Old School by Ainsley Kellar Creations

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Captured the newest, most delightful addition to my photographic equipment arsenal, a groovy lil’ Kodak Duaflex camera, complete with vintage dust and scratches on its sweet baby lens (the more dust and scratches, the more character in the outcome!). I’ve experimented a little during the last week with TTV technique and I am really enjoying the results. I love the old school look of the images, complete with a halo effect around the subjects that adds a bit of motion, almost a 3D feel. I also dig that there is no need for adding any effects afterwards, as the images have plenty of built in “texture” and “movement” and the lighting is already warm and perfect! The only thing necessary to do edit-wise is you need to crop the image since your modern day lens is a good 8 inches or so away from the vintage lens. Therefore, you get to keep in a small portion of the dark frame around the edges (you decide how much), further enhancing that unique old fashioned flavor.

TTV, or through the viewfinder, is an exciting alternative to traditional photography. Basically, you take your digital high tech camera and place it above the lens of the antique camera, in my case a nifty Kodak Duaflex and start snapping. The Duaflex lens is located on the top in the form of a convex bubble. (So you are looking straight down to take pictures as opposed to straight ahead with it pressing against your eye.) To avoid the glare from light sources that might reflect off the vintage camera’s lens, it’s best to use a makeshift dark box that works like a tunnel between the new camera and old one. I just cut a long cardboard tube shape box in half and then I held it against the top of the old camera with my left hand then shot with my right hand. There are lots of contraptions that can be made that will fit onto the old camera so you do not need to hold it all the time, but I was so anxious to get started I just dove in. Soon I will build a more suitable system so I don’t have so much to juggle! Using a macro lens is optimum in this format.

This image was captured in natural light. Minor post editing, no cropping.

Some fledgeling results:

The world is full of magical photo ops…

All you need to grab them is a zest for life, an eye for the extraordinary and that trusty camera of your choice.

Raise the sturdy weight of it to your face … close one eye then … lower your finger upon the shiny black button… hold your breath then… hear that hypnotic click and suddenly, dynamite explodes! the stars collide! and maybe, just maybe you’ve captured a magnificent moment in time… How thrilling is that?!?

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  • canonman99
    canonman99almost 5 years ago


  • I just added some images and revised the info, so check back if you so desire… :)

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • canonman99
    canonman99almost 5 years ago

    very nice work

  • Thank you! :)

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 5 years ago

    Ah yes..remember these! Cool!

  • :) Thank you for making my day with your heartwarming comment and divine favorite!!!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • sfmilner
    sfmilneralmost 5 years ago

    Greetings Ainsley; Wonderful capture of photography days gone by! Great framing and information.

  • :) Thank you so very much, Sweet Steve, for your delightful comment and always appreciated favorite!!! Hope you are enjoying a terrific evening!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • Mark Tull
    Mark Tullalmost 5 years ago

    Old’s Cooool…

  • Ah, yessssssss!!! Ya got that right! Thanks for stopping by!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • Stephanie Hillson
    Stephanie Hillsonalmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much!!!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Wow! Thank you very much!!!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • shadyuk
    shadyukalmost 5 years ago

    Fascinating image !

  • Thank you soooo much!!!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 5 years ago

    Awesome image and I liked the tutorial too – very interesting!

  • Thank you so very, very much!!!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

  • 4artisticdesign
    4artisticdesignalmost 5 years ago

    fantastic work ,very interesting :)

  • Thank you so very much!!!

    – Ainsley Kellar Creations

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