Category: Large Format

Another Three Portraits of Jennifer

Today another three portraits if my good friend and frequent collaborator Jennifer. This shoot was a experiment on two fronts: it was the first time I tried shooting a hand-held portrait with my 4×5 Speed Graphic and 127mm/4.7 Kodak Ektar lens, and it was the first time I tried shooting some Fuji NC 160 4×5 colour sheet film I’ve had for a while.

Through a Pinhole

On the two latest episodes of My Photography Podcast I had the pleasure of speaking with pinhole photographers Kathrena Revera and Moni Smith. Their passion for their craft and their amazing work inspired me to finally try pinhole photography. I am using my 4×5 Speed Graphic camera, with a 0.3mm pinhole in place of a lens, and though I am still at the experimental “dialing it in” phase of my work I am excited with the results. Both images below were shot on Fomapan 100 film. The exposure for the first image was 6.5 minutes, the second 1 minute, 15 seconds.

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4×5 at the Rail Bridge

Last weekend I got together with friends Sean and Ori for some large format shooting at the unused rail bridge in the lower Don Valley in Toronto. I was shooting my Speed Graphic 4×5, with a 127mm/4.7 Kodak Ektar lens, using Fomapan 100 film.

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Here’s a image of my friend Sean, setting up an shot with his 4×5 view camera, taken with my Olympus XA 35mm.

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And finally a shot of me! (Image taken by Sean Patenaude with his Nikon, used with permission)

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Another Photographer Friend

Today another portrait of a film photography friend 🙂 It was a lovely day at High Park yesterday when Chrissie Wu and I met up for a photoshoot. I was once again using my 4×5 Speed Graphic and vintage Petzval lens, but the film was Fomapan 100, which I have never shot in 4×5 before. Developed in Xtol 1+1 for 7.5 minutes @ 20 C, I am quite happy with the tonality of the result.

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The Light of Late Afternoon

I had a great shoot yesterday with my good friend Jennifer yesterday. The sun was low in the sky, and through the trees on the U of T campus downtown the light took on a lovely dappled quality that I think worked well with the Petzval lens and the 4×5 Speed Graphic. Created using Ilford HP5+ film.

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Two Cameras, One Subject

Last Wednesday at lunch on a very warm, humid day I got together with my good friend Adriana for a portrait shoot in Centennial Park in Mississauga. I used two very different cameras: first, my Olympus Pen F, which until I had primarily used for male portraits. With a 100mm/3.5 Zuiko lens mounted, I think this camera works for female portraits as well.

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Next, a portrait with my Petzval lens from the 1860’s using my 4×5 Speed Graphic. While normally I shoot close in with this lens, I decided to try moving back, and I like what the old lens did to the background. There is a a dimensionality to the Petzval lens optical formula that I don’t think digital filters can copy; it’s like being in a dream 🙂

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Michelle Again

Here is another image of my friend Michelle, taken at the Quebec meet-up of friends she hosted. This photograph was made with my 4×5 Speed Graphic, my antique Petzval lens, some amazing light, and an amazing subject 🙂

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Depth of Character

Finally back with a new image! This is my good friend Sylvain; a couple of weeks ago I enjoyed meeting up with him and other good friends just outside Montreal. This image was created with my 4×5 Speed Graphic and 1860’s Petzval lens.

When Sylvain saw the image, he said he thought he looked “serious.” The word that works for me is “thoughtful”; like everyone at the gathering, Sylvain is a person of great depth and creativity; he lives up to the caption on his T-shirt. This lens has a very shallow depth of field, but I think it captures depth of character.

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