|Holiday Flash Brownie|
I didn't know what to expect from this little camera, but I took it out for a walk to peach Mountain Observatory near Dexter, MI, and it turns out that it may have given me the best images for WTCD that I've taken in a while.
It certainly qualifies as a toy camera, as there is only a shutter button for control. That's as rudimentary as any box camera. The Holiday Flash Brownie also has a glass cousin, a Christmas tree ornament that I bought about 5 years ago. It's one of
So, I developed the roll of Portra today, and I was astonished at how good the negatives were. I don't have any film holders for 127, so I simply used the area mask in my V700 scanner, laid the negs emulsion-side down, and covered them with a sheet of 8x10 glass to flatten them out. I had to tweak the orientation a bit, but overall, the scans came out quite good. Peach Mountain is mostly UM property, and there is a radio astronomy observatory, as well as a Lowbrow Astronomers Observatory with a 24" optical telescope, and an abandoned UM observatory. All make for some interesting images. The sunny day and open shade did not thwart the Portra 160's latitude. I can see why this film was used in school portrait cameras, which is where the bulk rolls of Portra 160 come from.
Here is a screen capture of the negatives, followed by some of the scans.