Thursday, April 30, 2015

8x20 Full-body Portrait

Finally! Success!

I received my 8x20 back and holder, repaired, as well as an additional holder from Mr. Ritter a few weeks ago. I was finally able to shoot some negatives yesterday - my first successful images.

The weather has not been cooperative so I got fed up and shot some in the studio. I tried out an idea I had - full-body vertical portraits. It worked pretty well!

Setting up the camera was a real chore. It's not really designed to work sideways. I had bellows-sag issues and I didn't have enough movements to shoot this how I wanted it. But I wrestled it to where I could shoot this finally.

Here is an image of Dominick. This was with my Nikkor 450mm f/9 lens, on Efke 100, developed in Rodinal 1:40 for 9 minutes in a home-made rotary tube, shot with 3 ProFoto flash heads:

Here is a quick cellphone shot of the camera in the studio, sideways:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Flags Over VSU - 4/24/15

In response to the protest last Friday, a large number of people traveled to Valdosta for a patriotic rally at VSU. Here are images from the rally, first at Five Points and then at VSU:


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Flag Rally at VSU!

Last Friday, campus was hit with quite a controversy as a group of young people/students began to protest on campus by stepping on and desecrating the American Flag, among other things.

There's a lot more to the story but you can look it up if you want. Monday though students organized a rally to support the American Flag and our symbol of freedom. I made a ton of images and have worked tirelessly to get them published today. Here they are:











For those interested I shot these with a Nikon F2SB, Tri-X, T-Max 100, and Portra films, and 20mm, 35mm, 50mm, or 105mm lenses.