Lighthouse in Fog

As I mentioned in my last post, I came up with a better method for coping my film negatives with a DSLR… and I have to say, it’s working out pretty well. It allows me to copy several negatives an in reasonable amount of time. As long a I’m meticulous about cleaning the negative prior to copying, everything ends up looking fairly nice with minimal post work.

The lighthouse image was captured several years ago. It’s a place I’ve visited many times. Knowing that even if the weather man calls for fog, it can be hit or miss along the lake. I got pretty lucky the day I shot this, and was able to get at least one decent image before the fog rolled out.

Equipment:
TOYO 45A 
Rodenstock SINAR-N 150mm 5.6 MC 

Film:
Kodak 100 TMAX – 4×5

Processing:
Kodak D76 – Normal Processing

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Better Negative Copies

I recently purchased a new (inexpensive) LED light table, for coping my film negatives with a DSLR. Although it might not be the perfect solution, the results seem to be substantially better than what I had been getting… and they’re more than adequate for my current need. I might even be comfortable making medium sized prints from these.

Equipment:
TOYO 45A 
Rodenstock SINAR-N 150mm 5.6 MC 

Film:
Kodak 100 TMAX – 4×5

Processing:
Kodak D76 – Normal Processing

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Old Train

I decided to stick with the transportation theme, and post the image of the old train wheels. I don’t really remember where I found the restored locomotive, but I know it was on a return trip from a photo shoot. I would have liked to have gotten a nice overall shot of it, but due to the ugly fence surrounding it, I decided to keep things a little tight.

As an added bonus to focusing in on one section of the train, I was able to capture the small flower coming up near the bottom left of the image. It just adds a nice contrast to all the steel, and it would have never been noticeable if I had went for the wide view.

The image was captured with a TOYO 45A view camera, and shot on Kodak 100 TMAX B&W film. Film was processed in Kodak D76.

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A Couple More Old Cars…

I could probably dedicate a few years of my life, to just photographing old transportation.   A lot of the old automobiles, motorcycles, trains and airplanes have a ton of character to them… especially after they’ve been sitting for 50 – 100 years. Peeling paint, rusted metal and the wear that only comes with time, are all attractive features. 

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