I tried a 16x20 black plastic photo paper bag last night, and it worked much better than plastic garbage bag, due to it being thicker/stiffer.
X-ray film is nice to have for alternative printing. I've done some more work on the camera but I will have to get some more pictures done when I can. Teaching a one on one carbon workshop this weekend so it will have to wait. I did get the geared rise and fall and the front swing done. Need to attach the gear tracks for the rise/fall and the front standard and bed will be pretty much done. Going to start on the back bed assembly. Looks like I'm going to put shift, swing and tilt on the back. It is starting to look real good.
Put the front standard together last night. Still need to finish some brass work and do the tilt for the lens board but it is looking good. BTW the size of the front is 23" tall and 16" wide if anyone is curious.
Finally started building my 14x17. Got the base and, bed rails done. Will start on the frame for the back next week hopefully. I'm really taking my time with this. Jim, how's it going?
So here is where I'm at. I put the front tilt on today and I need to make some minor adjustments to it but it is done. The bottom back bed is done and I've cut the slots in the side of the rail for the bed to slide on. I have to cut the slots for the gear track and get that installed and then do the back. I sent my frames to Custom Bellows in England. The bellows is $395.00. It will be 36" long. Hope to get it in about 4 weeks. By then I should have everything else done. More pictures when I can.
Very cool Jim!
So why worry about 16x20 when 14x36 xray film is only $40 for 25 sheets?
Think outside the box/room/house
I'm very attentively following your progress on this project. I had Andrew talk with the photography club here at UBC and we got to the topic of ULF cameras. I'm planning a 14x17 camera project for this summer (if things go well the rest of the term). I hope the rest of your project goes smoothly and that you start taking photographs soon!