My new (old) camera, a Balda Baldessa 1a, she's truly BEAUTIFUL! (Yes she) I can't wait to shoot off and develop my first film with this great vintage beauty! I had great fun capturing this too, I have a ring flash and macro lens out of loan from my university at the moment and thought I might try to do my new baby justice
No crazy Photoshopping or GIMPing on this one, except for a format change I think (Bleurgh, Jpegs!) just developed in Camera RAW.
These are really unique little cameras, I would definitely recommend a Balda if you're interested in vintage cameras or photography. This one has an interesting shutter release on the front which is actually really convenient compared to its predecessor which as an awkward piano key type release on the top. The film is wound by a key which folds out beneath the camera body and it is actually really easy to use this to support the camera while you shoot. This also means you can wind and shoot without taking the camera away from your face. The COOLEST thing about this camera though, is the focussing mechanism! Unlike most non-reflex camera, with this one you can actually see focus through the viewfinder, kind of like with an SLR. It's a really magical process focussing with her, in the view finder you'll usually see a double image in the centre of the view: by turning the cog on the front, this moved the two images together. When only one is visible, the image will be sharp
I think it's brilliant!
This is worth a full view!
Been put through some decent photoshop training recently and had to go back and start this one from the beginning, I'm really happy with the results. So it has changed slightly, but it's one hundred times better!
Canon 500D>EF 60mm USM Macro>Ringflash>Camera Raw 6.0>PS CS5 Voila!
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