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Please share your 4x5" photos!
Old 11-26-2010   #1
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Please share your 4x5" photos!

Winter came, girls have no time for photos, and my Super 23 is back in service for shutter cleaning. Share some 4x5" pictures, and I'll crave for Linhof Master Technika
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So here come a few

French Jura, Alps on horizon


High Tatras, frozen waterfall


My wives hometown, Slovakia


And one to cheer you up - Muester "Sand", Germany


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A Tech V isn't too shabby. Save some money for lens, film, etc.
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playing around with developing 4x5
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playing around with developing 4x5

and here is one from the first batch. Jen is very patient:

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Well done everyone...I gotta get my Zone VI out and burn me some Tri-X
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great, I think I'm in love with large format, now please make me crazy
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Shot with a Speed Graphic and Aero Ektar. Sadly it's been in dry dock for the last few months, the rangefinder won't hold an alignment anymore for some reason. Hoping to pick up a replacement RF for cheap sometime in the near future, but also have my eye out for a 4x5 Graflex SLR.
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Old 12-11-2010   #12
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Now if I can just figure out how to use my Crown Graphic...
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street shooting with 4x5...
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street shooting with 4x5...

I keep coming back to look at Ethics Gradient's photos- a speed graphic for street photography! I have tried with my speed, but I need to use 25p flash bulbs and f22 to get anything useable.

Impressive photos, sir!

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Winter came, girls have no time for photos, and my Super 23 is back in service for shutter cleaning. Share some 4x5" pictures, and I'll crave for Linhof Master Technika
I can sympathize with your craving. Here is an old shot taken with a Super Technika IV hand held. These babies have rangefinders for a reason!

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I would like to use my Technika IV for some hand held shots buut have no lenses with cam ...
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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shooting handheld with a Technika is great! i picked up a CZJ 135mm F4.5 and a separate 135mm cam. My tests for distances, GG focus and RF focus are all as good as could be expected. with wider lenses it's easier to get close with different cams and lenses.

i have a 150mm Symmar-S and a non-matched cam that are also as close to be good enough in my tests, but i'm letting htat lens go. a 135, 150 anf 185 are all to close to each other for me. 135mm for handheld and 180mm for tripod portraits.
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Old stuff, poor scans from prints, Pacemaker Crown Graphic first two are flashbulb, all are hand held. I have some up in the bathroom sitting in Rodinal, my first try at stand development.
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Now that was interesting. Ambient temp 64f. Stand developed for 90 minutes. One neg looks underexposed, one got stuck in the wrong grove, the other 4 look fine. Combi-Plan tank. I will scan them tomorrow and see what happened.
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Now that was interesting. Ambient temp 64f. Stand developed for 90 minutes. One neg looks underexposed, one got stuck in the wrong grove, the other 4 look fine. Combi-Plan tank. I will scan them tomorrow and see what happened.
Look forward to seeing them. I tried some Adox 100 in Rodinal 1:100, 1 hour, and had some less than fun over development alone roof lines of the building. Nice tonality and shadow detail though.
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Old 01-13-2011   #25
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As I promised the stand developed shots:

http://graywolfphoto.com/journal/?p=910

That is a link to one of my blogs where I posted an article about them. I look at the other photos posted here and realize I really have to learn to do better scans. None of mine come out with that eye blinking contrast the other posters are showing. However, I am glad my post seems to have restarted this nifty thread.
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90/6.8 Angulon - TriX


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Both Linhof Technika IV 4x5 - stupidly sold!!

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hey matt s: fine shot and i noticed your Jen is a knitter, as my bride is.

this thread makes me think 4x5 makes more sense to me than 6x6, 6x7 or 6x9 ...
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Impressive stuff, hate you guys, always making me move up formats. 35mm feels cheap after MF, hope I don't end up doing 4x5!
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ZorkiKat: I love all the shots, but the first one especially has me intrigued. Almost looks like a split toning effect! Is that a property of using paper negatives? I wish I could get my Fomaspeed prints to look like that
@xwhatsit: Thanks! Split-toning was indeed what I had in mind. But this set got their tones from photoshop. I hope your impression. I imagined what this photo would be like if its print was split-toned and aged.

What I did was basically think what happens in split toning, and then did a similar virtual procedure in photoshop. In real split toning, certain parts of the silver grey image gets to be converted into various shades of another hue. The same can be done (almost!) in PS by picking certain shades of grey and then giving them different shades of brown. Then opacity of each layer is tweaked.

I can PM you the PS method if you want.

This is more or less mimicking the action of the bleach as it selectively acts on the silver densities of the print in the tone/bleach/tone method.
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@xwhatsit: Thanks! Split-toning was indeed what I had in mind. But this set got their tones from photoshop. I hope your impression. I imagined what this photo would be like if its print was split-toned and aged.

What I did was basically think what happens in split toning, and then did a similar virtual procedure in photoshop. In real split toning, certain parts of the silver grey image gets to be converted into various shades of another hue. The same can be done (almost!) in PS by picking certain shades of grey and then giving them different shades of brown. Then opacity of each layer is tweaked.

I can PM you the PS method if you want.

This is more or less mimicking the action of the bleach as it selectively acts on the silver densities of the print in the tone/bleach/tone method.
Ha! You had me fooled It's a very subtle effect you've produced, though, most of the PS split toning I've seen has been pretty garish and over the top.

I'm trying to wet print more and more, so the PS method wouldn't be much use -- it'd just love to replicate it in the darkroom!

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hey matt s: fine shot and i noticed your Jen is a knitter, as my bride is.

this thread makes me think 4x5 makes more sense to me than 6x6, 6x7 or 6x9 ...

I think the pleasing ratio that 4x5 offers is quite unique and 6x7 is very close to it. As soon as I saw a 6x7 image from my P67 I realised it was my perfect MF camera.
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Why would one want to add grain to a 4x5 shot? If I want grain I would use a smaller camera.
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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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