Looking to the stars with an old eye

I love making star-trail images with my DSLR, but wanted to see what I could achieve with my 100 year old camera (Thornton Pickard Imperial 8.5×6.5)and 80 year old lens (Dallmeyer Pentac F11). ¬†Two nights ago I tried a paper negative exposed for 1 hr – but only a few of the brightest stars inContinue reading “Looking to the stars with an old eye”

LArGE lens adds a new dimension

An exciting find at a local general auction as added a new dimension to the images I can make with my 1900s New Countess 10×8 field camera. The lens seems to be an ex-aerial photography lens made by Dallmeyer – F2.9 to 11 8″ focus length. I love the 3-d like depth this lens createsContinue reading “LArGE lens adds a new dimension”

Lovely images from aged Kodabrome

Tempted by the low price I have some 10-year-old Kodabrome photographic paper to try as paper negative in my large format 10×8 1900s field camera. I bought some IlFord Bromophen developer (as powder makes 5 litres diluting 1:3 for use) to process it. Initial results show that is “fast” as its technical description says –Continue reading “Lovely images from aged Kodabrome”

Progress with The New Countess – 10×8 Camera

With some decent weather I have been able to take the “New Countess” into the garden and make some more trial images, testing out the lens and the exposure time variation with extending the bellows. I am pleased to find that the combination of light metering with the I-phone app “Light & Exposure Meter” andContinue reading “Progress with The New Countess – 10×8 Camera”