Firsts!

April 27, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

First photo from my Chamonix 045n-2 large format view camera with 4x5 black and white film. First time developing my own negatives. First time printing my own prints. New to the view camera and process.

Not a great photo, but it's a start. High contrast lighting here. Shallow depth of field on this one focuses on the box and the wooden figure.

This whole process was very elemental and educational, from determining exposure levels and focusing and composing upside down and reverse; to loading and unloading the sheet film holders; processing the negatives with a sequence of chemicals that had to be mixed and brought to proper temperature; to projecting the image onto photo paper and determining print times; to burnishing; and finally to processing the print though numerous chemical baths--and so on.

There was a bit of a problem with the developing tank (see dark area on right). Next time will use a Jobo.

Fomapan 100 4x5 sheet film

Scanned on a cheapo scanner...

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