These images were shot yesterday on 4×5 FP4+ film. Based on my rules, I can post analog images up to a week after being shot. The digital images, I post them the same day.
As I stated in yesterday’s post, it was a very warm February day. I carried my Sinar f, a 4×5 view camera, with its 150mm f/5.6 Sironar-N. Back in the day this camera was found more often in the studio than in the field. I made six exposures, however, I mis-loaded one of the holders and I wasn’t able to reinsert the dark slide after taking the shot.
I processed the film using Rodinal diluted 1:50. The grain seemed okay, but I don’t really have anything to compare it against. Given the small degree of “enlargement” (2400 dpi), the grain is hardly noticeable. I scanned the negatives using the Epson V700 and Epson’s software creating jpegs. I used “Professional” mode and left the settings as is. I did not use digital ice to remove dust and scratches. I made all of the adjustments and dusted and spotted in Adobe Lightroom.
I photographed this image from a steep embankment. The creek was running deep and fast from the snow melt. I was drawn to the S-curve and the roar of the water. The rocky creek bed creating white water and white noise.
This was an attempt at creating very narrow depth of field using a reverse of the Scheimpflug Principle. I was only partially successful as the background and the tops of the bulrushes in the foreground were sharper than I wanted. I’m not sure why the upper right corner is smeared, but it does give the photo a “turn of the century” look.
I’ve never shot with a view camera wide open as I used it most often to photograph small product and table top where f/16-f/64 and multiple pops of the flash were more the order of the day. I wanted to isolate the bulrushes in front of the flowing water.
The ice and snow capping the rocks was interesting to me. It was like the last of winter hanging on to an island of rock. I wanted to capture the rapidly melting bright white ice in contrast to the foundation of the rock and the flow of the water.
This last image is of my daughter. She is starting her first job at McDonalds and she was trying on her uniform. I shot her using only the north light from the window. I admit I didn’t do the most thorough job spotting and dusting.