Old farm buildings, large format paper negative photography

Week 29 of shooting paper negatives each week of 2016.

A couple of us came across this abandoned farm house while on a trip out to Vanastra. I loved the texture of the old good and the long grasses around the buildings. Often I’m shooting these old buildings side on but this garage and the farm house lined up in a really interesting way so I set up and took the shot.

Camera: Wista 45DX
Lens: Rodenstock APO Sironar-N 150mm F5.6
Film: Ilford Multigrade IV RC Paper
Exposure: ISO 6, f32, 1 second
Movements: Lots of front rise
Developer: Ilford Paper Developer at 1:28 for around 1:20 seconds at 22 degrees

Old radar dome, large format paper negative photography

Week 29 of shooting paper negatives each week of 2016.

A fellow photographer and I went West to the town of Vanastra, Ontario, home to a Canadian Armed Forces base during the second world war. It’s best known for this radar dome on the West edge of town. A business is being run in the old building so we couldn’t get inside, but it’s quite remarkable even from the exterior.

Camera: Wista 45DX
Lens: Schneider Super Symmar HM 120mm f5.6
Film: Ilford Multigrade IV RC Paper
Exposure: ISO 6, f32, 1 second
Movements: Lots of front rise
Developer: Ilford Paper Developer at 1:28 for around 1:20 seconds at 22 degrees

Morning Lillies, large format film photography

Even though the sunrise had largely ended and the light was getting a bit harsh, I really liked the lillies, pond and the colored rocks far in the distance. I thought using a 120mm lens would help pull those rocks forward. This was my last sheet of Velvia for the trip and in my fridge so I was hesitant to try back tilt for the first time to make it even more prominent.

In the end, I think the shot works and if you look at it for a bit you’ll eventually notice those rocks with the orange on them.

Camera: Wista 45DX
Lens: Schneider Super Symmar HM 120mm f5.6
Film: Fujifilm Velvia 50 RVP
Exposure: ISO 50, f45, 3 seconds
Movements: Full front rise
Developer: Tetanal E-6 kit, processed according to instructions

Golden glow, large format film photography

I was up in Muskoka (at Cleavelands House) with my soon-to-be inlaws and got up with my brother-in-law one morning at 4:45am to do some sunrise photography. Ugh, is that ever hard! Still, the results were worth it and I love how Velvia renders soft, golden morning light.

Camera: Wista 45DX
Lens: Rodenstock APO Sironar-N 210mm 5.6
Film: Fujifilm Velvia 50 RVP
Exposure: ISO 50, f45, 2.5 seconds
Movements: Full front rise
Developer: Tetanal E-6 kit, processed according to instructions

Ghosts on the Bridge, large format paper negative photography

Week 29 of #52papernegs

I loved this scene so much. I wished I had a longer lens, but I thought the bright bridge and especially water under it would capture people’s attention and define the subject. I was chasing the dimming light throughout the exposure – I initially metered the hostas to the right of the bridge (my zone 5 subject) at 10 minutes but 8 minutes into the exposure they were reading as needing 15 minutes exposure. By the 12 minute mark they had hit over half an hour of exposure required. The mosquitos were convincing me to leave so I thought I’d just develop for longer and hope this turns out.

The other problem I had is these three fine folk showing up about 2 minutes into the exposure, hanging off the rail and largely not moving at all for the whole time. Ugh…

Could have used a hood for this shot too – the backlit scene caused some flare on this 450mm lens.

Camera: Deardorff V8 8×10
Lens: Nikon M 450mm F9
Film: Ilford Multigrade IV RC Paper
Exposure: ISO 6, f32, 12 minutes
Movements: Some front rise
Developer: Ilford Paper Developer at 1:40 for around 2 minutes at 25 degrees, constant agitation