Cherie Siebert 'artsfish'

Cherie Siebert 'artsfish'
DC metro area, Maryland, USA
March 09
artsfish studio
Artist, traveler to distant and obscure places, seeker of knowledge, lover of all things creative, explorer of all things of interest, partner, mama of 2 little ones adopted from China, activist on a mission to right all things wrong, fixer of all things broken and .... a truly horrible cook. I grew up in a little town in Ohio but left due to a chronic case of boredom.

MAY 30, 2009 5:18PM

Dear Dad, I'm coming to see you in WWII (Photo interlude #1)

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me reflection

me reflection

 me reflection 

(click on images above to enlarge) 

 me reflection

 Click here for a PDF file of the original manual for this camera

In this series; 

Dear Dad, I'm coming to see you in WWII (Part 1) 

more soon - I've been digging and scanning and have found SO many interesting things to share......

 Related Posts;

 Now THAT was a man who could wear a hat.....

A walk in Dad's shoes-Piccadilly Circus, London


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I REALLY wish I could read the bottle label.

Cognac, perhaps?
Love these photos of your dad. The bottle looks like Corvoisier. Wiki shows a bottle of it...so I'd say you were right!

Wonderful. Rated
Cherie, I love these images. I'd love to know if the basic image is what came through on the scan or did you post process the background to blur thereby enhancing your dad. Sepia?. I love the edge treatment too, and the dropshadows you use. Such a love-infused display of your artistry. Just beautiful. I'm also curious about the camera--a medium format?
Buffy I think you may be onto something...

Barry, Thank you. The only thing I did to the actual photos was to create a border and sepia-tone them. I'm guessing the background blur is a natural effect of the lens. By the size of the negative , I'm going to guess that these were taken with my father's Kodak Brownie (c. early 1900's) - which I still have. I just took the camera outside and took a picture of it. I'll add an image of it to this post in a few minutes.
Updated - and I even found the camera manual. I love the internet!
Oh, btw, I did also adjust the contrast of the images.

The camera has a rudimentary depth-of-field adjustment by the bellows. You can select either 8 , 25 or 100 feet
Wonderful. He was so handsome and debonair. I wish I had photos like this of my father.
thanks for the info on the camera, that is so cool, I love it.
I have always wanted a suit like that! (and to wear it with that much style . . . )
The more I sort through his photos & negatives, the more thankful I am. And - with the technology available today to the average consumer it's much easier to bring these images to life. I bought an Epson v700 last year specifically because it was recommended for B & W negatives. However, I didn't get around to using the negative scanning feature until now, and I think it's quite amazing. I just can't see any advantage over the old-style darkroom printing - though I'm sure my first professor of photography (who was an apprentice to Ansel Adams) would likely disagree. However, between the scanner technology and the versatility of Photoshop, current techniques come out on top.

Emma - I keep looking images like the ones above and thinking "Wow, that is one very hot guy" Honestly, in so many of his photos he looks like a film star from that era - I have to keep reminding myself "hey, that's your FATHER you're fawning over.....!"

Barry - I thought you'd find it just as interesting as I did. Thanks for the motivating questions. Now I want to do a series of posts about ALL his cameras.....
Cherie what a wonderful find! Thanks for posting these images! I am amazed at the resemblance!!
I find looking at your father through time to be compelling.
It's quite evident from these photos where you got your style. He does look like a film star. Your artistry is wonderful.
What a fantastic find to come across those photos. Your father was obviously an interesting man. I wonder who took the photos?
Cherie, those pictures are amazing in their clarity and detail. And yes, the resemblance is so clear. Makes me wonder where all my parent's pictures are. Thanks for sharing these.
WOW! Pic #2...air guitar in the late 30's, pre-Les Paul? Fabulous! Way, way cool Dad...and, as you suspected, your physical resemblance is remarkable...creative and intellectual spirit not withstanding. Eagerly awaiting next installments.
My first camera was a Brownie Box I found in my Great Aunt's tool shed. It took remarkably good pictures, and I found that blurring of the background often - especially when we were in the Colorado mountains.

These are great pics. I love your dad's obvious sense of both style and humor.