This section is from the book "Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography", by J. B. Schriever. Also available from Amazon: Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography.
Study No. 34, "The Blue Flag," by John M. Schreck. This is a graceful flower study, well rendered by the photographer. Owing to the close proximity of the lens the flowers do not reflect much surface light, hence the need of ortho-chromatic plates and color screens in most works of this kind. Furthermore, in photographing blue flowers and green leaves a deep-color screen was needed to correct the color values of the unassisted plate, while the background also should be of a middle tint to keep the balance true in all other respects. (See Page 252.)
Study No. 37, "Princess," by John M. Schreck. This is a picture of animal life of fine quality. The characteristics of the Gordon setter are well set forth in this noble type of dog. As an example of what can be accomplished by painstaking care and appreciation in photographing animal life it is of much interest. (See Page 263.)
Study No. 41, "Young King Birds," by John M. Schreck. A remarkably fine example of bird photography. Young birds in the trees are naturally very shy and timid and make poor photographic models at best. Evidently in this case the photographer used a lens of considerable focal length, since there is no evidence of fear on the part of the birds. He has secured in his result a fairly large image. The lighting and posing are exceptionally good and the picture demonstrates that much thought and care are needed to secure pleasing artistic results such as this picture shows. (See Page 278.)
Study No. 46, "Needle-hole Landscape," by George H. Paine. This photograph is remarkable for extreme fineness of detail which is not always to be found in a picture made without a lens. The soft definition and diffused focus effect in needle-hole pictures often destroy detail. The images of the trees and foliage are very clear which proves abundantly, if any proof were needed, that the needle-hole is well adapted for pictorial work of any kind. (See Page 295.)
Study No. 47, "An October Day," Pin-hole by C. F. Clark. This print by the well known pictorialist, C. F. Clark, shows the advantages of pin-hole photography after proper selection of subject and arrangement of accessories have been made. There is a pleasing softness of outline, no distortion of atmospheric effects, and artistic rendering of tone values which are not always possible with a lens camera. Indeed the advantages in pin-hole photography far outweigh the disadvantages, and the wonder is that it is not more generally practiced. (See Page 296.)