Rock Creek Campground Bridge

I had a change to capture this image in digital couple of years ago which I really liked, but I always wanted to revisit this and capture it in Large Format. On our most recent family camping trip to Rock Creek Lake, I just did that. One challenge I had was the sun was behind me, and it was casting an intense sunlight on the aspen tree to the right which was beyond the 5 stops, therefore it had to be developed at N-2. Overall I really like the results. It gave me a very workable negative to scan. 

Rock Creek Campground Bridge, Sierras, Chamonix 45n-1 with Rodenstock 90mm, Tmax 100

Rock Creek Campground Bridge, Sierras, Chamonix 45n-1 with Rodenstock 90mm, Tmax 100

Mission Trails Oak Tree in 4x5

I live near Mission trails park, which is minutes drive from where I live. This photo is to me as Half dome was to Ansel Adams, and by that I mean I made a lot of realizations and learned a lot about exposure and development of black and white film and zone system. I am also quite happy with the result. It gave me a negative that I could work with with well exposed shadows and highlights that were not over-blown. I use a hybrid system which involves developing the film with chemistry, then scanning the negatives and work with digital file in lighroom and photoshop. 

For this image, I used my Chamonix 45n-1 camera with Rodenstock 90mm lens, and Tmax 100 film. I exposed it at exposure index of 50 and developed the film 7.49 min at 69F. I used Rodinal at 1:50 dilution in constant agitation in a Jobo 2500 tank which I used on an Ilford motor agitator. 

Oak Tree, Mission Trails Regional Park, Chaminix 45n-1 with Rodenstock 90mm, Tmax 100 4x5

Oak Tree, Mission Trails Regional Park, Chaminix 45n-1 with Rodenstock 90mm, Tmax 100 4x5



Elm Tree and Half Dome

This past January, I finally was able to make it to Yosemite for snow photography.  

I was also able to obtain few shots using my Chamonix 45n-1 4x5 large format camera. For this particular shot, I used Rodenstock 90mm lens which is equivlent to 28mm lens n 35mm format. I shot with Fuji Velvia 50, which I was able to buy few boxes before they were discontinued. This shot, which has beautiful blue sky, was scanned with my Epson v750, and coverted to black and white in photoshop using Silver Efex 2.0. 

I must say that I really like the black and white version.  

Chamonix 45n-1  Rodenstock 90mm   

Chamonix 45n-1

Rodenstock 90mm