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Box of delights

I forgot I had this beautiful little Zeiss Ikon Baby Box  tucked away.   I bet it was a great little camera in its day.  It is very small indeed, not as tall as a cigarette packed, but when you pick it up it just feels like `quality`.    I am guessing that this was the basic model, and I believe they started making them in 1926 (the year my Dad was born).   It even has its own snug little leather case. (:o)

My photos this week are really all about being able to have a bit of fun, indoors with  bad weather and poor lighting.  I have tried to use the lighting to my advantage, and experimented with enhancing the lighting with the help of Photoshop.


comments (35)

  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 7 Feb 2008, 00:28
This is very nice!
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Martin. I was quite pleased with this one. (:o)
Very very nice!
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, bridge. (:o)
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 7 Feb 2008, 01:56
What a little beauty, Roz! It's a real treasure. BTW, I love the lighting and background. Very good comp.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Kay. Glad you like the photograph, though I cheated with the lighting and added it in Photoshop. (:o)
I love it. I collect cameras (haven't found a good one in a while) because I like the aesthetic element of their construction.
Rosalyn Sears: It is such a lovely little thing. (:o)
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 7 Feb 2008, 02:43
THAT, dear Roz, is a relic to be proud of! Makes you just want to stare at it...and pick it up and hold it with tenderness! You lucky lady.
Rosalyn Sears: It is very tactile, Ginnie. I think it is the heaviness of it, despite the small size. (:o)
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 7 Feb 2008, 04:35
Does this camera still work? I'd love to see the pictures it could take.
Rosalyn Sears: I`ve never tried Jewlya - to be honest, I would not know where to begin. I would be interesting to see, though. (:o)
What a great "box" !! smilesmilesmile
A collector, I've seen this one in a shop.. quite expensive.
Rosalyn Sears: Cute, isn`t it? It is just such a lovely thing to hold, small but heavy. (:o)
  • Aussie
  • Back on nights
  • 7 Feb 2008, 06:49
Terrific capture Rosalyn, the lighting and tones are superb
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Aussie. I have to confess that I fiddled with the lighting in Photoshop. (:o)
  • xavi
  • Spain
  • 7 Feb 2008, 07:00
Rosalyn Sears: Gracias, xavi! (:o)
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 7 Feb 2008, 07:08
beautiful shot Roz! love the lighting... lovely tonal variation!
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Richa. Taken indoors on a dull day, so the photograph was a bit flat. I`m trying to get to grips with Photoshop, so I experimented with lighting filters and really liked this `flashlight` one. (:o)
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 7 Feb 2008, 07:09
THIS is some presentaiton of 'where it all started' the lighting is superb, you may be proud of yourself, Roz....
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Astrid. Needed a bit of adjustment in Photoshop, but I was happy with the end result. (:o)
Great shot Ros. I've got some old cameras in a cupboard and one is an old brownie. I'll have to get them out and have a go at this!
Rosalyn Sears: Now that we have all got used to the sleek lines of modern cameras, the old ones can look very beautiful. It`s a fun project for a rainy day, so I look forward to seeing them. (:o)
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Feb 2008, 07:58
What a great find for you Roz.To priceless to be tucked
Nice soft shotsmile
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Tracy - glad you like it. (:o)
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Feb 2008, 08:06
I like the way you have done the lighting - very simple but effective. Does this camera still work? It would be interesting to see the results if it did.
Rosalyn Sears: I added an additional lighting effect from Photoshop, because it was looking a bit flat. I was rather pleased with the results. (:o)
  • mick
  • 7 Feb 2008, 08:16
Exellent product shot,who needs college.
Rosalyn Sears: Glad you think so, mick. (:o)
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 7 Feb 2008, 08:24
Nice composition, beautiful light on it !!! Well done ...
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you Ann! (:o)
Great shot ..
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, shakara. (:o)
Very good lighting! Very nice picture.
Rosalyn Sears: Happy you think so, Frank. (:o)
Lovely shot Roz. What a little beauty.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you! Super little thing, isn`t it? (:o)
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Feb 2008, 10:13
A seriously beautiful image of a bit of nostalgia, Roaslyn.
Rosalyn Sears: So glad you like it, Ray. (:o)
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 7 Feb 2008, 10:53
Nice capture how far cameras have moved.
Rosalyn Sears: Indeed! I do like this little `golden oldie`, though. (:o)
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 7 Feb 2008, 10:56
Almost an act of homage. I like it. I have a few old cameras tucked away that used to belong to my dad. I've never thought of photographing them!
Rosalyn Sears: Glad you like it! You should dig your old ones out and have some fun on a wet afternoon. (:o)
Your lighting works very well, with no burned-out highlights or dark featureless areas, pin-sharp focus where it matters (the "face"!), seductive backlight and a sweet wee bit of photo-history- a triumph!
Rosalyn Sears: Well thank you so much for those very kind words, David. I appreciate and value your comments. (:o)
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Feb 2008, 11:44
Great picture and yes it is nice to have some fun indoors with the camera. Amongst others you get to know it even better.

Like your title - imagine the shutterchancers of yesteryear getting together at the old mill pond with their freshly developed pictures ...
Rosalyn Sears: lol! Yes I can imagine that. (:o) Glad you like the photograph, Louis.
Great picture Rosalyn. What would we all do if we only had cameras like this to use nowadays.
Rosalyn Sears: Well, I, for one, would not be playing around with photography. I`m afraid I only started because digital cameras made the whole thing affordable. (:o)
Wow... What a classic. Zeiss glass to boot. Nice work.
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Gail. (:o)
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Feb 2008, 14:58
advertising shot, super job. mal
Rosalyn Sears: Typical.......I`m 80 years too late. lol (:o)
Did you use a filter to get this round circles on the edges
Rosalyn Sears: I did, Chantal. It was looking a little flat, so I used a photoshop filter, called `flashlight`. I liked the effect. (:o)
Very nice shot Rosalyn. Great texture and lighting
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Richard. (:o)
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Feb 2008, 18:17
Absolute corker of a shot Roz, it seems perfect
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Ellie. I do my! (;o)
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight, UK
  • 7 Feb 2008, 20:12
Looks a classic Rosalyn, well taken too smile
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Chris. It was an afternoon of fun and experiment, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (:o)
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 7 Feb 2008, 21:19
That's a great presentation. I have three old cameras, two of them box brownies, not unlike this style.
Rosalyn Sears: Do you use them, Dave? My husband thinks it would be fun to try taking a photograph with it, but I would have no idea where to begin, or if you can still buy film for these old timers. Glad you like the photograph. (:o)
  • Robert
  • Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 9 Feb 2008, 04:21
I worked for ten years for the Canadian distributor or Olympus, Zeiss, and Rollei. We had a ton of antique cameras in our showroom, including a couple that looked similar to this. One day, the owner of the company, sold the whole works for a song to a junk dealer. There were a lot of tears in that company, including mine.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 11 Feb 2008, 23:46
I used to use my box brownies, and the pics came out well as the negative was so large, but I can't get 620 film anymore.
Wow! Wow! I like this kind of image. For me a Likey!

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