I spent a long tome considering possibilities for this assignment and eventually decided to photograph an old Rollei camera that my step-father used 40 or more years ago. This camera has personal meaning to me as watching him use it started me on taking photos, it has meaning as a piece of photographic history as a camera everyone recognises and it also has some very interesting detailing.
All the images were taken inside on backgrounds of card or black velvet. The lighting was supplied by a standard household bulb in a flexible table lamp.
All images were taken in RAW and processed using Lightroom 2 and Photoshop Elements 8. Monochrome conversion was via Silver Efex Pro 2.
|ISO 400, f/3.2, 40mm efl, 0.8 sec|
Here the additional lens gives an interesting shape with an image that is almost a silhouette
|ISO 400, f/4.4, 80mm efl, 1/8sec|
The rollei without any additional lenses is almost a rectangular shape in silhouette.
|ISO 400, f/4.5, 90mm efl, 1/20 sec|
The rollei without any additional lenses or the viewfinder open is a simple box shape.
|ISO 400, f/4.5, 90mm efl, 1/15 sec|
When the viewfinder is opened the shape is still basically a rectangular box.
|ISO 400, f/4.5, 90mm efl, 0.4 sec|
This image was taken against a black background and the light was shaded from half the picture, what light remains emphasises the texture in the viewfinder and the faux-leather side.
|ISO 620, f/4.8, 48mm efl, 1/8 sec|
Here the camera is in its leather case and the texture of the shiny leather is emphasised by the black on white contrast.
|ISO 400, f/3.2, 90mm efl, 2.5 sec|
The very overexposed effect caused by accidentally turning on the lamp during a long exposure has given an interesting effect of showing the texture and detail in the main body of the camera while loosing the edges. This gives a stylised effect similar to a pen and ink picture.
|ISO 400, f/4.5, 90mm efl, 1/30 sec|
There is little colour in the camera itself, black and silver, however, the leather case is a rich brown which contrasts against the pale blue background.
|ISO 400, f/4.5, 90mm efl, 1/20 sec.|
Here more of the leather case shows, this time against a neutral background, together with the lighter underside of the strap.
This possibly was not the easiest object to use for this set of images - but overall I am pleased with them. An object with a greater range of colours might have demonstrated the lighting effects better, but this was certainly an interesting exercise.