"You call that a big camera???..."

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by jovo, Sep 17, 2013.

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    Ummm yeah... that doesn't look faked at all... :blink:
     
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    First off, why would you build a prototype? Just build the damn camera. LF scales rather easily.
    Second, over 8x10 to 16x20 what do you get other than sensationalism?

    I guess I looked all through the web site and still don't get it. Maybe I am not a big picture kind of guy.

    tim in san jose
     
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    I don't think you're supposed to think that's real - it's like an artist's conception of what the camera will look like once they build it. They would also love your sponsorship dollars in order to do so.

    I can't wait to see the end results!

    I want to know where they're getting the film.

    Duncan
     
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    And I complain about 8x10 film being expensive.

    Each shot must cost a fortune!
     
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    It's some kind of macro phtography.
     
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    I saw the same article, or almost the same - the fake camera is certainly the same - at least a year ago.
     
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    When the ensuing process gets in the way of the final objective, what's the point? How does a 4.5x6 foot negative give you anything more than a 16x20 negative? Just costs more money, the equipment gets in the way, the process requires more investment in time, money, and energy that could be put towards the objective of the project. If the objective is not exposing American cultures, then what's the point? Making big pictures? Because you can?

    No thanks. I'll take my money and dedicate it to my 8x10 projects and let the sensationalism alone.

    tim
     
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    ...but this amp goes to 11 :D
     
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    I saw pics of the real thing in progress about a week ago. they DID build it, fyi.
     
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    Cute analogy. But if you are inducing class B or C distortion in the artwork, what's the point?

    What's the frequency Kenneth?

    tim
     
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    i remember hearing about this a year or 2 ago
    im glad he finally made it ..
     
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    The prints however most probably will be digital prints.
     
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    I tried real hard to find something to cynically dis– about this man and his project, but taken as presented on the site, all I can come up with is great admiration for both.
     
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    Some climb mountains, some jump off cliffs in a flying suit, because they can.
     
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    4x5 is big enough for me.
     
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    Then don't hide behind some noble bull sheet ideal and ask for money. That's crap.

    tim in san jose
     
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    The portraits look like they're made on 8X10 (in terms of DOF, at least) ! I guess that such a big camera as the one he claims to use would have huge focusing problems at such close distance focusing. Seems impossible to make portraits to me... then, I might be mistaken...

    And the use of such huge negs (where did he get them manufactured, by the way ??) will pose huge problems with scanning them in order to print the huge plotter prints he displays. Did he scan them in a custom-made ultra large format scanner ? Or did he cut them in smaller pieces and made them fit in a usual large format scanner ? I don't know whether someone could find a scanner that will fit a 6foot large transparency or neg !!
     
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    Interesting. The camera shown at 1:07 in the video isn't nearly as large as the trailer cam (artist's rendering, vaporware until proven otherwise) and the lens-subject and lens-back of camera (if that's where the film plane is) distances make no sense for possible focal lengths. I don't think he's shooting over 1:1, and the images on the negs shown later in the video are larger than that.

    Until proven otherwise, fantasy.

    Re the fantasy, sorry, dream, that drives all this, I don't see the connection between straight-on head shots and culture. More marketing fluff. Wrinkled old faces with stubble and without context ...
     
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    It seems his solution to boring pictures is to make them with a bigger camera. All I see are larger boring pictures.
     
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    yes, but they are BIG!
     
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    That seems to be popular lately, if you can't make a good photo, make a really big photo and accompany it with a really pretentious "artist's statement" so everyone knows how special it is.