View Full Version : Hawkeye flip trick

04-25-2009, 08:23 PM
DannyK started off with some neat images from his Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, in which he had reversed the lens. I wanted to try this trick, came across a camera, modified it, and shot a roll of Portra 160NC. Here are a few of the images from that roll. It's so much fun, I'll be doing more of these, I'm sure!
Thanks for turning us on to this fun way to use this camera, Danny! Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/cafe_7646.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/cafe_7646.jpg) http://f295.f295.org/uploads/ivytree_2256.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/ivytree_2256.jpg) http://f295.f295.org/uploads/thicket_6278.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/thicket_6278.jpg)

04-25-2009, 09:12 PM
love the first, though it really screwed with my head at first -- as i was reading the text, i was scrolled just enough to see the top third of the picture, and was reading the blue area as solid with the silver as a sort of suitcase clasp... so when i scrolled to see the rest, it took me a minute to adjust to the real scale ;D

anyways good stuff -- they seem to hint at narratives... the blurring makes me aware of the photographers presence and 'movement' in the space

04-25-2009, 10:43 PM
These are wonderful, Mary. I think that I have a six-20 box camera lying around in my 'to be pinholed' bin. Perhaps I had better dig it out. . . .

04-26-2009, 11:38 AM
Great results, Mary. This would make an interesting portrait lens, too.


04-26-2009, 02:48 PM
Thanks for your comments! Purplecow, I agree that looks like a giant latch of some kind! Funny! Earl, I'm pretty sure it's worth trying with just about any of these old cameras with simple lenses, as was mentioned in the earlier thread. Do It! Joe, I will try to use it for a portrait, if I can find a willing model :) Does my cat count? Maybe my husband would cooperate, just for the sake of ART-- lol!

04-28-2009, 02:49 PM

Yes! Wow, that first one has stopping power, combining mystery, modern vision and old elements in one frame where it all fits in.
The colors support the feel of the image in every way, adding to the image.
The second and third picture aren't bad either :-)

I went to a racing event with my two sons the other day, took the hawkeye along, and shot two rolls of Ektachrome for cross processing. Somehow the Hawkeye inspires to "take it wild"...
Will post some shots when they come out as weird as I hope (in the time machine thread).

Thanks for sharing. Although it's not pinhole, we can still have some fun :-)

BTW: I have sent a 'thanks for the idea' mail to Brett Johnson, the author of the LL article, receiving a kind reply holding a beautiful picture.


04-29-2009, 05:30 PM
Great idea to thank the original author, Danny! Staying tuned to see what your next roll brings to life.

06-07-2009, 08:05 PM
Well, I hope that Brett isn't claiming that this is his discovery in the article. For the past four-to-five years myself and others have been sharing this tip and many, many others related to the BHF with flickr members over at http://www.flickr.com/groups/browniehawkeyeflash. It all happened accidentally with an incorrectly replaced lens after a cleaning.

Well, regardless, now that you are all psyched up about using the camera, join us over at flickr and post your images!

07-24-2009, 02:30 AM

I have re-visited the "scene of the original flip thread" to see if it works in color for that.
Well, actually, I just had another one of the many business meetings at that office complex ;)

But I took the Hawkeye, and took a color shot of the branches that grow through the fence, and also a shot of the parking building.

I did like the B&W picture, but in color ir also makes me happy!

cheers, Danny

("cheers" is what my Scottish colleagues say, and write at the end of their emails. All the time) Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/eqparkingcolor_3444.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/eqparkingcolor_3444.jpg)

07-26-2009, 10:41 PM
These are cool, Danny! I like the color version of your earlier image. Even more mysterious. And the parking structure looks like a pile of hats!

08-02-2009, 05:04 PM
Hi e50e,
Thanks for telling us about the flickr group! There are a gazillion groups on flickr and that's one I hadn't run across. I'll pay a visit and maybe post some of these over there.