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    Large format macro

    Has anyone done macro photography with a large format camera? If I'm not mistaken, Karl Blossfeldt shot macro with an 8x10 camera (I could be wrong about that), but I haven't seen anyone else do a macro shoot with a 4x5 or an 8x10. If anyone has tried it, please share your experiences.

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    We had a monthly photo challenge on macro a while back, and I posted a 4x5" example in the gallery with a photo of the setup in the comments.

    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...r&imageuser=60
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    Academic (Slavic and Comparative Literature)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com

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    Not really macro, but I did a series of 4x5 and 5x7 Butterfly photographs for a school project with a Korona. The bellows factor was monumental, as I had them all the way out at the full 32-34 inches for this with my 162mm Raptar. Not the ideal set up, but it was what I had. The exposures were several minutes at least, and I had to do it when no one else was around because any walking around would shake the camera and blur the image. It was more or less a case of opening the shutter and then sitting down to watch some TV while it cooked . The calculator dial on the LunaPro-F made it all a hell of a lot easier.

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    Karl Blossfeldt did work macro with large format cameras which he buillt. Another photographer doing macro work with large format was Andreas Feininger. There is an interesting image in one of his books photographing a spider "in the wild," with a 5"x7" with a 4' bellows. The Keartons also had some macro work with large format. I haven't seen contemporary photographers using that approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Rockstroh01 View Post
    Karl Blossfeldt did work macro with large format cameras which he buillt. Another photographer doing macro work with large format was Andreas Feininger. There is an interesting image in one of his books photographing a spider "in the wild," with a 5"x7" with a 4' bellows. The Keartons also had some macro work with large format. I haven't seen contemporary photographers using that approach.
    Speaking of Andreas Feininger... This is a great episode and shows him making macro shots.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23UjjfnlDDc

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    I sometimes do LF macro with 4/5 and 5/7 ...it's fun .. can be tricky,
    but fun
    I've used both bellows as well as home made close up attachments ..
    with bellows you really need to know bellows factor info ..
    with an attachment, not so much ..

    have fun!
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    As has been mentioned, its been done. As has not been mentioned, if the subject isn't nailed down ensuring that the plane of best focus is where wanted is very difficult. For example, shooting flowers out-of-doors. The slightest breeze can ruin the shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    As has not been mentioned, if the subject isn't nailed down ensuring that the plane of best focus is where wanted is very difficult.
    I've posted a couple of fish eye shots in the gallery in the past, and also a few "hood ornaments"/ car mascots - The larger the magnification, the thinner the depth of field, so it does indeed help to have everything nailed down. Another problem with macro is getting sufficient illumination on the subject along with the probability that reciprocity failure will start to kick in.

    Yes, macro can be done with LF, and it is kinda fun in a perverse sort of way

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    yes.
    I've got a few here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/622180...7606715793329/
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    I haven't used it much at all but I do have a Nikon 120mm Apo-Macro lens that barely covers 4x5 at infinity, but covers 5x7 at macro distances. If you're in to that kind of photography it's amazing, especially when viewing a 4x5 transparency of a flower at 1:1 or greater.

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