About a week ago I went for my daily dose of dooce and happened upon this post wherein she describes a new (to me) technique that involves a very old camera (the Kodak Duaflex II) and a very new camera, in my case a DSLR (Nikon D50). I followed her links for more info and was totally sold.
I then went straight to eBay and was rapidly outbid (I wouldn't spend more than $25) on four separate duaflex cameras within two days. But someone was smiling down upon me because with a little crafty digging, one seller had a 'buy now' button for, um, SIX DOLLARS!! And then, it came in the mail yesterday, and
The quicky run down is, these Duaflex II have a large viewfinder on the top of the camera. You build a light blocking device (I used black construction paper and you can see some light seeping in above), tape to the old camera and shoot the image passing through it with the new camera. I left the image above uncropped because I liked the effect. Here is another image that shows how very excellent and grungy a toy this really is...
I am aware that you can get these types of effects with Photoshop but this is way more fun for me and the randomness of it all fills me with glee. I apologize in advance for the plethora of screwy duaflex/D50 pictures headed your way but please be kind. My obsessions don't tend to come around often enough.