Oculus - J. K. Ribout Photography

December 12th, 2015

Dak Shutter, Kodak

Oculus is a series of photographs I have done of some vintage cameras I own. I find the mechanisms, crisp capture and overall feel of old film cameras fascinating and amazing. They have a sense of mystery, an unknown air to them, having been made in a completely different era; they are a link to the past.

Dak Shutter, Kodak

This is the Kodak Vigilant Junior Six-20. It was a folding camera made by Kodak from 1940 to 1948. This camera (along with the Brownie) reminds me of Old Hollywood - which is my favourite era. I’m fascinated with this camera and want to learn how to photograph with it (if I can find film).

While photographing the Dak Shutter, I used one source of light coming from above - creating a spotlight. I wanted to create a dramatic light that accentuated the details. To help fill in the shadows, and help create that nice catch light in the lens, I used a reflector to reflect the light back onto the camera surface.

The Brownie Target Six-20 was a vey popular camera that was on the market in 1946 and discontinued in 1952. It is a very simple yet elegant mechanism and all around a very nice piece of photographic equipment (though rarely ever used now).

Brownie Target Six-20

While shooting the Brownie camera, I let the natural night coming in from the window just spill over my subject - creating a nice, soft light. The depth of field helped to blur out the background and create an image that was both soft and crisp.

Nikon F-801s

The Nikon F-801s is a 35mm SLR developed in the late 1980s. Again, with these shots, I wanted to let the natural light do its magic. the way the light was coming in through the curtains made for a very interesting pattern and overall great light source. The harsh light hitting the camera helped black out the background and the depth of field created beautiful focus.

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I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at øculus.

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