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« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2016, 01:25:14 am »

The next part is the camera. I've made a frame for a large format field camera. I've used 2"x2" wood to make the frame and tripod. Next up is making the bellows. The idea is to stick my DSLR camera lens through the round hole. This way, the entire camera is out of sight.



<cough><splutter> Could I temp you with a camera that uses the new fangled sheet film ?

A recent addition to my collection

A modest little 10"x12" complete with a contemporary 360mm Dagor lens - The couple of times I've taken it out, it certainly made an impression.

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« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2016, 08:09:19 pm »

What a wonderful camera, Serrac!
It reminds me that I have to add some bits and bobs to my camera. And brass, I need more brass!  Grin

Meanwhile, I'm also working on the clothes. At my parents place, where my mother has a sewing machine and an overlock machine.
Pics follow soon.
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« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2016, 12:47:37 pm »


Bellows finished!


...And camera also finished.
(almost. It needs a dark cloth on the back.)
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« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2016, 03:20:46 am »

My Dear BB -
That is an awesome build, I am entranced by your bellowws!
yhs
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« Reply #29 on: January 03, 2017, 07:54:01 am »

Thank you, Prof. Marvel.

Working on the vest and coat now...




A lot of work to be done, but it's getting shape.
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« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2017, 02:13:10 pm »


Tophat finished! With a black velvet band and an old pair of glasses. No goggles.  Grin
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« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2017, 09:04:05 pm »

All looking great!
You are indeed a multi-talented chap!

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« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2017, 10:45:28 pm »





The coat is ready to be sewn. This is just hand stitched to see if everything fits like it should.

(not to anyone who wants to make their own coat: because it is supposed to fit perfectly, it takes a lot of stitching and fitting and altering. Much more than a pair of pants or loose fitting shirts. And with inner lining, it gives an extra dimention of difficutly.)


Bitween the sewing of the vest and coat, my wife has sewn the back cloth for the camera. It's going to be nailed to the camera with some furniture nails.
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« Reply #33 on: January 22, 2017, 08:48:21 pm »

A little update:
Trowsers, coat and vest are all prepaired to be sown. This is what the entire attire looks like (with an additional off-white blouse underneith).



Notice the look on the face of our little Jack Russel:

Olivia (that's her name) looks a bit worried:"Is daddy going mad?"  Grin
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« Reply #34 on: January 22, 2017, 10:58:54 pm »

She does look a little concerned at "daddy's dress-up"!
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« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2017, 05:32:30 pm »

Saw someone make a digital camera look like an old fashion one once. They hid it inside of a frame they build and had the flash aiming up into a mason jar with stuffed animal stuffing in it. When they took the photo looked like old flash going off. But was digital so they could take new ones if turned out bad or such
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« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2017, 05:33:35 am »

Olivia (that's her name) looks a bit worried:"Is daddy going mad?"  Grin
Around here we're all a little mad.  Wink  Some more than a little mad.
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« Reply #37 on: January 24, 2017, 07:45:21 am »

Olivia (that's her name) looks a bit worried:"Is daddy going mad?"  Grin
Around here we're all a little mad.  Wink  Some more than a little mad.

And some much madder than others!
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« Reply #38 on: January 24, 2017, 08:05:37 am »

Olivia (that's her name) looks a bit worried:"Is daddy going mad?"  Grin
Around here we're all a little mad.  Wink  Some more than a little mad.

And some much madder than others!

Well if we're all here, we can't be all there...
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« Reply #39 on: January 26, 2017, 11:01:48 pm »

About Olivia: she knows the routine of putting on a coat before going outside. That look she gave me was one of anticipation, waiting to go outside. Part of that routine is for her to approach me and sit beside me and wait for me to put on her leich. It's amazing that so much knowledge and information can fit in such a small doggie. Cheesy

As for the camera: The idea was to use it to cover up my DSLR-camera. It fits in the big camera, but doesn't operate as easy as I'd imagine. I have to fiddle my hands and the camera inside the bellows and put the lens through the hole. I think about using it as a prop, with perhaps a translucent groundglass and a magnifying glass as a camera lens. I can hide my real DSLR-camera under my coat, with a sling strap.
When the attire is finished, I have to look into that option. I might have to keep my coat unbuttoned, to keep access to my DSLR-camera.

A little add-on project is going to be a reflector screen. I'm a photographer that loves to use sunlight, no flash. A common reflector screen is usually a white or aluminium colored disk. Not a Victorian or Steampunk look. I'm thinking about a hand fan. On one side white, on the other white metal.
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« Reply #40 on: January 26, 2017, 11:15:50 pm »

Your wife could hold a parasol that is metallic silver on the inside maybe.
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« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2017, 03:12:14 am »

Bicyclebuilder, et al. ,

    I've been off list for a while due to some medical issues, none the least of which is my heart.  But it looks like things may be getting a little better now.

IF you are still searching for ideas for a Victorian Photographer, might I recommend the movie "Kate and Leopold"(2001).
Remember, you've got to have that flash pan and plenty of powder.  Wink
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« Reply #42 on: May 09, 2017, 09:35:25 pm »

It's been a while since I've posted.
Meanwhile my attire is finished. (a few details to be done)
The camera is definitly going to be a prop, not a cover for my DSLR-camera.
To be able to haul around the big wooden camera, I've started making a cart, using the Ikea Dunsön cart as a base.
It's going to carry one big suitcase/box and one smaller box. The suitcase has room for the big camera and for some personal items and food.
The smaller box is going to be my DSLR-camera box. Big enough for a few lenses and a reflector screen.

I have x-ed the idea of making a hand fan/reflector. I figured, when I'm holding my DSLR-camera, I'm already out of character. A modern time reflector wouldn't bother anyone.

As for pictures: they are coming, as soon as I have everything done. Cheesy
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« Reply #43 on: May 09, 2017, 10:51:49 pm »

What kind of a tire again?

Sorry. Cheesy

On a more serious note, the camera bellows layout look s remarkably similar to that of an accordion or concertina.
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« Reply #44 on: May 27, 2017, 09:57:28 am »

Small update:

these two boxes are going to be mounted on the cart.


The top box needs a nice lock to keep the box closed.
The color of the box matches one of the colors of the fabric of the bottom box.
A bit bright and bold, but it works for me. Cheesy

The bottom box is covered with the same fabric as the bellows and camera cloak.
It has plenty of storage room.
This box is going to have a piano hinge and slim belts to keep the box closed.

I've tacked and glued the fabric on the box, using a very thick wallpaper glue. The glue itself would have been enough, but a few staples tacked, keeps it permanently attached.
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« Reply #45 on: May 27, 2017, 08:09:12 pm »

After looking for vintage(looking) leather suitcases, visiting dozens of thrift stores and flea markets and after nearly finishing my hand made, custom boxes, my wife comes home with this:


 Roll Eyes Sad Undecided
For free!

Ah well, these could have worked, but probably needed the same amount of work cleaning, altering and fastening.
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« Reply #46 on: May 29, 2017, 11:41:40 am »

This is such an impressive project! I'm really looking forwards to seeing the final ensemble.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #47 on: June 10, 2017, 03:18:53 pm »

The cart is finished!
It might need some character but that may be seen when everything is combined.
Right now, the big camera is at my parents place along with my attire, so I have to wait until we go to them, to fit it all together.

The top box has a metal hinge lock.
The big camera and trypod goes behind the top box and partially inside the bottom box.
The bottom box has two leather straps to keep it closed.
It takes some time to open the bottom box, but that's fine.
The main reason for this cart is to haul along the big camera and trypod. 

      

As for the two leather suitcases, they are not for this project. I think I'm going to fix them up later.
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« Reply #48 on: June 18, 2017, 09:45:54 am »

Camera and cart combined. It needs a few small tweaks, but it works!
The camera trypod slides behind the small purple box and partially inside the bigger box.
I've added a strap around the trypod and cart, so the camera stays in it's place.

Now it's time to find a nice location and time to take a few pictures of the whole ensemble.  Grin
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« Reply #49 on: August 08, 2017, 07:00:55 pm »

I've altered the camera. Added a lens and ground glass so it could actually work.
It works (it projects the inverted image on the ground glass) but not perfectly.
The image has a big vignette. A quick google and a youtube video taught me that I need a fresnel lens.
Luckyly fresnel lenses aren't that expensive, so I've just ordered a couple online.
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