What to do with my sandwich paper?

2011-06-05 16

At least two reasons why you should use sandwich paper, not just for sandwiches!

Sandwich paper (wax paper, parchment paper, or any other type of semi transparent paper) can also play a useful role in photography!

I recently opened the back panel of my Diana, affixed sandwich paper to the inside, threw a dark jacket over my head, opened the shutter (holding down or locking the shutter release open on the “B” setting), and discovered the world as my camera sees it. Occasionally I do it again, to compare in particular what is captured through the lens with the view through the viewfinder – this will save you many a misjudged shot and also allow you to directly compare different lenses and different focused distances with each other!

Since I already had the sandwich paper adhered to the inside of the camera, I wondered how well it would work as a frame. So I carefully tore away at the center of the square. I had thought the ripped paper would result only in a frayed border, but development revealed that the sandwich paper still let some of the light through, creating a very special semi-transparent effect around the main image!

The sandwich paper should be well adhered to the camera – In the end, my mask was ripped off and pulled into the roll during spooling. Luckily, all the pictures were already shot!

written by shoujoai on 2011-06-05 #gear #tutorials #frame #border #mask #parcment-paper #sandwich-paper #wax-paper #transparent #diana #top-tipster-techniques #transparency #experiment #tipster #medium-format
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16 Comments

  1. courtneygawthorp8193
    courtneygawthorp8193 ·

    Very cool! I might have some paper laying around... I might try this!

  2. jojo8785
    jojo8785 ·

    Wow! Great Idea and cool effect - will give this a try :D

  3. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    What a creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. easilydistracted
    easilydistracted ·

    the reults are fantastic!

  5. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    a very cool effect!

  6. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    I'm gonna try less opaque paper, thanks. Like the fibrous border of the mask ;-)

  7. shutterflysimmons
    shutterflysimmons ·

    this is so cool! maybe it would work with tissue paper too?

  8. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Wow these are awesome!! :D

  9. yolicious
    yolicious ·

    great idea!

  10. waldofaldo
    waldofaldo ·

    nice! do you put the paper on the outside of the lens or on the inside? ha

  11. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Lovely effect! I think I'm trying this out! :)

  12. parky
    parky ·

    really cool

  13. hahajaney
    hahajaney ·

    What a brilliant effect this has. Love it!

  14. sophiesays
    sophiesays ·

    I tried this and my pictures weren't half as good as yours:(
    Maybe I'll give it another shot sometime..

  15. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Need to try this someday! Your photos are really nice! :D

  16. michele10
    michele10 ·

    really nice thanks, here's my album with this technique: www.lomography.com/homes/michele10/albums/1901745-b-w-with-…

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