I had just completed an editorial photo assignment in Osage County and was driving back through Barnsdall when I stopped to take this picture. I have photographed at Jack’s Place a couple of other times, always with a digital camera. This time I wanted to get something old style, authentic looking and historic that could stand the test of time. I set up my Toyo 45a field camera with my Rodenstock 155 mm lens and captured this from across the street. If I were to use a picture like this for commercial or editorial photography work, I would crop the bottom of the image. But for my 4x5x365 project I am showing the raw scans with the entire frame of film.
After wet scanning the image on my Epson Perfect V750 scanner, I noticed my ghosting problem barely showing up in the top of the frame in the film border. Humm. I had shifted my lens for this image, but usually when I do that the ghosting shows up at the bottom of the frame. And here I am shooting brand new TMAX-100 film that is fresh and current only about 2 weeks old, so I don’t think it is my film. I don’t understand why the same ghosting pattern is showing up in the TOP of the frame now, and on the film border which should be completely black. A processing problem perhaps? I still don’t know what is causing this problem. It is the same problem over and over and look identical in each picture, but usually it is at the bottom of the frame while this time it is at the top of the frame in the film border. Strange, strange.