Category Archives: The Old Days

The ground-glass view – John Neel

THE UPSIDE DOWN WORLD INSIDE YOUR CAMERA

Yes. Even as you view the upright image on your iPhone or iPad, you are actually looking at an image that has been corrected to show you the scene with the correct orientation.

Sony a7 - © John Neel

Dreaming of the Sony a7

In designing anything, usability is what you try to incorporate into the thing being designed. Functionality is always more important than what a product looks like.

Hasselblad - © John Neel

A Hasselblad Returns

I was recently given the beautiful Hasselblad above by my dear friend,…… American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War: Carole Gallagher, a startling look at the effects of atomic fallout from the nuclear testing in the American West on those people who lived downwind. Carole’s beautiful black and white photographs taken of the victims and families who were affected by radioactive contamination are a dramatic account of their involuntary participation in the atomic age.

Deer -  John Neel
FujiFilm X-A1

FujiFilm X-A1 w/ an auxiliary viewfinder

FujiFilm X-A1 Camera…While many people have become used to shooting using only the view-screen, there are some like myself that like to frame and shoot by …viewfinder, which among other things, just seems more professional. Auxiliary Viewfinders …

Anamorphic - © John Neel
Bolsey B - © John Neel

The American Camera – Bolsey

  There was a time when America made some of the worlds best cameras and lenses. Believe it or not, many of the most interesting cameras ever produced were made…

© John Coffer

Inspiration – John Coffer – “The tintype Recaptured”

John Coffer is an alternative photographyer – living an alternative lifestyle. He makes his tintype images with a huge and ancient camera.

Box-Tengor - John Neel

A Box and a Lens – A look at an amazing little box camera

Most of these cameras were made from wood and covered with a pebbled grain cloth or paper. There were some that were made from paperboard and used a pinhole rather than a lens. More expensive versions were made from stamped metal and covered in leather. They had simple shutters and apertures.

polaroid59-3