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Doug Bennett
05-18-2005, 11:28 AM
I am really curious to see what you guys photographed...

We photographed steel, baby, and lots of it! Sloss is just a great place for B&W, great for working on composition. It's a big place, very labyrinthine. We hardly saw each other, which was too bad. But, a fun place to explore.

I developed my 3 rolls of 120 last night; they look really good, especially the roll of APX 25 that I decided to shoot. Now, I've only got 5 rolls left :(

glbeas
05-30-2005, 06:30 PM
I was finally able to get into the "Dungeon" to make prints today. Heres a few of the shots we got. The checkers were where the carbon monoxide was burned off the flue gases and used to heat a checkerwork of bricks in the towers. Then air was pumped through to preheat it for the furnace. They had six of them, any two were heating air and the other four burning gases at any time to keep the furnaces supplied with hot air at all times. You can see some of the huge pipes to carry the flue gase to the checkers. The pump room had 20 foot diameter flywheels on the blowers and a jungle of smaller pumps I never learned what they were used for.
You can also see where I learned the purpose of that little strap with the D ring on the top of the bellows. You hang it on the hook on the back of the front standard to keep the sagging bellows out of the way of the film.

Bill Mobbs
05-30-2005, 08:28 PM
I too, just got a chance to get into the darkroom and make a print or two. I appreciated the group allowing me to come along with them to learn more about what they do and how they view their art. I had a great conversation with Gerald Straw and learned a lot. Gary, I was looking forward to see some of the prints of the images you made. They look great! I guess my view of the Sloss foundry is a little different because 50 years ago I saw the place in action, with the heat, smoke, soot, and cinders in the air. My mind brought back thoughts and visions of the men who worked everyday in there. There were no Osha rules and I have been told many lives were lost over the course of years. How would you like to work in a place that was on fire... all the time...? I can think of only one place that is on fire all the time.

I'm sorry, Alfred Stieglitz said he tried to make photographys that told what he saw and how he felt. I was not able to do that, but I can tell you about it and I will attach a couple of photographs I made.

Doug Bennett
05-31-2005, 11:25 AM
Nice work, guys. Gary, I especially like this one (http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2047) .

I printed a couple this weekend, and plan to do some more this week. I post some when I can. This may be the first time that I've shot where I really saw the need for a camera w/movements. I'm happy with the tonality and composition of some of my shots, but they don't have the extreme depth of field that you can get with a view camera. Consequently, some of the shots have areas closer to the camera that are not in sharp focus. Not terrible, but it's bothering me.

Bill Mobbs
05-31-2005, 06:43 PM
I'm happy with the tonality and composition of some of my shots, but they don't have the extreme depth of field that you can get with a view camera. Consequently, some of the shots have areas closer to the camera that are not in sharp focus. Not terrible, but it's bothering me.
Hi Doug! I had a couple that were not sharp in the near to camera area too.
it's not bothering me... I think, since I am close, I may go back and redo them. I may learn something the second time around.

Thanks again for letting me join the group!

Bill

glbeas
05-31-2005, 07:24 PM
Nice work, guys. Gary, I especially like this one (http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2047) .



Thanks. That one was a bit of work and adventure. I found my way into the pump room and wandered around a bit. Got nearly to the end of the aisle and turned around, saw the light beaming in on the pumps in the middle. I set up and shot, took an exposure of maybe a minute. Then I stopped down to f/128 and tried another at about 4 minutes. Unfortunately the beam faded and I didn't give enough compensation for the reciprocity at such a long exposure so the neg came out pretty weak. I may try to intensify the neg sometime later and see what happens.
There were so many things to see in that one room it was almost frustrating.
I gotta go back and try more.