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Over The Fence
May 2, 2017

By Tim L Lowe

Over The Fence

Another shot in the back yard with a flat, dull sky. Nasty wind to contend with too. I focused pretty much ignoring the tree tows which were waving most of the time. I didn't think that one, f'd up little low cloud between the roof line and the bottom of the tree branches would be a big deal. It actually looks like hell. Orange filter didn't seem to do much with the sky as it wasn't really blue.So, this one confuses me. I thought I had the camera leveled yet there is pretty dramatic keystoning on the left of the frame. In fact, I think everything looks just a little bit wonky. Maybe I'm just being hypercritical. Input is always welcome.

Weeping Cherry with Dandelions
May 1, 2017

By Tim L Lowe

Weeping Cherry with Dandelions

This one, in my back yard on a day with very flat light. The front standard slipped down on me a bit also. OK. A lot. The sidewalk was not in the shot I composed. Used a red filter and waited for a long time for a calm few seconds to make the exposure. Not too much movement in the tree.

Rise & Fall
Apr 30, 2017

By Tim L Lowe

Rise & Fall

Mostly fall. I had this shot fairly well composed. Not a lot of front tilt. The front tilt on this camera is base tilt so while you are tilting you need to apply just a little rise or fall to keep the composition. I think I'll get used to that. But what I definitely have to learn is that I need to really tighten down the front standard after everything is composed and focused. Otherwise it slides down when you're not paying attention. And you get this...

Rooftop Night Panoramic - Nightmare On Chicago Street
Oct 28, 2016

By saulbhp

Rooftop Night Panoramic - Nightmare On Chicago Street

Riverwalk Sunset Panoramic
Oct 28, 2016

By saulbhp

Riverwalk Sunset Panoramic

New Adventures
Jul 28, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

New Adventures

So my friend got an Eastman 8x10 a while back and set it aside. Fascinated, I decided to try it out before he converted it to use in wet process or some other strange thing. (You gotta know Hans to appreciate all the old process fun he has.)The first problem was the beautiful, pristine Schneider lens. It had no shutter. I was first thinking to shoot it stopped down and use a hat as a shutter. The I spied a really nice Schneider lens on a Linhoff board and decided I could rig it up to one of the empty lens boards. A lot of duct tape and some mild swearing and that looked pretty serviceable.All the boards, except for the one I used, had a push pin kind of fixture mounted in the board. I'm guessing this was to operate some kind of shutter that sat inside the camera, behind the lens. Where? I'll never know and there was nothing in the case to act as a shutter. I also taped up two holes in the bottom of the front standard that seemed purposed to the same end.If anyone knows about how these lenses worked, let me know. I can't find anything on the web.I cleaned up two film holders and loaded 4 sheets of film. This was not a simple task as my changing bag is really too small for this and I did damage some film. I also loaded one sheet improperly and it fell into the camera when I pulled the dark slide. I'll load the rest of the film in a darkroom. As you can see here, one holder has a light leak so I'll have to find that and get some tape on it before I load more film.My first shot was in a wooded area and I'll upload and discuss that shot later. This one was in full sun and, I think, came out pretty well.f/32 @ 1/30 secRodinal 1:25 tray developed for 6 minsScanned at 1200 dpi in 8 slices and stitched in Photoshop

Convertible II
Jul 22, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Convertible II

I've driven a lot of them but I've never had one for a lens. Second of two shots made with exactly the same camera position and movements. One at 315mm and this one at 180mm.

Convertible I
Jul 20, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Convertible I

I've driven a lot of them but I've never had one for a lens. First of two shots made with exactly the same camera position and movements. One at 180mm and this one at 315mm.

Another Backup
Jul 11, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Another Backup

I changed the composition a bit for my 2nd shot in the kid park.

Again
Jul 8, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Again

I couldn't resist another go at this. The light was good and I had a few sheets of film to burn so I could justify developing. So no point to this. Just like all the detail and texture.

Great Blue Heron
Jun 29, 2016

By JDZ adon

Great Blue Heron

Fox River, Elgin Illinois

Hot Summer's Day
Jun 28, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Hot Summer's Day

I went for a walk, looking for something to do with the last few sheets of film I had loaded. I have overlooked this little park.And yes, I composed my shot from the shade to avoid having the camera melt.

Single Exposure (Portrait)
Jun 6, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Single Exposure (Portrait)

So I went back to the fen and reshoot the scene that I double exposed, being a bit more careful as to which film holder was in the camera. It was shot from exactly the same spot (the grass was still a bit trampled from my last visit) but the sky was a little flatter. The sun was shining directly into the camera. I figured since the contrast was high, I would develop these +1 and I think it was the right decision. I'm really pleased with the tight grain although I did loose a bit of detail in the contrasty areas in the tree tops.

Meanwhile, Back At The Fen
May 30, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Meanwhile, Back At The Fen

I tool my friend's wooden Deardorf out to the fen the other day. It has more movements than my Wista but it is huge and defintely takes some getting used to.

Cherokee in HDR
May 19, 2016

By JDZ adon

Cherokee in HDR

Weeping
Apr 29, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Weeping

The weeping cherry tree in the back yard is blooming.

Old, Familiar Places
Apr 24, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Old, Familiar Places

I had one of my first shows here. It's hard to walk past on the way up the hill from the train station. It's always warm and friendly inside. They make the best damned martini for some reason. Maybe it's the freshly made blue cheese stuffed olives. Martini Room. Elgin

Arbor
Apr 18, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Arbor

Shooting around the back yard to test film.

Different Box
Apr 16, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Different Box

This is one of the shots I made on film from a new box of Delta. WAY different from my problematic negatives. I fear I have 75 sheets of ruined film. I'm suspecting the motherfuckers at TSA took it out of the lead bag and xrayed it. I hate those bastards.

South Elgin Residential Sunset Panorama
Aug 24, 2014

By saulbhp

South Elgin Residential Sunset Panorama