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Hired a Photographer!

Postby Nevadablue » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:46 pm

The owner of the narrow gauge lines and consolidated companies (timber, mining, etc) got tired of missing out on seeing what is happening with his properties, so he hired a photographer! The fellow has a wagon and team and he lives in the wagon! He carries everything to prepare glass plates, develop them and print them!

Testing today went well. The first photograph was taken...

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And a print made!

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Postby demaine22 » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:32 am

What a poser 8)
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Postby Artizen » Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:07 am

Love the glass plate camera. Is it a bought one or something you have built?
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Postby Nevadablue » Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:36 am

Thanks! I built the camera, it was yesterday's project. Now back to... something else. :D I have a Gun Shop and Tobacco Emporium in progress. I need to post that one I guess.
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Postby RoGNer » Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:16 pm

:D That's great Ken - as always with your work!!

More pictures please!!!!

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Postby Nevadablue » Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:27 pm

Thank you Roger! I really enjoy this stuff, even when my fingers get superglued to tiny sticks. :D

These are some pics during the construction. The camera is made of tongue depressor and Popsicle sticks, glue and some brass tubing from a 'grab bag' of scraps. No stir sticks. Oh, the tripod is made from cotton swab sticks, the long ones like the doctor has.

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I think I built and rebuilt the tripod 4 or 5 times! It just wouldn't look or work right and got stuck to my fingers. :lol:

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Then it ended up too tall!

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This is before the camera got it's handle. I still need to make the ground glass and a good black cape for viewing. I got one made yesterday, but it was too small and wouldn't drape properly.

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The bellows is a piece of wood, grooved by the bandsaw blade (could be filed) and stained black. I saw a prototype camera pic with a square bellows, so I copied that. A tapered bellows (more common) could be built easily too, just start with a tapered block of wood. I didn't think of it until I had this one made.

Now the photographer is griping for a cinema camera and his wagon and tent! :D
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Postby Tomo » Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:59 pm

I always like seeing the process as I seem to always learn a new technique or two!

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Postby martin » Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:39 pm

Very nicely modelled... honestly thought it was off the shelf!
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Postby Artizen » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:09 pm

Maybe a fine wire from the front of the lens to represent the cable release? Oh, and don't forget the tray of magnesium powder for the flash! (Could be modelled with a very bright LED?)
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Postby Nevadablue » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:13 pm

Yes, for sure a cable release and the flash powder bar. I need some glass plates and hinges and fittings for the transit box too. Good idea on the LED. I'll see what I can scrape up. :)

The 'photographer' needs a brimmed hat and change of clothes (at least color). I saw that Ansel Adams used a white cloth too, in the desert for keeping cool. Oh, he wore a light colored hat too.

ARRGGG!!! Last night I found the UPRR's photographer car! Now this guy wants a wagon, tent, AND a railcar! :shock:
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Postby RoGNer » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:18 pm

Great set of pictures Ken - thanks for sharing how you did it!

Wonderful work, brilliant! I wondered how you did the bellows

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Postby Nevadablue » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:23 pm

Thanks Roger. I was trying to figure out how to fold such a tiny bellows out of paper or something... and the light came on. All I really need is the LOOK, not a real bellows. The square one was quick and easy. Then I realized that a tapered one wouldn't be much more difficult. A good 3 cornered file on that tapered block of wood... and done deed!
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