To be honest, I don’t think the subject itself is that great – I guess I can assure everyone I don’t have a fence fetish. The part I do like about this is the layering of the images. I’ve been messing around trying to figure out if it’s best to layer the pictures from one side to another, top to bottom, or what. As far as I can tell, it all depends on the picture. I think the symmetry of the layers works here, but then again I took it so of course I think it works. I’ve gotta say though – this stuff is pretty easy and fun. If you’re so inclined, it isn’t hard – try it!
Last time I tried this I think it was sort of interesting but didn’t work for me. It seems that having one element moving through all of the pictures really helps. You’d think alignment would be easy, but the perspective quickly warps looking through these old cameras and everything gets fuzzy at the edge of each picture so even lining things up is hard. Also, just like with panoramas, having the same aperture throughout is pretty key. So what do you think? This is a nice quiet path, down in the arboretum.
Since I’ve been posting more of those Through the Viewfinder pictures (or at least thinking about them) again, I thought I’d finally get around to showing you the magic behind the pictures – the Contraption. I don’t exactly know why everyone calls them that, but there are a lot of these people, and “contraption” is what they all call it. Anyway, here it is.
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I stumbled upon a cool group on Flickr the other day – it’s all about Through The Viewfinder stuff, but with multiple shots pasted together into a collage. They’ve got some great stuff over there and eventually I got around to trying my hand. This was just the first effort. Trust me – I’ll get better at this, almost certainly because I can’t get worse.
Kinda fun, yeah? Well I learned a few things too. You need a strong subject moving through the frame – coastline, fence, something linear to help align the pictures. It doesn’t help that the camera I shoot my TtV stuff with is pretty darn soft around the edges of the frame. Also, I really need to throw it into a bit more of a manual mode, so I can get exposures to match up a bit better. I like the oddness of it, but room to improve. Maybe I’ll drag it out again tomorrow. What do you think?
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I’m sure it’s the grainy quality and the vignetting around the edge of the picture, but this shot of a totem pole I found in the UW arboretum reminds me of something from a ViewMaster disk. I’m thinking it would be titled something like “Indians carved these elaborate poles before we wiped them out and took their stuff”. This one stands watch over the Montlake Cut. When cruising by in a large yacht, I’m sure it’s fun to look at.
I like the angle in this shot a lot – one of the things about Through The Viewfinder is that you’re holding a periscope shaped device in front and below you, so for once, getting a low angle looking up at the subject is relatively easy (nothing is exactly easy with the contraption). Until my DSLR gets a movable live-view LCD, this is about the only way I have to take shots from this angle.
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It’s an old joke, but other than a place to toss my junk, this trashcan bears a striking resemblance to something familar… Another run-of-the-mill sighting in the Arboretum, but lots of colors, textures, and depth. One of the fun and challenging parts of TtV is getting the focus the way you want it. Your subject is through your camera lens, down a cardboard tube, and reflected in a ground glass prism, but then there is also the distance between the front of the prism and the subject, so focal distances are measured in several directions. It takes a lot of twisting and bending. You look funny. If security was around, they’d probably run you off. Make sure you look extra harmless.