When my Uncle Louis was stationed in Germany in the early or mid 1950’s my Dad sent him some money and asked him to buy a Rollei twin lens reflex camera and send it back to the states for him. It was, I believe, one of the nicest things Dad ever bought for himself and I have cherished it ever since he unofficially passed it on to me sometime in the early 1980s after he saw I was getting established on my own two feet as a photographer. When he was mustering out of the Army in 1945 Dad had thought about being a professional photographer himself but chose to be an engineer instead. The camera still works but it doesn’t see very much use these days. My father died in late August 2002.
Camera and processing:
Shot at f/10 and 1/250th @ ISO 125 with a Nikon 40mm ƒ/2.8G Micro Nikkor DX on a D7000 body, this is an example of “focus stacking” using 10 very carefully manually focused photos. Raw processing: Lightroom 3.5. Focus stacking software: Helicon Focus. B&W conversion, resizing, and output sharpening (Photokit Sharpener 2) in Photoshop CS5.
Lighting: A Paul C. Buff, inc Einstein 640 monolight @ 40 watt-seconds in a Chimera Super Pro small strip light softbox feathered slightly towards the background diffused though a FlexFill single layer silk, with a Fomecore panel to camera left for bounce fill light.