威斯康星州 winters are cold. Really cold. Being outside can be unbearable at &次，尤其是 when the temperatures are in the single digits for weeks on end. Before 冬季 went in to full swing here, I had made plans to do 一些indoor photography projects during the cold months, maybe a still life series or a 肖像 series.
I had it all planned out, then the first snow happened and changed 所有of my photo plans. I wanted to get outside and capture the winterscape on film. This was my second winter in Wisconsin, and the thing I find most fascinating about winter here is the freezing of the lakes and ponds. Huge bodies of ice form, and the water won’t be seen again until March. I am from the southwest, this doesn’t happen in New Mexico. A local told me when speaking of all the winter activities, “We are a hardy bunch!”, and indeed this is true. Ice fishing, cross country skiing, ice skating and hockey 是 just a few of the low temperature activities here. Cold temps are a welcome transition for these northerners when winter arrives. The days are short, the sun rises 和 sets in a soft arc, and the light illuminates everything in a soft, pastel way.
我选择了 to photograph the winter with my Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior. It is simple 和doesn’t require much technical set up so I thought it would be good for my cold hands and for moving from one place to another easily. I used some kind of stabilizer 对于 every shot: a light pole, steps, walls, trees, park benches, a bike rack, a fire hydrant, the ground, my knee. It can probably be shot hand held, but I didn’t want to take the chance being that there are only eight images per 120 roll. Yes, I unwound 和 rewound 120 film onto a 620 spool.
那里 are two viewfinders, one for landscape 和 one for portrait orientation. I almost always used landscape, simply because it was easier for me to see my composition within the small viewfinder window. It has a 小 aperture (probably equivalent to F16), and a larger one (approximately F11). Also, there is a bulb mode so both of those can be held open for any amount of time.
They 是manufactured between 1934-1942. The “junior” is one of a very long list of Brownie “box camera” models produced by Kodak. The lens is a fixed meniscus lens, and I 将 guess the shutter speed is anywhere between 1/40-1/60. It held up in the 冷冻 temperatures and has held up over time (nearly 80 years!).
My next plans for using this camera are already in the works. There were so many 生产的“盒装”相机， and there are still so many available. I found mine for $12. I like to think 关于 where it has been and what kind of photographs it has taken with it’s previous owners. If you ever get the chance to shoot with one I highly recommend it!