Re: dreamy Nikon lenses
I'm not aware of JMC having a "bad lens" specially made - do you have a
reference for this?
She did us a fairly long focus lens for some of the pictures, and did
deliberately manipulate (shade) the light, which resulted in longer
exposures (and thus subject movement) but I didn't know she used any
special lens, though it might well have been a landscape rather than a
You can put anything in front of a digital camera. I've taken quite a
few pictures with a Nikon D100 body using a pinhole rather than a lens,
and it works rather nicely with a zone plate.
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Judy Seigel wrote:
I've enjoyed this thread, while reflecting that these things (duh!) do
go in cycles... I remember reading Gernsheim's furious contempt for
Julia Margaret Cameron's "dreamy" tableaux, tho he did like her
portraits of famous men.
Somehow the matter came up in a class I was teaching in the '90s, I
mentioned that Julia Margaret had a lens *specially made* to be "bad,"
and the class leapt up, almost as one, wanting to know where to get
Nobody mentioned smearing vaseline on the lens, tho I've heard about
that, and a friend of mine sticks a magnifying glass in front of some
camera or other and gets a great "bad" image with that (wracking my
brains trying to remember who that was !!!).
But Rudolpho's e-mail makes me wonder what I was wondering already. I
happen to have a Goertz Dagor, and even (think I) know where it is.
Can I fasten that in front of a digital camera... ? I suppose the
answer is "try it," but... any hints?
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