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+ (4×5 sheet format). Developed in Paterson FX-39 at 1+16 for 16½ minutes. Scanned by an Epson Perfection 2450 at 1200dpi.
As usual, the rest of the images are on my website.
Fourth outing (Film batch 3) with the 4×5 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.
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