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Monty McCutchen
26-Apr-2015, 09:22
Thought I would christen the ULF sub-forum with its own Portraiture Thread. Obviously it can be whatever the members want for it, but I thought it would be great to have a image sharing thread that also incorporated thoughts and methodologies of the difficulties of depth of field, lens characteristics etc. Hopefully those that are using ULF will share their real life experiences with the larger formats and what they have done to combat those difficulties. I'll start with an image and come back with some details when I have just a bit more time.

20 x 24 Wet Plate Collodion Alumitype, 30 inch Dallmeyer RR,

Will Whitaker
26-Apr-2015, 09:27
Two co-christenings from the Blue Ridge Mountains! Always nice stuff Monty! I look forward to seeing more. :)

Jim Fitzgerald
26-Apr-2015, 09:29
Monty, nice. I hope to have a 14 x 17 Portrait or two to post as soon as I get the carbon prints done. Nice work!

Tracy Storer
26-Apr-2015, 09:36
A Polaroid 20"x24", "Chocolate" portrait. "Chocolate" referring to the film type, a combination of P-3 neg, with PP400 receiver sheet and pod. 2.5x life-size, 49" extension with a 14" series III Dagor. Probably shot around f/22. Studio flash/med softbox.
Some people can hold still well, others, you just don't go for the close-up. (unless you go in for the victorian/wet-plate era headbraces, which I don't)

Jim Fitzgerald
26-Apr-2015, 09:41
Tracy & Monty you guys are going to make me feel small and inadequate :-) with these nice 20 x 24's! Looks like I'll have to build that back for the 14 x 17 after all so I can do 2024 as well! :-)

Tracy Storer
26-Apr-2015, 09:48
"Shirley" 14"x17" Cyanotype contact print from Berger BPF200 film. Wisner 14"x17" Traditional(sold to another forum member several years ago to fund prototyping my big cameras) Kodak 405 Portrait lens, a stop or two down from WO. Studio strobes and large fill "card" (I put "card" in quotes, because it was probably a full 4'x8' sheet of foam core.)

Jim Fitzgerald
26-Apr-2015, 09:52
Tracy, I think I have your 14 x 17 film if I'm not mistaken. Beautiful image and the model is lovely! Love the Bergger 200 BTW.

StoneNYC
26-Apr-2015, 09:54
I can't compete with you big guys, but I did give ULF portraits a try while borrowing a friends 11x14 century, however I was in a dark room at night with one 40w light bulb in the whole room, so, 2 minute exposure, 11x14 AGFA Curix X-Ray film in Rodinal. 450mm f/16 I believe.

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ndg
26-Apr-2015, 10:07
"Shirley" 14"x17" Cyanotype contact print from Berger BPF200 film. Wisner 14"x17" Traditional(sold to another forum member several years ago to fund prototyping my big cameras) Kodak 405 Portrait lens, a stop or two down from WO. Studio strobes and large fill "card" (I put "card" in quotes, because it was probably a full 4'x8' sheet of foam core.)

Tracy, that is lovely!

Tracy Storer
26-Apr-2015, 10:09
Jim, yes, when I switched to Ilford, you got the BPF I had left over.

Tracy, I think I have your 14 x 17 film if I'm not mistaken. Beautiful image and the model is lovely! Love the Bergger 200 BTW.

I know Monty has a lot more wonderful portraits to share as well. I am really looking forward to sharing with and seeing more from everyone.

jnanian
26-Apr-2015, 11:00
11x14 using a no name RR 10-12 sec, open shade
processed in coffee and dektol

cowanw
26-Apr-2015, 11:13
Very subtle!

pierre506
26-Apr-2015, 16:26
16x20 ambrotypes this weekend 133014

Andrew Plume
27-Apr-2015, 01:53
this (imo) is an absolutely invaluable new thread, thanks to all of those who have shown their images so far

best rgds
andrew

lab black
27-Apr-2015, 04:10
Tracy,

Re; "Shirley,"
Consummate elegance ...

Ralph Barker
27-Apr-2015, 08:02
ULF images should still go in the image-sharing section.

diversey
27-Apr-2015, 08:24
Very nice and interesting. How do you do ambrotypes in China? Does it have all supplies?


16x20 ambrotypes this weekend 133014

pierre506
27-Apr-2015, 09:00
Very nice and interesting. How do you do ambrotypes in China? Does it have all supplies?
Bought the lenses, camera, WP holder, chemicals...
Followed the WP process...
Done~

bob carnie
27-Apr-2015, 12:50
Simply lovely work Monty..
I need to get to NC and see more of your work.



Thought I would christen the ULF sub-forum with its own Portraiture Thread. Obviously it can be whatever the members want for it, but I thought it would be great to have a image sharing thread that also incorporated thoughts and methodologies of the difficulties of depth of field, lens characteristics etc. Hopefully those that are using ULF will share their real life experiences with the larger formats and what they have done to combat those difficulties. I'll start with an image and come back with some details when I have just a bit more time.

20 x 24 Wet Plate Collodion Alumitype, 30 inch Dallmeyer RR,

Emil Schildt
27-Apr-2015, 15:25
Paper negatives - 20x24 Hermagis 540 Aplanat..

pierre506
27-Apr-2015, 15:43
Paper negatives - 20x24 Hermagis 540 Aplanat..

Love the contrast~

Jim Fitzgerald
27-Apr-2015, 16:55
Emil, very nice images!

Corran
29-Apr-2015, 19:27
Here's a quick snap to show this image! I will scan later. My first successful 8x20 negative! The weather has been awful so I got fed up and fooled around in the studio and shot vertical 8x20!

This is my good friend and mentor Dominick, who I thought would be a fitting subject for my first successful sheet of film!

http://www.oceanstarproductions.com/photosharing/BRY_6589ibs.jpg

RSalles
29-Apr-2015, 20:09
Great idea Corran - iconic negative shot,

Cheers,

Renato

Corran
30-Apr-2015, 06:09
Thanks! Here's the finished product!

Deardorff/Korona Hybrid 8x20, Nikkor 450mm f/9, Efke 100, Rodinal 1:40, 9 minutes in home-built rotary tube (click for bigger photo):

http://www.oceanstarproductions.com/photosharing/8201606ss.jpg (http://www.oceanstarproductions.com/photosharing/8201606s.jpg)

jb7
30-Apr-2015, 06:24
That's great...

Old-N-Feeble
30-Apr-2015, 09:18
ULF images should still go in the image-sharing section.

Can o' worms... :p

Corran
30-Apr-2015, 10:49
Thanks jb7.

Randy Moe
30-Apr-2015, 12:06
Thanks! Here's the finished product!

Deardorff/Korona Hybrid 8x20, Nikkor 450mm f/9, Efke 100, Rodinal 1:40, 9 minutes in home-built rotary tube (click for bigger photo):

http://www.oceanstarproductions.com/photosharing/8201606ss.jpg (http://www.oceanstarproductions.com/photosharing/8201606s.jpg)

It is a very nice usage of pano. I need to swing my delicate flower Korona over 90 degrees. Maybe I need a studio board bottom to make sure it's solid. Which means a piece of scrap plywood...

I also like how your negative has plenty of headroom, and how you cropped the final image.

You are scanning on an Epson V7**?

Corran
30-Apr-2015, 12:58
I am using my Screen Cezanne - I can scan the whole negative in one go! 1500 DPI max resolution or so unless I finagle with multi-pass scans and stitching.

Thanks!

Edit: Here's the camera in the studio!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dt1sfgdCZEM/VUKKMIAf56I/AAAAAAAAHWI/mUE7nrVBbRU/unnamed%2B(1).jpg

Carl J
30-Apr-2015, 13:17
Super cool. What was your flash setup (watt/sec)?

Corran
30-Apr-2015, 13:19
I have no idea :o.

Everything up to maximum, 3-point lighting, metered appropriately (f/32 with a 1/2 stop bellows-compensation).

Carl J
30-Apr-2015, 13:28
I have no idea :o.

Everything up to maximum, 3-point lighting, metered appropriately (f/32 with a 1/2 stop bellows-compensation).

Close enough (f/32).

Thanks.

Emil Schildt
30-Apr-2015, 14:34
Two more - paper negatives Again

16x20 - Huge Jamin cone lens..

Steve Sherman
30-Apr-2015, 18:22
Thought I would christen the ULF sub-forum with its own Portraiture Thread. Obviously it can be whatever the members want for it, but I thought it would be great to have a image sharing thread that also incorporated thoughts and methodologies of the difficulties of depth of field, lens characteristics etc. Hopefully those that are using ULF will share their real life experiences with the larger formats and what they have done to combat those difficulties. I'll start with an image and come back with some details when I have just a bit more time.

20 x 24 Wet Plate Collodion Alumitype, 30 inch Dallmeyer RR,

Miniature 5x7 does not meet ULF criteria, however this image does indeed give perspective to the ULF extreme, 20x24 Ebony as seen with the extreme Monty McCutchen

ImSoNegative
30-Apr-2015, 19:49
miniature 5x7 does not meet ulf criteria, however this image does indeed give perspective to the ulf extreme, 20x24 ebony as seen with the extreme monty mccutchen


wow!!

Jim Fitzgerald
30-Apr-2015, 20:27
Nice!!!

Tri Tran
7-May-2015, 21:59
Title: Lobsang Monk
Process: Platinum
Plate: 11x14 in

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/mqbgSn.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/ipmqbgSnj)

Will Whitaker
8-May-2015, 08:49
Miniature 5x7 does not meet ULF criteria, however this image does indeed give perspective to the ULF extreme, 20x24 Ebony as seen with the extreme Monty McCutchen

Leaves one wondering just how the camera got there... I guess the extreme Monty is better than the full Monty!

Will Whitaker
8-May-2015, 08:52
Thanks! Here's the finished product!

Deardorff/Korona Hybrid 8x20, Nikkor 450mm f/9, Efke 100, Rodinal 1:40, 9 minutes in home-built rotary tube

I would love to hear more about your home-built rotary tube. Please.

Jim Fitzgerald
8-May-2015, 09:06
Tri, very nice!

Corran
8-May-2015, 09:45
I would love to hear more about your home-built rotary tube. Please.

It was pretty simple really. I used 3" diameter PVC pipe (3*π = 9.4") cut to about 22 inches. I then attached fittings on both sides that would allow screw-in PVC caps. Welded them together with the proper adhesive stuff, spray-painted it all black (I still developed with a safelight only just in case). The caps leak a little but not significantly enough to harm anything. I sealed one side better with sealant but the other side needs to unscrew for putting in the film/chemicals so I couldn't do anything about that. I use a wrench to lock down the cap as tight as I can before starting to roll the tube so it leaks very little. I used 32oz of chemicals but I could probably do with less.

One could do 12x20 with a 4" diameter pipe maybe, though it'd be a tight fit.

SergeiR
8-May-2015, 10:43
25 inch circumference would require you just under 8 inch inner diameter tube ;)

Corran
8-May-2015, 10:52
Huh? The tube is obviously used with the film curled on the short side. Unless I'm misunderstanding you.

SergeiR
8-May-2015, 11:06
Huh? The tube is obviously used with the film curled on the short side. Unless I'm misunderstanding you.

No, you can do it on shorter side too :) But when you do it on longer side you save length of tube. And i kind of like to do mine (i load 8x10 like this) rolled on longer side - seems like i manage with less damage to film then . For 12x20 of course you can get away with half of it ;). I just did calculate for 20x24, rolling through 24 side.

Anyway. Need to order some 20x24 film, i am...

Corran
8-May-2015, 11:08
Gotcha, I've never heard of anyone doing it long ways like that.

Scott --
8-May-2015, 12:59
An oldie, on 10x12 Adox.

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6116/6231439429_94d87a0897_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/auDKQR)Grandpa... (https://flic.kr/p/auDKQR) by Scott -- (https://www.flickr.com/people/87126550@N00/), on Flickr

RSalles
9-May-2015, 07:34
Nice shot, Scott. That's a photo that you just can imagine how much digital noise could have been show instead of a subtle gradation of dark tones,

Cheers,


Renato

Jim Noel
9-May-2015, 12:35
Scott,
A beautiful l portrait on old Adox, a wonderful film. Luckily I stil have a bit of it frozen.

Miguel Coquis
10-May-2015, 05:55
Trying again...
Adox 100
14x17"
Dev D76
Scan neg.
700mm f:5

Nicolasllasera
10-May-2015, 06:06
Here is my first 11x14. This is Xray film (no clue) that was in the holders that came inside a Pelican case. The hole case was checked in and xrayed (i guess). Shot at ISO 100 and developed in a Jobo with HC-110 Dil.B. Stripped the back and contact printed. Its not perfect but Im happy enough for today. Paper is Ilford Warmtone. Sorry for the phone picture. 133630

Monty McCutchen
10-May-2015, 06:34
Here is my first 11x14. This is Xray film (no clue) that was in the holders that came inside a Pelican case. The hole case was checked in and xrayed (i guess). Shot at ISO 100 and developed in a Jobo with HC-110 Dil.B. Stripped the back and contact printed. Its not perfect but Im happy enough for today. Paper is Ilford Warmtone. Sorry for the phone picture. 133630

Beautifully done. What a charming portrait!

StoneNYC
10-May-2015, 07:19
Here is my first 11x14. This is Xray film (no clue) that was in the holders that came inside a Pelican case. The hole case was checked in and xrayed (i guess). Shot at ISO 100 and developed in a Jobo with HC-110 Dil.B. Stripped the back and contact printed. Its not perfect but Im happy enough for today. Paper is Ilford Warmtone. Sorry for the phone picture. 133630

Awesome story and awesome success! This is great!

If you have any trouble with emulsion stripping I made a video tutorial for it at one point.

https://youtu.be/S9WuGkhdjDQ

Nicolasllasera
10-May-2015, 07:19
Beautifully done. What a charming portrait!

Thanks! Forgot to mention it was shot on a Chamonix 11x14 with a Computar 270mm @f/11 speed 1/4 or 1/8.

Nicolasllasera
10-May-2015, 07:20
Awesome story and awesome success! This is great!

If you have any trouble with emulsion stripping I made a video tutorial for it at one point.

https://youtu.be/S9WuGkhdjDQ

Thanks Stone, I actually watched your video on friday and did a similar thing as you did. It worked great. Now I just need more film as thats all I had.

brandon13
10-May-2015, 12:55
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Alina 11x14 inch Wet Plate from last year shot with a dallmeyer 5d wide open. Shooting a lot of 11x14 plates this year albeit mostly nudes. I will make sure to do a few portraits next week. Great thread.

http://brandonfernandez.com

chad23
10-May-2015, 13:27
Wow,Monty, that's incredible.
Love the mood you've created.
It gives me goosebumps.

RSalles
10-May-2015, 18:53
Trying again...
Adox 100
14x17"
Dev D76
Scan neg.
700mm f:5

Miguel,

You have captured a bit of her dream also,

Cheers,

Renato

Miguel Coquis
10-May-2015, 22:51
Miguel,

You have captured a bit of her dream also,

Cheers,

Renato

I am glad to see you put the "accent" on the evocative image power....
thanks for your comment, Renato
:)

Scott --
12-May-2015, 17:36
Nice shot, Scott. That's a photo that you just can imagine how much digital noise could have been show instead of a subtle gradation of dark tones,

Cheers,


Renato


Scott,
A beautiful l portrait on old Adox, a wonderful film. Luckily I stil have a bit of it frozen.

Renato and Jim, I thank you. :)

FrancisF
20-Feb-2016, 15:51
146924

16 x 48 contact print diptych

Monty McCutchen
20-Feb-2016, 20:09
Nice Francis!

Would love to see more of your work!

Monty

stawastawa
6-Apr-2016, 14:17
tri tran, curious noise in your image. over sharpening of paper texture? low res computer file?
I love the tones and pose, very nostalgic and what I'd expect of the subject, weather thats truth ornot i dont know but it make me feel comfortable and interested.