I have to say I have a much better appreciation for those group photographers from the early 1900s. The stress they likely felt.
I took on the task of shooting a family portrait at the family reunion I had last weekend. So what better way than too shoot it with my 7x17 banquet camera. I mean it was intended for that.
So there I was hoping like hell that one of the four negatives I forced my entire 32 person family to sit through turned out. As I ran from the camera to back in the group then repeated three more tmes. Hoping like hell I didnt mess anything up. So nervous about it. I shoot negatives ALOT. No image is truly repeatable. But I always have that voice in my head saying "you can go back if something goes wrong" this one wasnt at all repeatable and in my infinite wisdom I didnt even bother to bring a single additional camera. Just the 7x17 and the 8x10 for some single family portraits.
Apparently the photography gods were smiling on me. I think it might have been the fact I was wearing my grandfathers white shirt so he musta been smiling down from somewhere above.
Thought Id share it with all my fellow "banquet" shooters.