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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.

out on the praire
Jun 17, 2016

By skeem125

out on the praire

www.skeem125photography.com

Thinking of Orlando - First Congregational Church of Elgin - Elgin IL
Jun 13, 2016

By Meridith112

Thinking of Orlando - First Congregational Church of Elgin - Elgin IL

All Are Welcome HereChurch records show that First Congregational Church got its start in the log cabin of its founder, James T. Gifford. It’s a landmark that existed only three blocks from the current church structure.The church’s present building – its third- was constructed at the corners of Chicago and Center Streets in 1889 at a cost of $35,000. Constructed with red pressed brick and brownstone trim, the interior was laid out as a “church in the round,” or the “Akron” style popular at the time.The sanctuary included an organ with over 250 pipes – an instrument that still ranks as one of the largest in the Fox Valley. The large seating capacity of First Congregational Church soon made it a community auditorium on par with the current Hemmens Cultural Center.Jane Addams, Booker T. Washington, and John Dewey were among the notables who spoke in the building. The sanctuary also served as the sight of high school graduations and other community functions.

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.

Double Exposure
Jun 3, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Double Exposure

So I couldn't decide on this scene. Vertical or horizontal. So I shot two sheets each way. The PROBLEM was, didn't change film holders. Classic double exposure. The film really moved around in the holder between shots. I have to be more careful to rap it on the top of the camera back before I insert it.

flying is freedom
Jun 1, 2016

By skeem125

flying is freedom

Cherokee in HDR
May 19, 2016

By JDZ adon

Cherokee in HDR

Bluff Spring Fen Rock ©2016 Lauri Novak Photography
May 17, 2016

By LauriNovakPhotography

Bluff Spring Fen Rock ©2016 Lauri Novak Photography

Bluff Spring Fen Fence & Tree ©2016 Lauri Novak Photography
May 17, 2016

By LauriNovakPhotography

Bluff Spring Fen Fence & Tree ©2016 Lauri Novak Photography

Oak Bark
Apr 28, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Oak Bark

So I did the side-by-side test of my suspect film. There is no longer any question. It is easy to distinguish between the shots in each pair of shots I made. The "bad" negatives are much darker, lack contrast and detail, and the have odd red patches at random places on the negative. (I also developed an unexposed sheet and came out gray with shadows and red patches.) So... Anyone want 75 sheets of really bad film?

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

The Oaks
Apr 19, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

The Oaks

My neighborhood has huge oaks, at least 200 years old. They predate any of the houses. I kind of missed on the DOF here. The buildings are sharp buto the trees... not so much. I used a orange filter to enhance the pretty flat sky.

Arbor
Apr 18, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Arbor

Shooting around the back yard to test film.

Hints Of Spring
Apr 11, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Hints Of Spring

The fen behind Bluff City Cemetery is starting to show signs of spring.My first successful attempt at stand processing with Rodinal. Not the tightest grain I've ever seen on Delta but I didn't use up a lot of chemistry at least. Orange filter here as the light was still a little flat.

Shop & Share
Apr 8, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Shop & Share

Another view of the same alley. A little over exposed out the entrance. But got some nice detail in the tunnel.

In The Alley
Apr 7, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

In The Alley

I dug back in the archives to find that I've only shot this once before. On 220 C-41 what I developed myself. As much as I walk through here, you'd think I'd have shot it more often.

It Takes A Lot To Laugh (again)
Apr 6, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

It Takes A Lot To Laugh (again)

Returning still to another familiar scenes. This time I noticed the "No Trespassing" sign. I didn't pay any attention to it but I noticed it.

End Of The Line On A Stormy Day
Apr 5, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

End Of The Line On A Stormy Day

My 2nd outing with the new camera went much better. I exposed 6 sheets and they all came out fine. I returned to several scenes around town that I have shot before on 6x6 and with different digital cameras. This was an exercise in camera movements. I think I got the DOF fairly well. It's not incredibly sharp everywhere but not bad.

Making The Rounds
Apr 4, 2016

By Tim L Lowe

Making The Rounds

I like to shoot in this building. It's a challange. Not much light, lots of contrast, need for a lot of DOF. It was really a challange with the 4x5. I had to get the lines back parallel after pointing the camera down. A little back tilt, a little swing and it all looked pretty good in the glass. At least, I'm pleased. What did large format photographers do before apps? I used my DOF calculator to figure out where to focus. Then a reciprocity failure calculator (which even gives you a timer to use for the exposure!) because of the very long exposure. And no more making shooting notes in a little notebook... Wista 45N w/Schneider-Kreuznach 150mm f/5.6 Delta 100 @ ISO 100 34.5 sec @ f/32.5 Rodinal 1:25, 9 mins, water stop, Ilford Rapid Fix, dry and scan