Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Week-long vacation in the Smoky Mountains and Atlanta area

I'm chugging away here, developing the 25 rolls of film and 40 sheets of 4x5 that I shot last week. It was Spring Break and Meagan and I vacationed in the Smokies, as well as spending some time in the Atlanta suburbs with my parents.

Lots of scanning and developing to do, but for now, here is a shot of the Mingus Mill near the entrance to the park. Taken with my Chamonix and Nikkor 90mm f/8 on T-Max and developed in Acufine:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Experiment - 35mm film in 6x12 back on 4x5 camera

I did an experiment this week with some 35mm film, in an effort to use a bunch of it I have around. I bought some cheap adapter things that allow a 35mm roll of film to be mounted on a medium-format (120) camera. They worked well on my Horseman 6x12 back, which effectively exposes the entire frame and sprocket area (about 30mm I think) by the length of the back, 112mm, so about 30x112. Putting that on my Linhof Master Technika, I then focused my Schneider 47mm f/5.6 XL lens to about hyperfocal and shot a few rolls of film at f/16 or f/22.

It worked perfectly and was a really cool effect. It's basically a mini 6x17 camera. By comparison, the Hasselblad XPan takes images of 24x65, so this is a significantly larger and wider image even compared to that camera with a 30mm lens. The downside is no focusing (well, you can focus on the ground glass just like normal, but I was shooting handheld!), and no easy way to frame. After practicing though I was able to estimate pretty well where the frame was going to be.

I think for general fun shooting, this may be a great way to shoot a roll of 35mm. I was able to get 8 frames onto a roll of 36 "normal" images, so I don't have to have a roll of film sitting around for ages trying to shoot so many photos if I just have 30 minutes or an hour to shoot some images, and I'm not shooting expensive 4x5 or 120 film (I literally have about 150 rolls of expired color film to go through that I picked up for practically nothing).

Here are some images. You can see that I gradually got better at framing. All with the 47mm XL lens, but of course any lens will work with this, including rangefinder-coupled lenses. I need to try some of my longer lenses next.

The other good thing about this technique is that I have a 100' bulk roll of Portra NC that is "unperforated." This allows me to shoot the whole thing easily and even get the whole 30mm width exposed. This is why some of the images above have no sprocket holes. Of course those sprocket holes are kind of interesting.

When I get a chance, I'm also going to try stretching a roll across my 6x17 camera - so that will be a 30x170 image, a roughly 1:6 image ratio. A "specialty" ratio for sure but probably quite dramatic.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Azalea Festival 2014

I shot some stuff at the Azalea Festival last weekend. I'm not particularly happy with these photos but oh well.

I used my Bessa R2S and 35/1.8, 50/1.4, and 85/2 Nikkor lenses.



 I also took a few instant shots with my Linhof. Some of them had some weird problems...I need to clean my rollers, among other things. Here they are though:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Withlacoochee Flooding, Again

These last couple of weeks have been pretty wet. The river is again cresting pretty high down at Langdale Park. The fresh gravel put down recently is already starting to look ragged - and water is over the road at one point. I see some folks splashing through but having seen at least 3 people stuck last time so I'm not going to risk it with my little sedan.

I did hike in though with my Linhof Monday and took a bunch of photos around the area. Sadly I could not get down the trail much, as most of the trail is flooded out. Here are some photos of the affected area. The b&w images are T-Max 100 developed in Acufine. The color is Velvia 50. Lenses used included my 75mm f/4.5 Zeiss Biogon, 90mm f/8 Nikkor, and 250mm f/5.6 Zeiss Sonnar.