Sami Serola

Sami Serola

Posted on 01/18/2016


Photo taken on January 18, 2016


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Le Matin (morning) by Pyras, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France

Le Matin (morning) by Pyras, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France
I found this old diafilm slide from my archives. It is taken in 1980s, when I was visiting Paris for the first and only time in my life.

I had difficulties to find out the names of this statue and artist. I suppose French have plenty of art anyway, more than they even have time to document on Internet.

The reason I took this particular shot probably is how I felt shocked to see a statue vandalized with graffiti like this. At that time, for an ignorant teenager, it was something completely new. And later on I have discovered this sort of behaviour as typical probably through the whole history of human beings. At certain point, the respect on someone else's work of art ends, and it is found only as a suitable surface to express one's own purposes.

And here's how I photographed the old slide:

Making of a slide

I used old zoom lens turned the other way round, which then makes it a good macro lens. Then I needed a good "black box" for the slide, I got a crazy idea to use extension tubes to attach an old film SLR camera on front of the DSLR. The slide I attached to the metallic body with magnets.

These old Olympus SLR cameras were ingenious! One could detach the rear cover very easily, which in this case was very useful thing. And because it has a mechanical shutter B, I was able to lock the mirror and open the shutter with cable release.

Annemarie, .t.a.o.n., Evangrek63, et au dela des apparences have particularly liked this photo


10 comments - The latest ones
Orlando
Orlando
Sami, you have to be nuts - in a good sense, of course! =D
This rigg worked perfectly!

And I understand about being shocked due to vandalism acts... so sad!
19 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to Orlando
Yes, I am nuts! =D

I had to find some use for those old junks...
19 months ago.
et au dela des apparences
et au dela des appar…
I love the "act of love" of the two cameras !
19 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to et au dela des appar…
Ha ha ha! =D Well said =)
19 months ago.
KYZ
KYZ
face to face
or
in love

:D
19 months ago.
Sami Serola has replied to KYZ
I hope it is not a kiss of death =D The old OM-4 that I used as a "black box" got broken long long time ago, and I then replaced with new OM -4Ti. But I kept the old body just in case...

The digital Olympus E450 still works, and I even use it from time to time. I have just so used to pocket cameras that I somewhat use it only for very special uses like super macro shots.
19 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Beautifully captured, well done ;-)
19 months ago.
Amazingstoker
Amazingstoker
What an inspired way to photograph a slide 10/10 for ingenuity
19 months ago.
Evangrek63
Evangrek63
great
19 months ago.
.t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
yeah !
19 months ago.