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Nagel Recomar 18. Photograph gallery.

Photographically this may be the most important window in the world, as it was the very Oriel window that Fox-Talbot successfully recorded in 1835 in one of his early experiments. The Recomar came about roughly a century after this event, and our example photographed the same window in May 2005 from inside and outside, at right.

window that Fox-Talbot successfully recorded         in 1835 window that Fox-Talbot successfully recorded         in 1835
The Recomar is actually quite versatile, the two images above were taken by setting the distance on the scale, however the two images of the Drinker Moth caterpillars were taken in poor light and long exposures using the ground glass screen and into the double extension range.
Drinker Moth caterpillar
Drinker Moth caterpillars

A foggy night at Southampton Docks in May 2005 and at right the fireman accepts the key from the Station Master at New Alresford on the preserved Watercress line.

Watercress line
Southampton Docks in May 2005

Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar

A very rare occurrence for a Living Image camera without a coated lens, a colour film. I was just curious to see how it would get on. The negative is quite crisp, unfortunately the website image had to be taken from a print, so there has been considerable loss. The colours aren't too bad and the sizable negative recorded a lot of detail of this annoyingly lively Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar, munching his way through an Iris. The camera was at maximum double extension, and the time between removing the focus screen, inserting the film folder, removing the dark slide and setting the exposure meant that the little chap managed to evade the picture more times than not. Sadly, his evasion tactics weren't to save him from our resident Blackbird who made a meal of him the very next day.
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