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N 48 B 4.7K C 5 E Dec 31, 2014 F Dec 31, 2014
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I setup a test this morning with the Burke And James 5x7 camera and the 4x5 film back mounted and that Repromaster F9 213mm process lens I purchased for $10 a little while back (see www.flickr.com/photos/greggobst/15905915887/). I wanted to see what sort of look I could get out of the lens so I setup a set of white roses in a vase and using a lens cap as a shutter I created this image. The exposure was four seconds at F32 with about 10 degrees of forward tilt on the front standard to keep all layers of the group of flowers in even focus. I used Arista EDU Ultra 200 film (Rebranded Fomapan 200) rated at ISO 160. I lit the scene with four fluorescent 80 watt bulbs inside a 28" Westcott Apollo softbox placed camera left and had a 30" white reflector bouncing light back onto the subject from camera right. The development was in Rodinal 1:50 for 7 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius using a Beseler 8x10 print drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base.

These process lenses were meant to be used by the printing industry in 1:1 color separation applications and never meant to be used in traditional photography but as you can see they are pretty sharp performers.

Tags:   Flower Water Droplet Burke And James 5x7 4x5 back Repromaster F9 213mm lens Process Lens Large Format Film View Camera Arista EDU 200 B&W Rotary Development Uniroller 352 Rodinal 1:50 Gregg Obst 2014

N 6 B 2.9K C 5 E Nov 4, 2014 F Nov 4, 2014
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8x10, Fuji Green X ray film, 17" Copying Ektanon

N 34 B 7.9K C 8 E Apr 26, 2014 F Apr 29, 2014
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Give me an envelope and I'm going to push it. This is a first attempt at stitching together five large format 4x5 X-Ray film negatives to form a panoramic sweeping view of a bend in the crypt row section of Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. It would have been better had it been more overcast so the lighting was more even throughout the scene and that car was not camped out there on the right side. I only wish there was some way to share the full size, full resolution file because there is a crap ton of detail in this one, end to end. This is a technique I look forward to using more in the future when I find appropriate subject matter.


Founded in 1836, Laurel Hill Cemetery occupies a 74 acre tract of land in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and overlooks the Schuylkill River. The cemetery was placed on the National Historic Landmark list in 1998 as one of America's largest Victorian era cemeteries. It's a great place for a casual walk or a day of photography with its many statues, marble obelisks and elaborate hillside tombs and mausoleums.

4x5 for 365 Project details: greggobst.com/4x5-for-365/

Camera: Busch Pressman Model D 4x5 large format press camera.

Lens: 150mm Caltar-S II (Calumet re-branded Schneider Symar-S) F 5.6 lens in a Copal BT shutter with B+W brand yellow filter.

Film: Five individually exposed sheets of Kodak Ektascan BR/A single-sided X-Ray film.

Exposure: 1/15 @ F45 at ISO 80.

Development: Self Developed film in Rodinal (Adox Adonol) 1:100 in three reel Paterson Universal Tank using Mod54 six sheet 4x5 insert. Semi-Stand for 15 minutes with initial minute of inversions then 10 seconds of inversion on minutes one and two then let it sit until minute 14 when I do a final ten seconds of inversions. Kodak indicator stop bath. Ilford Rapid Fixer. Photo-Flo. Hung to dry.

Scanning: Negatives scanned with Epson V600 in two scans per sheet and merged back together in PhotoShop since the V600 doesn't natively support 4x5 scans in one pass. All five negatives (10 separate scanned image files) were then merged together using the Photomerge tool in Photoshop CS 5 to form one panoramic image.

See it BIG.

Tags:   Cemetery Panorama Panoramic Ridge Ave Philadelphia Pennsylvania Busch Pressman D Large Format 4x5 Press Camera 150mm Caltar-S II F5.6 lens Kodak Ektascan BR/A X-Ray Film Yellow Filter B&W Self Developed Rodinal 1:100 Semi-Stand Gregg Obst 2014 4x5 for 365 project


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