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More Fun with Large Format Film Images!

Vince Lupo

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I have an Edwards Engineering Products light source that used UV tubes. It's very repeatable and built very well. I still have it but won't likely ever use it again. :cry:
Joel
Hmm if you're ever in the mood to sell it (and it's not a crazy-huge size), let me know -- I might be interested.
 

anyone

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I have an Edwards Engineering Products light source that used UV tubes. It's very repeatable and built very well. I still have it but won't likely ever use it again. :cry:
Joel
Sometimes it’s a matter of just taking the gear and start using it. I just start with 8x10, a fascinating format indeed! I’ll also look into contact printing.
 

MartinN

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Sometimes it’s a matter of just taking the gear and start using it. I just start with 8x10, a fascinating format indeed! I’ll also look into contact printing.
There are simply so many options for image making nowdays:rolleyes:, but why choose the most modern digital ? Having fun and trying things out can be rewarding, but there can be a creeping feeling somebody would say, why are you dealing with something not most modern ?
 

P. Chong

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One of the first large format images I have ever exposed...on my new (to me) Sinar X with Nikkor W 180mm f.5.6 lens. Shanghai GP3 4x5 film developed with Ilford ID-11. Scanned with Fujifilm GFX 50S II with Hasselblad HC 4/120.

The location is Suntec City's Fountain of Wealth. Long exposure, metered at 30s at ISO 50 at f/16, but after reciprocity failure compensation, the film was exposed at 1m 26s. Developed at ISO 100 box speed.

suntec-fountain.jpg
 
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MartinN

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One of the first large format images I have ever exposed...on my new (to me) Sinar X with Nikkor W 180mm f.5.6 lens. Shanghai GP3 4x5 film developed with Ilford ID-11. Scanned with Fujifilm GFX 50S II with Hasselblad HC 4/120.

The location is Suntec City's Fountain of Wealth. Very long exposure, metered at 30s at ISO 50 at f/16, but after reciprocity failure compensation, the film was exposed at 1m 26s. Developed at ISO 100 box speed.
Nice ! If you would like a bit more ’dynamic range’ you could try a higher ISO film, with my scanner software, Silverfast, there is also a possibility to ’trick’ the distribution and inversion curve by using different film ’profiles’
 

P. Chong

Well-known member
Thanks Martin...Yes, more dynamic range would be nice. I find the negative to be quite thin...and after scanning, the histogram is a bit scrunched up in the middle. Here is another image I took. This one is even longer in exposure, I need to look up my notes, but my memory says its about 4 minutes after taking into consideration reciprocity failure of the GP3 film. I am playing with the GP3 as my first box of film as it is rather inexpensive...working out to about USD 1.50 per sheet of film plus developing chemicals.

I think there is a bit of a light flare on the right of the photograph probably through the lens. Also the image is not critically sharp, as I realised after the fact, that the bridge I had the tripod on was not completely rigid, and vibrated when pedestrians walked by.

suntec-cbd.jpg

What are faster films for 4x5? HP5? Portra 800 is a bit expensive at this stage of experimentation, though I have a box of Provia in the freezer.
 

MartinN

Well-known member
Thanks Martin...Yes, more dynamic range would be nice. I find the negative to be quite thin...and after scanning, the histogram is a bit scrunched up in the middle. Here is another image I took. This one is even longer in exposure, I need to look up my notes, but my memory says its about 4 minutes after taking into consideration reciprocity failure of the GP3 film. I am playing with the GP3 as my first box of film as it is rather inexpensive...working out to about USD 1.50 per sheet of film plus developing chemicals.

I think there is a bit of a light flare on the right of the photograph probably through the lens. Also the image is not critically sharp, as I realised after the fact, that the bridge I had the tripod on was not completely rigid, and vibrated when pedestrians walked by.



What are faster films for 4x5? HP5? Portra 800 is a bit expensive at this stage of experimentation, though I have a box of Provia in the freezer.
I have decided I will never do color negative or slide sheet film, due to the cost. Color film is certainly NOT for experimenting. But black and white film is good for experimenting. My favourite film is Fomapan 100 (Czehia) because I can get it super cheap. That film can also be had in 200 and 400 for experimentation.
I think you could experiment with Ilford HP5 and Delta 400. Rollei has some sheet film, but that is also Europe so it may not be available easily.
If I want to do color film, I have the Sinar Zoom film holder, so I can get 6x12 on 120 film, and that is great because I have stock of roll film.
But film is a bit of experimenting, so it should preferably be affordable. One thing to try is to give more exposure. The only thing that can give density in shadows is enough exposure (over the ’toe’). And when scanning, and not darkroom printing, having very dense highlights can be acceptable. Then I do stand development. You should check stand development and compensating development http://johnsexton.com/images/Compensating_Development.pdf
 

Alkibiades

Active member
To get max D
Thanks Martin...Yes, more dynamic range would be nice. I find the negative to be quite thin...and after scanning, the histogram is a bit scrunched up in the middle. Here is another image I took. This one is even longer in exposure, I need to look up my notes, but my memory says its about 4 minutes after taking into consideration reciprocity failure of the GP3 film. I am playing with the GP3 as my first box of film as it is rather inexpensive...working out to about USD 1.50 per sheet of film plus developing chemicals.

I think there is a bit of a light flare on the right of the photograph probably through the lens. Also the image is not critically sharp, as I realised after the fact, that the bridge I had the tripod on was not completely rigid, and vibrated when pedestrians walked by.

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What are faster films for 4x5? HP5? Portra 800 is a bit expensive at this stage of experimentation, though I have a box of Provia in the freezer.
I love nights shots in B-W also.
for best results I would use HP5, Delta 400 or tmax 400 and develope it in rarefied developer 1:1 or even 1:3.
HP5 is easy to work with, Delta and Tmax give finer grain.
Also wet scanning on a real drum scanner give little advantage.
 
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