23 Months Plus a Day on Flickr.
For the Penultimate entry in our “Plus a Day” series, I figured I should go all out. Everyone shoots pictures of their toddlers with a 4x5 view camera in a studio setting, don’t they?
Remarkably, it all went very smoothly. Trajan sat patiently for 6 shots this afternoon, and another 5 this evening for a total of 9 shots (Dad forgot to change the film a couple times and got a couple double exposures!)
Hard to believe that he’s turning two in less than a month. He’s become pretty much an unstoppable force in the last month and it’s all we can do to keep up. Almost always happy, he’s started to throw his weight around a bit when he doesn’t get what he wants now but, it never lasts too long. He’s my main man and my face hurts pretty much all the time from laughing.
Shot on a Linhof Technika III with a Linhof Select Schneider Xenar 150mm f/4.5 at f/11. Lit by one Elinchrom 250 Monolight through a 60cm translucent Elinchrom umbrella with a Larsen Reflectasol panel for a bit of fill on the sadly discontinued Fuji FP-100b instant film. Down to just one pack of this lovely stuff remaining. When that’s done, I think I’ll have to sit down with a nice bottle of scotch and have a long cry.
Now, if anyone’s got a Deardorff and a few hundred dollars they want to donate for October 14th, we can go all out for the final shot in our plus a day series and shoot on the new Impossible Project 8x10 film. Oh yeah, I’ll need a processor too! :-)
Instant Koala Punk on Flickr.
Despite my best efforts to ensure the Koala Punk has a rounded knowledge of photographic history, I was shocked to realize today that he had no idea what a polaroid was nor that it was possible to have a camera larger than his head. Even the concept of an instant photo was entirely foreign to him. And, a flash that plugs into the wall?!?
Well, this could simply not stand. Out comes the Linhof, a pack of Fuji FP100c goes into the back, the Elinchrom is fitted with an umbrella and, voila…he knows what all of those things are now.
He’s sleeping now, allowing me to get the scans done. The hard part is, which of the prints do I send him home with…
Park it in the Driveway on Flickr.
This is a polaroid, er, fujiroid test shot but, as it will likely be some time before I can get the actual film souped and scanned, I thought I’d share this from today’s larger than life photo wander with Shane and Jeff. What a sight we must have been, schleping our 4x5’s around Granville Island! It was grand fun though and we’ll be doing it again soon, hopefully with more people.
As this is shot on pack film, the image is a little cropped, the intention was to have the whole ferry in the background and, that’ll hopefully be the case with the final shot. I’m starting to feel much more comfortable with the Linhof after running through a box of HP5+ and I’m quite happy with getting the movements very nearly correct on this shot, a bit of front drop as we were about 20 ft above the water line and everything is pretty darn near straight still.
If you’ve got a few screws loose and also find the prospect of schlepping around heavy view cameras on a Sunday morning, you should join our group. Not limited to large format, anyone who likes using somewhat weird stuff can come along and play.
I’ll try to organize another of these outings in a few weeks.