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#1 Nightfly

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 07:31 PM

Large Format Milky Way

 

4x5 film image of the Milky Way area of Aquila and Scutum using out of the box Fuji Acros.  The 40 minute tracked exposure with 150mm f/5.6 Schneider Symmar HM lens on a Cambo SC.  The Fuji Acros was developed in Xtol 1+1 in a MOD54 with Patterson tank. 

 

The Symmar lens was shot wide open.  Stars were focused on the ground glass with a 10X loupe.   From planning to guiding and developing the shot was an awesome experience.  Taken September 2017 from my dark sky home in Maine.

 

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 07:36 PM

Absolutely gorgeous and awe-inspiring!


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 08:14 PM

That is a very unique and special set up !   And minimal fogging as we used to experience with long exposure film shots.

 

Well done.


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 08:35 PM

do you want some 4x5 film holders ?           PM me.


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Posted 03 December 2018 - 08:41 PM

Spectacular. Makes me want to get an LF camera, must resist ;)
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 09:04 PM

As an old school film based photographer and darkroom nerd, I must say your craft & resulting image is SIMPLY AMAZING!

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 11:01 PM

That is one heck of a stellar shot! (pardon the pun)

 

Nicely Done!

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 12:25 AM

Wow great work..


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Posted 04 December 2018 - 05:22 PM

Yes very nice!

 

It really saddens me that Fuji decided to stop making this excellent B&W film.  It was one of my favorites.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:38 AM

That is a work of art!

 

Using 4x5 film, I've managed decent tracking up to 30 minutes with the Astrotrac, but never with the perfection you have obtained. I may have to try again soon. Comet 46P could be a fun target? 

 

Great job, and I hope you find yourself shooting more film in the future!  Especially 4x5. 

 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:22 AM

Large Format Milky Way

 

4x5 film image of the Milky Way area of Aquila and Scutum using out of the box Fuji Acros.  The 40 minute tracked exposure with 150mm f/5.6 Schneider Symmar HM lens on a Cambo SC.  The Fuji Acros was developed in Xtol 1+1 in a MOD54 with Patterson tank. 

 

The Symmar lens was shot wide open.  Stars were focused on the ground glass with a 10X loupe.   From planning to guiding and developing the shot was an awesome experience.  Taken September 2017 from my dark sky home in Maine.

 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 07:09 PM

Thank you all for the kind remarks.  The 4x5 camera and lens, along with the needed supports taxed the telescope mount holding the arrangement.  I selected this target as everything balanced well at this declination.  No way could it work near the zenith.

 

Pulling the sheet out of the film wash and holding it up to the light made me giddy!  I'll likely stick with medium format as that work flow is very reliable and I can consistently produce good work.

 

I'm sure I will do a few more LF frames in the coming year.  

 

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:04 PM

Very nice camera!  I'm guessing that weighs well over 10 lbs?  That must have been a lot of work getting the balance right. A great accomplishment for sure! My 4x5 Crown Graphic only weighs about 5 lbs. Its fairly easy to manage, even with my weaker setup.

 

One thing I really like about 4x5 is that it seems even lower end scanners can still pull out fairly high amounts of detail. 

 

Great to hear you are planning to shoot some more film shots in the future. Looking forward to seeing them. 

 

Tom


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:50 PM

Absolutely wonderful!
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#15 Nightfly

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:37 AM

Very nice camera!  I'm guessing that weighs well over 10 lbs?  That must have been a lot of work getting the balance right. A great accomplishment for sure! My 4x5 Crown Graphic only weighs about 5 lbs. Its fairly easy to manage, even with my weaker setup.

 

One thing I really like about 4x5 is that it seems even lower end scanners can still pull out fairly high amounts of detail. 

 

Great to hear you are planning to shoot some more film shots in the future. Looking forward to seeing them. 

 

Tom

Thanks Tom,

 

Yeah, a smaller field camera would be the way to go.  This monorail is just too darn heavy.  I really should not have even attempted it, but like film photography itself....why?

 

All the good films are gone.  I'm just strolling through the park with my last box of candy.

 

Got a fine DSLR with many pieces of fast glass.  At times I'll pursue that road, but a good film shot, despite the extra work is still fun and rewarding.  

 

The Pentax 67 kit and the film freezer are still with me.  For regular film work, that is the way to go.  I've shot literally hundreds of hours of combined exposure time with it with few problems.  I may start posting a "best of...." those frames.  

 

Thanks for chiming in.

 

Jim 



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 02:06 PM

Beautiful photo.  Makes me want to get back into B&W photography.


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:43 PM

Large format photography is something very special. The results cannot be reched with digital. One of the most beautiful shots I ever saw.


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