First 4x5 lessons learned

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  1. markbarendt

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    Okay,

    Had fun over the weekend shot and developed 4 sheets of the Provia 100 that came with the camera.

    Lesson 1: Necessity is the mother of invention. The SS Nikor 35mm tanks can be used creatively as a human powered rotary processor. 2 films at a time. :smile:

    Lesson 2A: A reminder to self, don't try to make Trannies do a negatives job. I set up a shot to take an exposure of my daughter ready for prom against a beautiful blue sky with puffies, put her in open shade, metered with my Seconic 358 and exposed for her face. She came out okay, could have used another 1/2 stop or so but the sky is simply too light. :sad:

    Lesson 2B: When using Transparency film be prepared to use a strobe, Don't even know if that's possible, or reflectors, or... to control contrast. :sad:

    Lesson 2C: I need to practice with setting the lens to get the exposure I expect. :smile:

    Lesson 3:Rushing doesn't work.

    Lesson 4:I can crop down to 6x9 to get rid of the distracting trash. I know this is bad practice but for a guy coming from 35mm I'm really amazed just how big the films are. :surprised:
     
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    There will be more lessons learned in the future.

    Transparency film is unforgiving.

    Keep having fun.
     
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    Yes, I'm looking forward to those lessons.

    I shoot negative film normally, the Provia just happened to come with the camera. This was just a great reminder of why I moved away from Trannies.
     
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    That being said, there's nothing like a Velvia 4X5 grinning at you from the light table.
     
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    Good morning, Mark;

    Is the 4 by 5 something that you are using now in place of the Nikon F2 without a battery for taking photographs along the line?

    " . . . why I moved away from trannies." What did you go to; a slush pump, so your left leg could rest? I have always liked at least a 5 speed, and a 6 speed is wonderful.

    It is raining in Latte Land this morning.
     
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    Actually I ended up with an FM2, fun camera.

    Shifting is highly overrated. :D

    Sunny down here, of course that only happens about 300 days a year here.
     
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    Here's a lesson you don't need to learn. I'll tell ya. Failure to extinguish subject (cover of Jan issue) may result in smoke damage to downstairs half privy/darkroom and cover of EW's Daybooks. Well, the laminate melted a bit and Pepper number 32 is now displayed on the cover in Sepia.
     
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    I will happily learn lessons like these from others.
     
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    Glad to be of service. :tongue:
     
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    Driving a car with an automatic transmission is sort of like using a camera locked on program mode. :smile: