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!
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.
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.