8×10 Camera 8×10 Paper Negatives
Here it is a month after I started collecting parts and fitting the pieces together to end up with this beautiful and functional 8×10 camera. Yes I know it is not complete, I still need a few items like a rear rail, and a tripod block, but those items can wait and are not mission critical to delay making pictures. As you can see by the smile I am having fun, I made a temp lens board for the camera and after two test shots I decided it was indeed ready for a road test. A fellow photographer friend (Ron Holman who was nice enough to shoot this picture on my little fuji X100) and I took a road trip up to a spot along the Kings River which is only a few miles away from my house, he went for the flowers (the hills are fully in bloom right now) and me for the landscape opportunities to test my 8×10.
I spent a few minutes in the morning under the red darkroom light in the bathroom loading the 4 8×10 holders with Ilford MGIV RC paper (had to give each a trim along one long edge so they’d fit the holders). I was done loading the holders so I started loading the two bags and was off to meet up with my friend. We soon arrived and quickly started shooting, well Ron did anyway, I was scouting a position.
So here are a few of the processed Paper Negatives, I just did a quick copy with my Fuji x100 as I didn’t have the time to scan them in, but as you an see it works well.
I rated the paper for ISO 6 and shot everything based of my Gossen meter set to that ISO. Also I tried a Yellow (K2) filter for all the shots, this meant giving an additional stop exposure.
As I hope you can see there is ample information in the shadows, and once this is properly contact printed using the Ilford contrast filters this image will work out fine. This is just a dirty view of the negative density that was recorded.
Shot 6 was a duplicate variation on time and aperture. As you can see from these quick copies made with my digital camera I am in for a treat when I go to contact print a few of these (a subject for a future post).
So what are my thoughts? well I think I have success, now to go make some worthy shots of course and learn the paper negative medium, both sides, making the photograph and then contact printing the paper negatives using the variable contrast filter printing method as described by Tim Layton.
So with that I’ll end this post with my fave saying . . . .
Get off your Butt and go take a picture . . . .