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Friday, September 12, 2008

Hello Beautiful!

A week or so ago I won an old twin lens Kodak Duaflex camera on ebay. I just think they're super cool looking and I thought it would be something interesting to have on a shelf in the living room. Aside from it's aesthetic value, I of course thought that it would be fun to load it up with film and shoot some photos with it from time to time.

As soon as the package arrived, I opened the box, pulled out my new (old) toy and began to wander around the house. As I gazed down through the top of the camera through the viewfinder there was something really cool about what I saw. The same things I see EVERY day somehow looked different and a little more interesting. I thought little more about actually using the camera other than to show Alex the Duaflex when he got home. Just as I did, he held the camera at mid torso level and looked down through the top of the camera and commented on how neat things looked through the viewfinder.

Apparently we're not the only ones who think that a little magic happens when you look down through the veiwfinder of these old cameras. I recently found a post about TtV (Through the Viewfinder) Apparently there's a whole community of people who rig up their digital SLR cameras to take photos down through cameras like my duaflex. Here's a great how-to article that explains the process. I can't wait til tomorrow when I will rig up my own duaflex for some TtV fun!

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3 comments:

Steph said...

What a great way to bring new life to these cameras that not only capture beautiful images, but are also a piece art themselves. I have one of these Kodaks that was my grandpa's and I'm all about this!

mindy said...

Nice! I actually have a duaflex as well. I went so far as to get film for it, but only got through about half the roll. haha. I was too picky on what to photograph with it.

good times. using it does take you back.

Amy Kingman said...

I cant wait to see what you two come up with!