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.
Yesterday was a John Deere combine. Today is a John Deere trackhoe. See a theme here?
It has been raining all week and I have been busy with work so little time to get out and grab some 4×5 pictures. So I grabbed my camera and drove around Edmond looking for something to photograph. I am always drawn to heavy equipment that blue collar workers operate, so I saw this trackhoe parked in a nearby subdivision and pulled in to grab a snapshot.
Today was my first time using a red filter with my black and white photography. I had heard about how filters can darken the sky in a black and white photo, so did a bit of Google research and discovered red and orange are the trick to pulling detail out of a blue sky. I attached a Coken filter holder to the front of my Nikon 210 mm F5.6 lens mounted in my Toyo VX-125, and slid a red Cokin filter into place. I guessed that it increased exposure by about 2 stops so adjusted my settings to compensate. From this picture it looks closer to 3 stops.
So here you go – a John Deere trackhoe with a dark sky enhanced by a photo filter – on the camera of course, not in the computer.
A few weeks ago I needed a picture of Cafe 501 for my wife’s real estate blog. I arrived right before sunset and shot this photo hand-held on my Nikon D3s. Pretty simple shot. I used Photoshop to clean up some stray power lines to make it a little cleaner. A tripod probably would have been better and I could have shot at a lower ISO and hence less digital noise, but the D3s works quite well at higher ISO’s and I didn’t happen to have a tripod with me, so oh well.