Well, you know what large-format photographers say about composing on ground glass: if the composition seems to aesthetically work upside-down, then it will work rightside up too. Of course if you're shooting square format like 6x6, you suddenly have four orientation choices instead of two. The composition should work any of four ways. So why not print and display your images completely randomly? By all means flip a coin (or two) to let the prevailing artistic spirits decide.
If a viewer gets puzzled by the results, simply turn up your nose, declaim with righteous indignation that they obviously know nothing about true art, and move on to someone more appreciative.
Take your pocket knife and carve a large arrow on all your lenses. The arrow on the negative will tell you the direction. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Just out of curiousity what are you photographing if it's abstracts it doesn't matter which side is up. The writing on the paper or the edge markings on the negative should be able to help you figure out which side is up.
Well, first, I would use a Sharpie marker to make the arrow. What if you used a different camera that wasn't broken? Then you would have to remember that the arrow is pointing the wrong way.
Originally Posted by waltereegho
Also, don't forget that making the arrow on the glass that is in front of the nodal point of the lens will make it upside down but, if you mark in on the glass that's behind the nodal point it will be right side up.
Always remember: Upside down is really right side up and left is always right except when right is really right... which means that upside down is really upside down and upright is really right side up.
If you don't remember, you're likely to get everything bass ackwards and upside wrong!
If left is right then right is all that's left.
Unless you get it wrong. Then you never can be sure whether right is wrong or left is right.
I usually just wright it down.
Before you shoot a frame, pop the back in bright sunshine, and mark the middle of the film with a Sharpie. Put a large V for vertical and H for horizontal. Then replace the back, take your shot, and advance the film.
I suspect you have stored your camera on its side and the glass has flowed over time to one side of the lens mount to the other, making vertical and horizontal difficult to identify...
Isn't this question 7 months late, John?
i thought about etching or writing on the lens with a marker
but im kind fo sydlecix too and it might confuse me even more
especially if the ground glass is broken too ...
i even thought of writing on the ground glass so i would know
but unfortunately after the 2nd or 3rd roll, i realized the marker
didn't appear on the negative :confused:
i tried writing on the film before each shot too ..
but all my shots came out white/ negatives black ...
maybe its my developer ?
i never had this trouble
when i used a yashica 124G, or a mamiya 6iv
so i thought getting a rolleicord would be a piece of cake ...
i hopethe the adapter / accessory bdial mentioned
won't cost more than i paid for the camera ...
thanks for your help .
i'm starting to think i got a hassle-bad instead of a rolleichord
My motto is:
"Now, if 6 turned up to be 9,
I don't mind, I don't mind."
"Sing on brother,
Play on brother . . .":whistling: