Sunday, August 21, 2011

getting in deep...


The more I dive in, the more rust I find!  So I take off one layer at a time, and clean as I go...




Here is the aperture...3 convenient settings!  ( f.16, f.8, and f.4, I think)



Here is the shutter assembly- coated is rust, and very stuck.  I think a few days of soaking in penetrating oil might help...


I have been taking pictures as I go, so I can retrace my steps to assembling the camera again! 

Stay tuned...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reviving an old rusty camera!


A friend gave me this rusty, wet, grimy little beauty last night- a vintage Kodak Duaflex camera!

This camera was made from 1947-1959 in The States.  It has a focusable lens, 3 aperture settings, and takes 620 film.  

I opened the camera in total darkness to see if there was any film inside, but their wasn't.....(wouldn't it be cool to find a roll in there?)


Boy howdy, that's rusty!  The shutter is stuck, and the film advance knob is, too...


This is the viewfinder- full of rust, too.  I'll have to take the whole camera apart to clean it out.


I cleaned up the accessible surfaces with my homemade cleaner, and am soaking the screws and nooks and crannies in oil, in hopes to ease everything loose for a complete cleaning, and then see if it will still work!

Friday, August 12, 2011

(Not!) hanging on the fence at Historic Brown Canyon Ranch, Hereford, Arizona, USA

homemade "Picassocam" pinhole camera, 15-sec exposure, paper negative, developed in caffenol CM, color and texture added in Photoshop

Brown Canyon Ranch was recently made more accessible, thanks to a new road. I hope to get out there more often...

The families who occupied Brown Canyon Ranch over the years ranched cattle for nearby Ft Huachuca, providing food for the soldiers.

Good luck will rub off on you if you spy something lucky in this image...

image made: July 31, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Brown Canyon Ranch Hereford, Arizona, USA


Brown Canyon Ranch Hereford, Arizona, USA by Crunchy Footsteps
homemade paint can pinhole camera, paper negative, 25-sec exposure, developed in Caffenol CM, color and texture added in Photoshop

It's lovely to see green this time of year! I am uncertain if the green here was the comeback of preventative backburning frm the Monument Fire, or just simply from moisture of monsoon rains alone.

The families who occupied Brown Canyon Ranch over the years ranched cattle for nearby Ft Huachuca, providing food for the soldiers.

I exposed a little longer than the meter told me to, to try to get more detail from the shadows in the structures. I'm not sure how much I achieved that, but I am happy with the exposure overall.

image made: July 30, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

out building- Historic Brown Canyon Ranch, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona USA

paint can pinhole camera, paper negative, developed in Caffenol CM, color and texture added in photoshop

Daughter and I had a very nice and quiet outing to Brown Canyon Ranch last weekend. This is an outbuilding immediately off the house, which was built in 1905-07.

The families who occupied this homestead over the years ranched cattle for nearby Ft Huachuca, providing food for the soldiers.

The ranch house is currently undergoing renovation, hence the modern-day ladder perched against the building.