Illinois Beach State Park - Mid Century Modern

A series of photographs taken on Graflex Speed Graphic with Nikkor 135mm lens and Hasselblad 500c/m with Planar 80mm, hand held all at 1/125th of a second and f/11 for the Graflex and around 1/60 f/5.6 for the Hasselblad. 4x5 images were photographed on film using for Tmax 400 developed in Eco Pro (Xtol) 1:1 developer for 9.5 at a starting temperature of about 85F while Hasselblad photographs were on Delta 100, same processing. The images are of an abandoned structure on the State Park beach and a few of the surrounding area. The building is likely meant to represent a boat, and it was likely used by local beach goers as a locker room, shower facility, and a places get a quick bite to eat, back in its heyday. I liked the architecture and slightly creepy feel to the images. These would likely make an interesting background for some portrait photography as well. Hope you enjoy!

Graflex Speed Graphic Large Format Camera Review

Well ….after over a year of ownership, and all kinds of “fun” I thought it was time to share my camera with the world. Hope you like it! Sample images included.

Lunch break Speed Graphic Adventure - Video

I ran out at lunch one cold January day to try and give my Speed Graphic a go without a tripod. I have never tried this before, as usually larger format cameras, including 4x5 cameras are mounted on a tripod. However, this was known as a “press camera” and it was hand held and carried about by brave and strong photo journalists as a matter of course. So, I thought …”hey!” …let’s try! It did not disappoint. I was able to take 6 images in less than 20 minutes, and it seemed natural and not very hard. I will definitely do it again! I used Kodak Tmax 400 speed film, and left the shutter speeds at 1/125th of a second (setting B5 on the Speed Graphic) so my apertures ranged from f/8 yo f/22. Film was developed in Ilford DD-X 1:9 solution for 12 minutes with 10 seconds of agitation, and film was scanned with Epson V800.