After riding my new Fuji Nevada mountain bike to the Edmond Liberty Fest Independence Day Parade with my Toyo VX-125 film camera loaded into my bicycle panniers, I found a spot across from UCO clock tower to capture this photo on Kodak TMAX-100 black and white film. It is always difficult to frame these photos just right. I had to wait for the right moment to capture the horses, but the riders turned to look at something across the road right before I snapped the shutter. Oh well, if I wanted to better capture the action I would shoot with a DSLR or maybe my Pentax 6×7 film camera.
While at the Edmond Liberty Fest Parade I took this photo of antique cars driving in the parade. I never know the exact framing with my Toyo VX-125 film camera since I have to set it all up, compose through the viewfinder, close the leaf shutter in the lens, insert the film and then just hope things happen in the frame as I expect. Not exactly what I was hoping for in this picture, but then again that is why I practice with this camera.
Shot on Kodak TMAX-100 film and processed at home I my kitchen sink using Kodak D76 developer then wet scanned on my Epson V-750 film scanner.
Well I have had a long layoff on my 4x5x365 project. Originally I planned shoot one 4×5 photo per day. That wasn’t practical at all. So I planned to shoot several 4×5 photos at once, and then post one per day. That lasted a bit longer but again proved unsustainable with my schedule and life. Soooo, now I have changed my plan again – I am just trying to get to 365 photos of 4×5 film. Maybe I can make that happen!
July 4 is always a big time in Edmond, the city where I live in central Oklahoma. We have what USA Today says is one of the top 10 Independence Day parades in the USA! It is always crowed, and I recently started riding my bicycle a LOT while trying to improve my health. I traded in my old Softride road bike for a new Fuji mountain bike in the spring, and rigged up some nice panniers and rack. So I decided to toss my 4×5 camera on my bike, ride to the parade, and shoot this even with my large format rig.
First up is this shot of a couple who’s Ford Model A car broke down during the parade. They parked behind me during the parade so I just turned my camera around and took their photo – after asking them to pose for me. I wish I had gotten their car more in the photo but there just wasn’t enough room or time to get the picture.
I shot this with my Toyo VX-125 film camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film – my favorite black and white film stock.
Back to some photos of the Rio Grande River. This is looking back at the John Dunn Bridge over the Rio Grande, just west of Arroyo Hondo. This is probably my favorite picture of the river and the bridge. The sky is not over-exposed, I like how the river leads my eye into the frame, and I just like the overall look of this picture. The only way to make it better would be to have someone leading a loaded donkey up the road!
Once again I took this photo with my Toyo VX-125 4×5 view camera on Ilford HP5 film using my Rodenstock 135mm lens.
After photographing the snowmobiles, I turned around and shot this photo of a snow cat machine. I inadvertently overexposed the image but was still able to recover a usable image thanks to the wide latitude of Kodak TMAX-100 film. This is on the outskirts of Red River, New Mexico shot on my Toyo VX-125 film camera.