The Reel Deal

And speaking of vintage technology…. with the lightbox setup already in place, I figured there were some other vintage tech items to photograph.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

I’d recently purchased a 16mm film reel from Urban Ore as a prop. So I tried a few of the yellow/blue polarizing filter shtick like with the cassettes.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

The effect isn’t as dramatic, because there isn’t enough of the clear plastic to do the rainbow effect. But I did like the general hues given the background.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

I also really like the plain pattern of the film with the backlight peeking through and the slight curve of the lines.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

I also had a good time playing around with the film leader.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

Unfortunately, my light table is too small to show the entire reel.

16mm Movie Reel
16mm Movie Reel

Dropping a color gel behind the setup added a bit of drama.

16mm Movie Reel

Looking at some of these, I thought they might work well as book covers, so I made up a simple mock book jacket as a sample of how I think these images could be used.

Adding Some Color to Old Technology

I’ve got all these cool old analogue items around me. Truth is I’m something of a hoarder- especially when it comes to gadgets and tech stuff.

Audio Cassette
Clear Audio Cassette

At some point recently I thought it would be fun to plop some of my old cassettes with clear plastic cases on a light table.

Audio Cassette
Clear Audio Cassette with Rainbow Effect from Double Polarization

Then add a little rainbow effect with double polarization.

Audio Cassette
Clear Audio Cassette with Rainbow Effect from Double Polarization (variation 2)

And if that wasn’t enough- I used a yellow-blue polarizer for following effects (see two photos below.)

Audio Cassette
Clear Audio Cassette with Rainbow Effect and Warm Color Background due to Double Polarization and Yellow Blue Polarizing Filter
Audio Cassette
Clear Audio Cassette with Rainbow Effect and Warm Color Background due to Double Polarization and Yellow Blue Polarizing Filter