Preparing to Photograph


A photographer goes into his pack to get a film cartage to slip into the back of his 8x10 view finder camera. YoloArts - Arts to Farm event Pleasants Valley Farm, Vacaville, CA June 24, 2018.

A photographer goes into his backpack to get a film cartage to slip into the back of his 8×10 view finder camera. YoloArts – ArtFarm event Pleasants Valley Farm, Vacaville, CA. June 24, 2018.

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12 Comments on “Preparing to Photograph

  1. Wow! Some serious folks out there (like you 🙂 ). And is the *really* an 8×10? Methinks you doth exaggerate 😬.

      • Yes, I do believe that you are correct. Comparing the image of Ansel Adams camera to the one in my photo definitely shows that Adams’ camera is much bigger. Thank you for the clarification.

    • I’ve not. This is the first time I’ve taken the opportunity to talk with someone about using a view finder camera. This is also the first time I’ve been out with this group. Hopefully I’ll see him again and can gain more knowledge.

      • Just loading the film is a chore that is done in the darkroom buy feeling the notches on the sheet of film. Then there is hand development, again in the dark. But, the quality. There is nothing like a well exposed piece of sheet film. If that guy is working in 8×10, think about it. An 8×10 piece of paper is made like a contact sheet.

      • I watched him load his camera with the plate and adjust and measure, etc. He was using a hand held meter and a digital camera set to see b&w as a way to compare readings for his view camera. He said that the cost of 50 film sheets was $115.
        I used to shot b&w film and prepare file cartridges and then develop in a dark. If we’re old enough most of us did this.
        His camera is a 5×7 not an 8×10.

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