OK, last cabin from my stop at Tahlonteeskee near Gore, Oklahoma. This was my second scan using the KAMI wet mounting fluid and I didn’t do a good job of getting the image and mylar stuck down so the image has ghosting in the upper left and corner and a bit center right side. I didn’t want to rescan so just left it as is. Like the other images, I underexposed this image 2 stops and ended up push processing the Kodak TMAX-100 film by 2 stops to improve the image. Once again shot with my Toyo 45a 4×5 view camera with a Rodenstock 150 mm F5.6 lens.
I got my fluid mounting liquid for my Epson Perfection V750 Pro scanner in! I am doing the happy dance! I have owned this excellent scanner for about 4 years now and always scanned my film using the included film holders. The scanner comes with a wet mounting tray but I never purchased the supplied to use it. Now that I am doing much more 4×5 work I decided to take the plunge and purchase KAMI mounting fluid and clear mylar film for the unit. This allows me to mount my film directly to a glass plate using the KAMI liquid, then place the clear mylar over the film, which is now sandwiched between glass and the myler with liquid filling any scratches. The scanning resolution and quality is improved significantly when compared to just scanning with the film holders. Now my 170 megapixel scans are crystal sharp with absolutely unbelievable detail! Another cool feature about wet scanning is now I can scan the entire frame of the image so I don’t have to add fake film borders. I think this is pretty darn cool myself.
My first scan was this film of a log cabin at Tahlonteeskee, the original Cherokee capitol near Gore, Oklahoma. I really love the old style look of this cabin despite having a metal roof. It was originally built in the 1820’s and still stands today. I shot this with my Toyo 45a 4×5 film camera on Kodak TMAX-100. My lens was a beautiful Rodenstock 150 mm F5.6 lens which gives a field of view about the same as a 45mm lens on a 35 mm camera. Unfortunately you can’t see all the detail with a low resolution web image, but believe me, I can see ants crawling up the trees in this photo. It is quite amazing.
After stopping in Tahlequah for the morning, meandered south past Tenkiller Lake to Gore, Oklahoma. I saw on my GPS a marker I had placed earlier for an Oklahoma Ghost Town, so drove 2 miles east of Gore on Highway 64 to the former Old Settlers Band of Cherokee’s capitol. Built around 1828, these buildings are considered the oldest capitol buildings in Oklahoma and were named after Cherokee Chief Tahlonteeskee, who presided over the Cherokee Nation from 1809 to 1818.
When I stopped by several years prior, the buildings were in great shape and were being maintained by someone – either the Oklahoma Historical Society or the Cherokee Nation – not sure who. Now the building site empty and in the early stages of decay. I took about 45 minutes to grab some pictures with my Toyo 45a view camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film. Like before, I had underexposed the images because I was reading my light meter incorrectly so I ended up push processing the images 2 stops.