Saturday, September 13, 2008

Through the Viewfinder - The Build

Amy called yesterday about this great idea she came across for using the twin lens camera she just bought, not knowing I have a similar camera that was my grandfather's. Mine is a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, what a great name, right?! Of course, I fell in love with the idea of using this camera that my grandfather had taken so many picture with . So I spent the evening building my own Through the Viewfinder (TtV) retrofit!

Here is the Brownie Hawkeye, which had previously sat idle on the bookshelf since it came into my possession about few years ago.


The retrofit is built out of cardboard so it's not a lot to look at, but it does the trick. The only electrical tape I could find was green, so this contraption looks extra earthy! Also, I had to use a popsicle stick to keep the front of bowing out, I did color coordinate it though...


And here are a few of the results. I need to play around with the white balance on my camera, but these turned out well for the first go around. I'm excited about taking it out and seeing the world through my little Brownie Hawkeye twin lens!



5 comments:

Jen said...

That's so cool that you have one too. I love how the pictures look.

Amy Kingman said...

The blurry edges are AWESOME on your lens, and just the right amount of dust! Sweet look! Can't wait to take our two Frankenstein camera contraptions out for an afternoon together. :D

Kingsler34 said...

These are amazing. Its so cool how you're taking simple photographs but making them seem as if they're from a different world & time. Really inspiring!

Sara said...

Love it, love it, love it! High five to you and Amy for mad creative skills. That picture of Lexie is so amazing. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see what else you and Amy come up with!

Sue said...

Steph, these are awesome!