Frustrating couple of days – light leaks

Saturday – A trip to Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot museum with the 10×8 and 4 negatives to shoot – sadly 3 big shadows on the images. I ran a test on another fresh negative at home on Sunday morning and then went to Clevedon Pier as the day was grey and overcast –Continue reading “Frustrating couple of days – light leaks”

DIY large format enlarger

Successful experiment to to use 100 yr old field camera as the enlarger for the 5×7 negatives taken with it. Key breakthrough was using a kindle then an ipad as the uniform light source. Now I can make 10×8 prints instead of just contact prints from these negatives (x-ray film). Initial horizontal test to establishContinue reading “DIY large format enlarger”

Some Success with Waterfalls

Today I took the 100 year old large format (10×8) camera to Wales – waterfall country. Recent heavy rains meant a good flow of water over the falls. I took 4 pieces of pre-flashed photo paper in the two dark slides plus some spare paper and my black-out changing bag. Today I would see ifContinue reading “Some Success with Waterfalls”

Still life successes

Using my antique (1900s) large format (10×8) bellows field camera I have been making some successful still life images. I decided to move away from the uncontrolled variable light of the kitchen window to the fixed lights in my studio (dining room). This removed one variable from the exposure equation allowing me to make reliableContinue reading “Still life successes”

Lens problems with The New Countess

Today was time to take the New Countess full plate camera to Clevedon and try some images of the wonderful Victorian Pier. Shame it was so breezy – not ideal for longish exposures with a huge camera like this one! With two slides I had 4 exposures to make. It was a good opportunity toContinue reading “Lens problems with The New Countess”

Large Format Portrait – Artificial Light

With its custom replacement glass screen fitted (https://www.ebay.com/usr/virgisst ) I have made some further tests of the recently acquired full plate (10×8 inch) camera (The New Countess). I wanted to test how well the camera could be used with artificial lights since the paper negative responds differently to film. My first shot was with aContinue reading “Large Format Portrait – Artificial Light”

Progress with the New Countess

A windless, bright day meant I could take the Countess into the garden and learn more about how it performs. Successful experiments with low light and hight contrast situations have been encouraging. Focal lengths from 4 to 10 inches were tried with F stops from F6.3 to F45. Exposure times ranged from 2 to 10Continue reading “Progress with the New Countess”

DIY Cardboard Camera Mk2

After some success with the first cardboard box camera, and wanting to produce some large format (10×8 inch) images, I set about designing and building a new camera which could focus the image without being moved. This has the great advantage of being able to adjust the size an object appears in the image andContinue reading “DIY Cardboard Camera Mk2”

DIY Cardboard Large Format Camera

It was a very wet Monday morning – too wet to go out with the camera, so I thought I’d have a go at making my own large format camera to take 10×8 negatives. I have been looking to upgrade my 7×5 half plate bellows camera and so this would be an interesting step alongContinue reading “DIY Cardboard Large Format Camera”

Adding a new camera to the collection

Two recent books have stirred my interest in exploring the variety of affordable vintage cameras that can still be used. The books are: – Retro Cameras: The Collector’s Guide to Vintage Film Photography by John Wade.   – Discovering Old Cameras, 1839-1939 by Robert White This then led to exploring some of the discussion forums dedicated to vintageContinue reading “Adding a new camera to the collection”