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    First time shooting Large Format

    Back in February I picked up a rather stripped down Speed Graphic, 203mm Ektar Lens, Film holders. I scored a 90mm from KEH, new lens board off Ebay. Last Saturday I finally had the guts to load up four sheets of HP5. Last night I processed the film in a unicolor drum and rotatory base. Two sheets in Xtol, two in HC-110. Well one shot was bad, it was the one where someone had knocked the camera a bit while exposing. The two ones in xtol were alright, not perfect, a bit over exposed, but they were also the first processed. But the final shot I got...I'm pretty pleased with.



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    Dev: Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 @ 20C

    This is going to be fun!
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    A bi-monthly podcast for people who love to shoot film!

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    Welcome to the club.
    Every start is difficult but you will be wiser at the end.

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    Wow! The Lister Block from my old home town Hamilton, Ontario!
    Nice quality, you're off to a good start.
    Try using the rising front with the camera level to remove the converging vertical lines.


    Mike

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    you've been addicted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterfinger View Post
    you've been addicted.
    Yep; I was thinking, "It might be your first shot with LF; I bet it's not the last!!"

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    Great for a first shot. As Mike said, one of the real advantages of large format is the ability to correct things like converging lines.

    The 203 Ektar and 90 Schneider are GREAT lenses to be starting with.

    Cheers,
    Tom
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    First time shooting Large Format

    When you guys say the converging lines are messed up do you mean the bulge in the corner of the building?


    ~Stone

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    I personally like just a touch of converging lines, but thankfully LF gives me the chance to mess that up all the time!

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    Yes, lots of ways to mess up a shot with LF... and I seem to invent new variations all the time. The aesthetic of converging lines is an open topic, but it's best to learn the basic techniques anyway. Then you can decide if and how much correction suits a particular image. I'm sure just about everyone has tried at least one shot where they reverse-corrected lines for effect.

    Cheers,
    Tom
    Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

    Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...

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    [QUOTE=StoneNYC;1475049]When you guys say the converging lines are messed up do you mean the bulge in the corner of the building?


    ~Stone

    Converging lines are lines that are parallel in the subject, but converge towards a point in the image. In this example, they converge towards a point far outside the top of the frame. This can be corrected by having the back of the camera perfectly vertical and adjusting the framing by sliding the lens upwards. You will probably run out of the coverage with that lens, but this can be partly corrected in printing. The apparent bulge is typical for barrel distortion in a lens, which doesn't sound likely with that 90mm.

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