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Cruising the flea market I came across a gorgeous lime-green Anscoflex camera. I had never actually picked up a twin reflex camera before, so I carefully messed around with it a little bit trying to figure out how to open the lens cover. I finally popped it open, pointed it at the guy who was selling it, and took this shot by holding my iPhone about 16″ away from the Anscoflex’s viewfinder. The camera was only $40… money well spent
More TTV shots here.
Flea markets are great places to experiment with “through-the-viewfinder” photography. It’s fun to just try pressing your cell phone camera up to the viewfinders of some of the old cameras you find and see if you can get any neat shots.
I posted some pics yesterday that I shot through the viewfinder of Troy’s Holga. Today’s pic is a shot of Troy that I shot by putting the camera of my iPhone on the “wrong side” of the viewfinder. In other words, I held the camera backwards and shot through the front side of the viewfinder. This is a cool way to get distorted images. This pic was also edited with Camera+.
The small size of cell phone camera lenses really opens a world of experimentation that would be difficult with more standard size lenses. I met up with Troy many months ago and asked if I could mess around with his Holga. I was stoked to see how nicely my iPhone camera fit up against the Holga’s viewfinder. The viewfinder obviously isn’t the most interesting feature of the Holgas, but I still got some fun shots with it.
Through The Viewfinder (or TTV) photography is created by taking a photo through the viewfinder of another camera. This works great with the huge viewfinders on older twin reflex cameras, but the tiny camera on mobile cams provides great opportunities to shoot through all sorts of viewfinders. It’s also a great way to provide a fresh look to your mobile photography.