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Project 52-10-18: Toy Camera
Posted By: djb47, 01-07-2022, 08:37 AM

Cameras like the Diana and Holga are embraced, light leaks and all, for their wonderfully unpredictable results. With their vignetting, blurry focus and lens distortion, the toy camera effect relinquishes control over the definitive outcome of the image, adding a palpable sense of serendipity to the photographic process. If you have a toy camera by all means use it. Your camera may have this as a digital filter effect, this is what this project is all about. If not, applying this effect to a digital photograph will add a unique retro feel to a photograph.



Photos for P52-10-18 are to be taken and posted between Jan 7 and Jan13.

Rules:
1. Anyone and everyone who is interested is eligible. The goal continues to be
have fun and share comments, concepts, insights,and techniques with fellow
Pentaxians.
2. Each week will feature a Theme and Sub-concept for you to explore.
3. Post your single picture in Project 52-10 thread for the week. Explain what
motivated you to take the picture or how it represents the weekly theme.
4. Some post-processing is OK (adjusting white balance, exposure, color
saturation), but let's try to stay away from heavily PP'ed images here. Try to
keep the creativity to photographic techniques and the captures themselves.
5. Since this project is about technique, and not camera, shots taken by non
Pentax cameras are allowed. Cameras may be SLRs, DSLRs, Point &Shoot,
Medium Format, etc. But no phones, please.
6. There is one “Theme Concept” labeled “black and white,” but feel free to post
black and white, sepia, monotone, etc., for any of the other themes.
7. The picture you post should be taken during the week in which the theme is
active to be eligible for judging.
8. Any picture taken from thread start date to listed closing date is acceptable.

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01-08-2022, 05:04 PM - 3 Likes   #2
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Here's a photo of what is essentially a toy camera, taken with a lens meant to be used with that toy camera. I held the 50mm lens for the 110 in the lens mount of my K1, using live view of course, as the mirror would hit the lens otherwise. Lighting is from the sun shining in my patio door, and the shot is jpeg straight out of the camera, cropped to 4:3 ratio. If the weather smartens up a bit, I may try it out in my yard too. If I get something I like more than this shot, I may replace it. I was surprised at how well this actually worked, but it obviously won't focus anywhere near infinity.

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Great way to start us off with this project Kristian. Well done. I've yet to try freelensing.
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Used the toy camera digital filter on my K30 and there was negligible difference from a normal exposure. I then used my Canon SX50 and got this image with a dark vignette at the corners. Not a very strong toy camera effect compared to images I saw online. So I then added some flare, noise and blur to the image to mimic the toy camera effect -- for better or worse. Doubt I'll be using the toy camera digital filter in the future.



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Whilst I have a Coronet 6x6, no way I'd get a film sorted in time ��, so I've tried a triple filter stack using a star, spot and circular polariser with long exposure tonight. Pretty unpredictable results hopefully keeping with the spirit of the toy cameras.
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QuoteOriginally posted by djb47 Quote
Great way to start us off with this project Kristian. Well done. I've yet to try freelensing.
Thanks, I had no idea it was a technique with a name. I was fairly careful to make sure I wasn't going to bump into anything in the camera, and I think the worst you could do is foul the mirror with this particular lens. Something meant for a larger flange distance would be much better though, but this was all I had at the moment. I toyed with the idea of building something using eyepieces from a couple old rifle scopes and toilet paper tubes, but didn't go very far with that idea. Maybe I'll revisit it again on a miserable weekend.
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Time to close this Project. Thank you Cedrus and turbo-bird for your submissions. Both are interesting approaches to the toy camera challenge.


turbo-bird, I like how your image also has a tilt-shift effect with the top and bottom of the image softly focused. Another characteristic of free-lensing.


Cedrus, I like the minimalistic look to your image. The triple filter stack wiped out most all the detail in the night sky.


I'll give the nod to turbo-bird on this one. That little flare spot tips the scale for me.

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Thank you, I was pretty surprised at how well it worked out.
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Good choice Don, well done Kristian, you really did embrace the challenge spirit well
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Here's another one, but taken with the 18mm lens for the little 110. It doesn't do quite as good a job blocking out stray light, and is really hard to hold in place with how tiny it is.

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It's a nice effect, I actually prefer this one with the light flare and greater distortion.
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You seem to have mastered the effect nicely Kristian.
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