|Butcher's Cameo. Photograph gallery.|
Left, taken late in the evening May 2001 , this picture was exposed with the lens at the widest aperture, the depth of field is consequently very short. Edge to edge definition is pretty bad at these settings, but if anything - when used for this type of picture it enhances the result. The Cameo is still capable of producing pleasing results, aided here with the subject suitably attired in period clothes (well not quite, the dress is c1935) and the resulting picture sepia toned.
After a long period of rest the Butcher's Cameo was given an outing in Late September 2016. The light was fading when I came across this old saw mill. The exposure was about one second at f.8
The image was taken at the Weald and Downland Museum and illustrates the recently restored and installed wooden framed crane. Entirely powered by hand the crane isn't merely an exhibit but a useful addition to their sawmill used to produce parts for the growing collection of buildings preserved on site.
Cameo is the name given to small engraved elliptical portraits, popular as necklaces in their day, and carried over into these black and white photographs, giving this Butcher's camera it's name. This Cameo camera was still producing family cameo images some eighty years after it was made.
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