|Noel Coward behind the Ansco Super Memar|
Sir Noel Coward is arguably the epitome of flamboyance. English playwright, composer, singer, director and actor. That is why I decided to use his photo as a background for the exemplar Ansco Super Memar. Both are products of the 1950s. Loomis Dean captured Sir Coward in 1955 at the desert near Las Vegas to depict his song "Mad Dogs and Englishmen". The camera was made in 1954 by Agfa, the same company that manufactured the film.
I made a few decent shots with this camera. The viewfinder is bright and uses a neat rangefinder, which focuses with relative ease. I love this camera for its functionality and for its classic look.
As for Dean's shot of Sir Coward, the urbane artist complained that he doesn't wake up until 4 o'clock in the afternoon. But with limo and a tub of ice and liquor, Coward was persuaded. He goes on to say, "Splendid, splendid ... now if only we have a piano."
This is my latest installment to paying tribute to vintage cameras and icons behind them. For techies, you would be please to note that I've been using the Carl Zeiss 100mm Makro mounted on the Canon 5d Mark ii set at f/22 and at a very long exposure. I'm also using LEDs to light up the subject. The killer shot is actually a composite of images shot from different lighting direction and later on layered so I can paint out desirable shadows and highlights.
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