Skydiving 4x5 photographer: Aaron Gustafson

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  1. altair

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    Not sure if this belongs here, but just needed to share this. Apparently a guy skydives and takes 4x5 large format photos in the process! Brilliantly nuts!

    See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEmpSRro5EE

    I wonder how his setup is like, what equipment & film does he use? How does he control exposure? Any film holders?

    And of course, one has to wonder how the pitchers look like too...
     
  2. Matthew Rusbarsky

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    His name is Aaron Gustafson. A quick google gets you to his site. There is a section with his 4x5 free-fall photos.
     
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    I would assume that he favors a "front fall" with his camera.

    {rimshot}
     
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    Personally, I do not favor skydiving, too much pesky equipment. I prefer cordless bungee jumping because it makes a great impact and has broad coverage.

    Steve
     
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    That something else!

    Jeff
     
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    My oldest friend is a pilot. I asked him about skydiving once, and he replied, "Why would you jump out of a perfectly functioning plane?"

    Me, I agree with him. But this guy does some pretty cool stuff.
     
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    His 4x5 skydiving photos actually look pretty good. Thanks for the tip, Matthew. I'd love to know how he does it, though.

    I bet he doesn't worry too much about his chutes failing, he can always utilize some 'front rise'!

    Ok, that was lame..
     
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    :laugh:
     
  9. David A. Goldfarb

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    Looks like he's made himself an ultrawide box camera that attaches to his helmet. The lens looks like a modern Rodenstock or Schneider in the 55-75mm range, and judging by the falloff in the images, he's probably shooting somewhere between wide open and f:8 without a center filter to get the fastest shutter speed. One shot per jump.
     
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    Interesting observation, thanks David. One shot per jump, eh? Now that's a filler-to-keeper ratio that's too high for me.