Another Brownie photo, 07 October 2009


Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s not really the 7th anymore, but then again, I also don’t care – as you’ll likely note if you’ve read any of my previous posts that happen to disregard the date boundaries. Temporal considerations aside, here’s another photo from my recent escapade with my Brownie Junior box camera and a roll of expired film.


Photo Information:

Camera: Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior
Film: Kodak Porta 160VC (120), expired
Exposure: “Instant” shutter setting; f/8 aperture [1]
Metering: [2]

The subject of this photo is the battleship, U.S.S. Wisconsin (BB-64 – the Iowa-class one), which is now a museum ship berthed in downtown Norfolk. I happen to love this class of ships, even though they are technically obsolete. [3]

I am actually quite impressed with what this simple little camera can do; as you may be able to infer from the lighting, I shot this photo in the late evening. Even so, the camera captured the rather subtle tones in the sky, as well as the highlights on the ship’s hull. The shadows are a bit heavy, but not too much more exaggerated from what they actually look like at this time of day.



[1]: As mentioned in previous posts about this camera, I assume that the shutter speed is approximately 1/60 sec., and the aperture supposition is inferred from other simple cameras that have similarly limited settings.

[2]: Also, as previously mentioned, given that there are only two settings for the aperture and only one usable shutter speed (in daylight, anyways), there really is no need to use a meter. The camera will either capture the scene properly, or it won’t. There aren’t many adjustments to make that could affect the outcome.

[3]: I’d go on at greater length, but that’s a topic for another day. I do know that there are some in the Marine Corps who would prefer to have these ships remain battle-worthy, but our elected betters, in their infinite wisdom, have decided otherwise.


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