Sunday, December 30, 2012

Macro Mondays = New or Old

It's freak'n cold outside...
if we had some frost or snow, I might be a 
little more eager to venture outside to take a photo!
This weeks theme "New or Old" was easy
because one of my most treasured objects is an old Kodak camera
that belonged to my mom, so my subject was easily chosen for this theme!
"The Bantam is a cute little camera. It is popular with collectors due to it's small size and overall cuteness. It has a strut supported front standard and a bellows. It takes 828 film and has a green (instead of red) window on the back for frame counting. It has a Kodak Anastigmat Special f4.5 48mm lens. There are shutter speeds of: T B 25 50 100 and 200 and the aperture goes from f4.5 to f16. The shutter must be cocked with the lever just above the lens before firing the shutter with the shutter release on the body."
"The camera has a flip-up folding viewfinder. The lens focuses from closer than 2.5 feet to infinity. There is a button on the back near the winder which you must press to wind the film. This is to prevent accidental winding."  These were in production from 1936-47. I priced one on eBay for as much as $80 but mine is priceless, after all it comes with a story of my mother chasing a black bear for a photo-op, during her honeymoon, while they were at Yellowstone National Park, Colorado!  Priceless!
 
(Didn't realize it was starting to corrode, see the turquoise flakes? 
I better clean her up!)
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I shared a couple macros with my Macro groups.
One being a Flicker group, 
called "Macro Mondays" (here),
and then the other
 MM3
 "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
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Macro photography has always fascinated me
and I'm still waiting for the words to explain why...
just something about it! (So articulate!)
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 “If your pictures are not good enough, you’re not close enough.” -Robert Capa
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About.com defines Macro Photography as "taking extremely close-up images of subjects. The technically correct definition would be to take an image at a 1:1 ratio but, in general usage, the term has come to mean any close-up photography.  Macro capable photography lenses are marked with magnification ratios such as 1:1 or 1:5.  A 1:1 ratio means that the image would be the same size on film (negative) as in real life. A 1:5 ratio would mean that the subject would be 1/5 the size on film as it is in real life. Due to the small size of 35mm negatives and digital sensors, a 1:5 ratio is nearly life size when printed onto 4"x6" paper."
I'm looking forward to waking up late New Year's Day,
going to our favorite coffee shop
and drinking my frozen caramel coffee while scanning 
through all the macro photos that have been posted on these sites
...the perfect way to start the new year!
Happy New Year
and
Keep on Click'n!

6 comments:

  1. These are really great macro shots... I love the spine of the open book

    Mollyxxx

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  2. Fantastic 3rd shot - thanks for the motivation.

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  3. I think you have some great macro photos! I love macro, but haven't been terribly successful on a consistent basis.

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  4. Lovely shots, and the macro is superb, love it.

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