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Nettleham Hall 29 - Film

By WilliamRoar
Yesterday I decided to re-visit Nettleham Hall, with the repaired camera, tripod, and the large format Toyo Field 45a. Not much is known about the site, but it burnt down in 1937. Most of the walls remain, but the floors are gone, so fireplaces can be seen what would have been the second and third storeys.

The Toyo-Field 45A is a large format bellows camera which features interchangeable backs and lenses. The bellows give a high degree of movement, which can be used as a tilt-shift lens. I shot off 2 darkslides today, combined with the 2 already exposed - I had my 6 images to process.

Toyo Field 45A with 150mm and 90mm lenses (35mm equiv. 45mm and 28mm). Ilford FP4+ (45 sheet format). Developed in Paterson FX-39 at 1+16 for 16 minutes. Scanned by an Epson Perfection 2450 at 1200dpi.

As usual, the rest of the images are on my website.

Informal Bit

Fourth outing (Film batch 3) with the 45 and I got fairly decent results. This set of 6 images was a devil to get onto the spool, but I managed without breaking, scratching, ripping, putting two films on one "notch", etc, which was good. The results were much, much (technically) better than my previous two uses of this camera - encouraging me to shoot more. This negative was nice, thick and juicy which must've confused the scanners AI - had to select the area manually.

For this picture I was using the 90mm lens - for some reason it's really difficult to see/preview compositions with this lens, yet the actual image is fine! It must be something to to with the ground glass focusing screen - apologies for that flare at the top.

Yes, I do manually add EXIF data.

William Lee Photography

Tags: Landscape Nature Architecture Black and white Large format Ruin

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14 Nov 2011 10:29PM
Spooky, I love the atmosphere and expectations of this shot ^^
But i cant help feeling the patch of sunlight at the top put's me off a little. And that long sideway's treetrunk cutting across the wall get's a little in the way{i know, you cant move a tree xD} But i love it!

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 175 England
15 Nov 2011 7:46AM
Out of curiosity more than anything else, I took this into Photoshop Elements 9 - as I suspected you've managed to get most things right 'in camera'. This is an amazing place and you've managed to capture the atmosphere brilliantly. Your understanding of the way your camera works is enviable. Smile

I've uploaded a mod, but to be honest I can't see much difference between mine and yours! I used the 'Burn' tool at 50% and tried to tone down the 'flare' a little. Smile
fentiger 18 920 24 England
15 Nov 2011 8:26AM
The composition is fine here but I would try sepia toning it ~ see mod.

Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
15 Nov 2011 9:20AM
There's not much I can say about this. It's really quite impressive.
The sepia mod looks good too although I think I'd probably decrease the opacity a little.
In fact, this shot lends itself to all kinds of tones and treatments. I reckon a duo-tone version would work well.
Really good work.

woolybill1 Plus
13 30 75 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 9:40AM
I rather like the flare at the top. The image is so reminiscent of the earliest pioneers, for whom recording the scene was all-important (lens quality came low down on a list of priorities which had composition at the top). And this is a very Victorian subject.

After reading your intro my first reaction was to suggest a mild sepia toning, so I've tried a quick mod: beside the toning I have reduced contrast a little and added a slight dark vignette. But the potential in this image is endless.

thatmanbrian 8 342 3 Spain
15 Nov 2011 5:32PM
I like this. It makes me want to investigate and explore! The leaning tree is a bit of a problem for me - but as you're using 'antique' equipment you might have been limited in viewpoint. You need to see this sort of print very large, not on a small monitor, to appreciate tonality and texture.
jamestheboy 10 447 5 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 9:57PM
I like it good work from you well done

james Smile
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1288 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 7:19PM
Well, potentially superb, but given the gear and your likely expertise I am rather surprised at the flare which, for me, adds nothing and detracts quite a lot. Just cropping the top on my screen with a bit of card improves this image no end.

Assume you are scanning the negative rather than a print, because, if it was a print, I would have expected some burning in in the darkroom. I, too, always rated 125 FP4 - assuming it is FP4 - at 100ISO to give a slightly denser negative, or at ISO200 in Metol/Pyro. However, I really would get rid of the flare because, otherwise, it is very good indeed.

MickS 15 23 14 England
18 Nov 2011 10:36AM
Watcha William,
excellent shot although I was distracted by that leaning wall at the right.
All very Victorian and spooky, write some Gothic novel here.
I've had a play, thanks.

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