View Full Version : This is bananas...

Stephanie Brim
12-02-2008, 03:33 AM
...and so are the subjects for my 'new' lens.

Y'see, I had a problem when I came back here. It was too early to really start doing anything photographically. Rinoa was 5 months old and, pretty much as soon as I'd started again, I got way too busy with her and just full-on quit again. I didn't want to give up, so I kept all my equipment in hopes that I'd be able to pick it up again soon. This means, of course, that I'm only just now really getting to play with the new LF toy I bought right before I dropped off the face of the earth again: the Graphic View II.

I'd taken some previous shots with it, including a shot of a small buddha statue we have as well as a couple of bottles. But those were with the very simple, very much newer Geronar. I've since been working more on shots taken with the other lenses I've got.

I'm probably going to be focusing on still life shots for the duration of the tests with a couple of the lenses I got with the camera. There are reasons, but the main one is that I can set up and shoot a still life with Rinoa at my feet, which is where she tends to like to be, constantly. I can develop after she goes to bed.

So the first shot I did was of a bunch of bananas. They were both shot with a no-name lens that could've been something like an early enlargement or process lens. It has no date of manufacture, but is solid brass. Very solid. It is 125mm in focal length and has an aperture of f/4 to f/11. I shot both at maximum aperture to see what it could do wide open.


This first shot was my first experiment with the lens, and also my first time using a lens without a shutter. I wanted to try a couple of things that have been said to work. This first time I pulled the darkslide and replaced it when finished. Too much camera shake, but it's barely noticeable thanks to the 6 second shutter speed that could've been a few seconds longer. So on to the second approach.


This one worked out pretty well. The old 'hold a darkslide in front of the lens' trick. Jim Galli actually gave me this idea. I just put a darkslide in front of the lens, pulled the darkslide from the film holder, then moved the darkslide to take the photo. Again, about 6 seconds. This would've worked better had I been smart enough to realize that the darkslide would fit better if I'd had it in a vertical position instead of a horizontal, but you live and learn.

I've become way, way too wordy. Anyway, just wanted to let you see what I did.

Next test is going to be at minimum aperture. Should be interesting. A stuck blade makes the aperture at f/11 almost triangular. :D

Steve Smith
12-02-2008, 03:48 AM
You mean 'these are bananas'. Sorry, wrong thread!

I was hoping to try out some obscure lenses with my Speed Graphic but the shutter was beyond repair so I may try the darkslide trick myself. If I remember correctly, the Jim Galli method involved two dark slides held at an angle with a gap in between and moved from one in front of the lens to the other. This would be for a fast shutter speed though. For six seconds, one would do fine.

I hate not being able to get out but I haven't resorted to photographing bananas..... yet!


12-02-2008, 07:43 AM
I wish that all of this "banana oppression" would end.

Stephanie Brim
12-02-2008, 04:15 PM
No bananas were harmed in the making of these photographs.

(I didn't eat one until afterward.)


I'm hoping to get some flowers to photograph next. The local grocery store has some interesting fall bouquets on sale this week. As much as I hate doing still life, portraiture is a harder thing when you don't have any models except for yourself. :)

12-02-2008, 05:54 PM
Do like Jim Galli does and photograph toys! And glasses and silverware and salt 'n pepper shakers and rolls of toilet paper and eggs and peppers...hmm, someone famous did peppers didn't they?

John Koehrer
12-04-2008, 01:23 PM
[QUOTE=Stephanie Brim;716150]No bananas were harmed in the making of these photographs.

(I didn't eat one until afterward.)


Just like Weston(Edward).

12-04-2008, 01:32 PM
Is Rinoa crawling yet? If not, babes make great subjects. I photographed my three boys (triplets) using an SX-70 quite a bit, but once they learned to crawl it was like sweeping ants...not hard to get them into a pile, but difficult to get them to stay there!