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Old 02-12-2011   #41
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I've recently started using a SpeedGraphic a little...been happy with the results so far!


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Old 03-14-2011   #42
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I currently have a love/hate relationship with large format, but I suspect that, when my skills improve, it will be a love-only relationship. These were all shot with a Linhof Technika V:


(1950s convertible Symmar 150mm @ f/5.6, Ilford technical Line Film @ ISO6, scanned 8x10in darkroom print on Ilford MG IV)


(APO-Symmar 150mm @ f/32, Ilford HP5+ @ ISO400, scanned 8x10in darkroom print on Ilford MG IV)


(APO-Symmar 150mm @ f/5.6, Ilford HP5+ @ ISO400, scanned 8x10in darkroom print on Ilford MG IV)



(1950s Convertible Symmar 150mm @ f/22, Ilford Technical Line Film @ ISO6, scanned 8x10in darkroom print on Ilford MG IV)

P.S. The resolution of Line Film is absurd, this is a small crop from the above 8x10in print:


For all my big prints, I also make 8x10in "proof" prints which I end up scanning to post online. But you can imagine the impact of this level of detail on a large print. This is what makes the "pain" of large format worthwhile.

I really laugh when people make claims (such as in a thread I read recently in the Digital Leica M sub-forum) that a print from a 10MP Leica M8 or a 18MP Leica M9 "looks as good, or better than, large format".

4x5in film and larger is completely in a league of its own when it comes to resolving power. And I love the simplicity (and yet, precision) of the cameras - As we speak, I am busy repairing my Technika V (a broken-off screw in the drop-bed strut, must be due to age, 50+ years, and this part takes a lot of strain), and I am not a master repairman if you catch my drift...
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Old 01-08-2012   #47
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I'd love to hear how that went - I've got a Technika III with an unknown 135mm cam, and a Nikkor-W 135mm lens. It's close, but needs work. Well, that, and the rangefinder really could stand to be rebuilt....


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I have only one (150mm Symmar) cammed lens for my Technika IV. I have recently cammed a lens for my a Technika 70, and I plan to get more lenses working for it. Basically what you need to do is get an old cam for your focal length on ebay and then file it down to match your lens. It is a slow process but it is not that hard to do. Once I get round to it I will start a thread explaining what I did. If you are lucky you could get a cam that already comes close to matching your lens.
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And here are the ones from 2011: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=7259870@N06&q=chamonix
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I need to get my Technika cams figured out too, hand-held 4x5 is lots of fun.

This wasn't hand-held though:

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One of my main goals for 2012 is to shoot a lot more Large Format. Primarily 4x5, but also some more 8x10 (if the opportunity presented itself I'd shoot other formats). I've finally gotten things setup so I can develop and print my own 4x5 B&W photo's (I picked up a nice enlarger last year). I also want to shoot some 4x5 Tintypes this year.


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There is no substitute for a giant piece of film at all. I've become good friends with 4x5in:

Twice Bitten, Not Shy

(1950s convertible Symmar 150mm at f/5.6, ~1:1 mag, Ilford HP5+ @ ISO1600, Linhof Technika V, 12x16in darkroom print)

Snowbells

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philosomatographer - Those are two really beautiful shots! The top one at 1600 is so great. I didn't know HP5 would push that well. I used to think Tri-X pushed better. I need to rethink that.
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Here is my first 4x5 negative scan with my new (and first) scanner.


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I really laugh when people make claims (such as in a thread I read recently in the Digital Leica M sub-forum) that a print from a 10MP Leica M8 or a 18MP Leica M9 "looks as good, or better than, large format".


They do. As web images.
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My first portrait with the Tachihara. I used front tilt to only keep the eyes in focus. 210mm f5.6 1/2 second exposure. Fuji fp100b45.
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My very first wet plate collodion ambrotype 4x5. Struggling a lot with the process (peeling, streaks, and the like), but I guess that's the point. It's not digital, and it's tough, which is a good thing.

Anyway, lots to learn, and this process will only get better, I'm sure. Gotta walk first, so here it goes...




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Beautiful!

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My very first wet plate collodion ambrotype 4x5. Struggling a lot with the process (peeling, streaks, and the like), but I guess that's the point. It's not digital, and it's tough, which is a good thing.

Anyway, lots to learn, and this process will only get better, I'm sure. Gotta walk first, so here it goes...
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My very first wet plate collodion ambrotype 4x5. Struggling a lot with the process (peeling, streaks, and the like), but I guess that's the point. It's not digital, and it's tough, which is a good thing.

Anyway, lots to learn, and this process will only get better, I'm sure. Gotta walk first, so here it goes...
So cool! And people now think 35mm is retro.
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My very first wet plate collodion ambrotype 4x5. Struggling a lot with the process (peeling, streaks, and the like), but I guess that's the point. It's not digital, and it's tough, which is a good thing.

Anyway, lots to learn, and this process will only get better, I'm sure. Gotta walk first, so here it goes...
Extremely cool! The "defects" give this image a surreal, dreamlike look. I wish I had the motivation/knowledge/skill/[insert missing attribute] to try stuff like this.

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Thanks everyone.

To be honest, my skills are very very limited as I'm just learning the ins and outs of this process. It took me about 4 months to get myself going. Equipment, chemicals, glass, and other materials made it a very slow process. Yesterday was the final push to mix chemicals and get shooting.

Anyway, I am still very very green on this whole thing, so I am just going to keep on pushing through the bad plates and disappointing results. However, I find that wet plate offers a look that is unmatched in other mediums. It seems the defects become part of the image, and with that I am truly excited and happy to step aside from digital, at least for a little while.

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Waterfalls

Shot this in the mid 80's when I was just starting on my path to become a professional photographer. With all the hype of digital, I still feel there is nothing like the wet darkroom experience. Toyo View, 210 Schneider lens, Plus X film.

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My most recent wet plate collodion plates, this time on aluminum, which is already blacked out, and a much cheaper solution than black glass (next on my list). Anyway, as I get "better" with this, exposure is getting more even, but I still need to figure out my scanning techniques as the dust is unreal!!!



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Nice plates. What fixer are you using, KCN or conventional thiosulfate?

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Hi Joe. Just using the conventional, less toxic fixer at the moment. I figure while still learning the process, I'll take all precautions until I get a better handle on the chemicals/procedures. This first set of chemicals will be, more or less, a test run, and will hopefully be able to work out all the bugs before going larger to my 8x10 camera.

Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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This is with a Shen Hao 4x5. Just looking through some old negatives and decided it's time to get a 4x5 camera again!

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Im using a Shen Hao 4x5 too, and quite like it. It's not the most expensive piece out there, but it really does the job well.
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