

I had forgotten how much I love the look of TLR photographs–the square format, the detail, the depth of field—nothing else is quite like them.

This was my first time shooting color film in the Diacord. My previous experiments were all done in black & white, which I still love, but I was surprised by how much I liked color TLR photographs. There’s a new roll in the camera & it’s over half full, so expect to see more film photos in the very near future.

Oh, & if you were wondering, the image is reversed left to right in
the Diacord, 
making composing an image a bit of a challenge.

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