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jnanian
17-Oct-2016, 18:31
sure, there are a lot of beautiful photogrphs posted on this website in these threads
but i'd like to see something completely different than what is in your comfort zone.

you like photographing rocks and trees? how about uploading a portrait?
you like photographing nudes? how about an architectural photograph
still lives? how about an a abstract ..
you like portraits? how about a landscape ...

you know, something that stretches you, was difficult for you to do, and maybe, you'll do it again.

Vaughn
17-Oct-2016, 18:39
The most difficult thing for me to photograph was some weddings -- and no, I will not do it again. I suppose something in a pictorial style would be the biggest stretch for me...don't hold your breath waiting for it!

Since I have been photographing for 40 years, I have been doing a lot of stretching to keep limber. Including color work.

I would not call this stretching, just have a lot of fun. Polaroid image transfer -- self-portrait with a couple of enlargers I hauled out of the darkroom for some maintenance (back before my beard turned white!)

Andrew O'Neill
17-Oct-2016, 19:42
Don't really do the soft focus thing, but I do have a Wollaston meniscus. Sitting bored at home last August, thought I'd play with it. Waterhouse stop was not inserted all the way, and got this interesting effect. On Green double-sided, x-ray.

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8608/30101080260_cb16f36454_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/MRVUsq)WheelBarrow (https://flic.kr/p/MRVUsq) by Andrew O'Neill (https://www.flickr.com/photos/62974341@N02/), on Flickr

Vaughn
17-Oct-2016, 20:37
Pictorial style is not really just soft focus, but now that I think about it, I did try a cheap magnifying lens on a Speed Graphic (first two)...and solarizing a Type 55 negative.

Kirk Gittings
17-Oct-2016, 20:49
sure, there are a lot of beautiful photogrphs posted on this website in these threads
but i'd like to see something completely different than what is in your comfort zone.

you like photographing rocks and trees? how about uploading a portrait?
you like photographing nudes? how about an architectural photograph
still lives? how about an a abstract ..
you like portraits? how about a landscape ...

you know, something that stretches you, was difficult for you to do, and maybe, you'll do it again.

go for it :)

jnanian
18-Oct-2016, 07:25
i don't really ever photograph using color film, or flowers
so for a while there i used up all my velveeta and proveeta
and shot a bunch of things i never photographed
and haven't done it since. it was kind of fun i guess
i learned a lot about how HARD doing things you take for granted are
and how having color 4x5 film processed at a lab is not for the faint of wallet.

Randy
21-Oct-2016, 18:30
John, I don't know if I know how to do this. I like photographing everything, old cars, abandoned buildings, close-ups of wild flowers, portraits. Perhaps my comfort zone ends at approaching complete strangers and asking if I can take their picture. I have done it before but it has been many, many years. Perhaps I'll try that. I had to do it back in the early 80's as part of a photojournalism class. Shooting 35mm we could only use a 50mm lens and the portraits had to be head & shoulder shots (forcing us to get intimate with the subject). It was a wonderful experience and I got some great shots.

edit - I love your blog and visit often.

jnanian
21-Oct-2016, 18:39
hey randy,

thanks for visiting my blog and the kind worlds; i appreciate it !
your portraits sound great, that is the sort of thing i was talking about... if you can't find photos
that's ok, if your "archives" are like mine ... good luck !
i know exactly where you are coming from, i also have to push myself to photograph people like you described.
its really hard, especially if you don't make a habit out of talking to strangers &c rewarding when it works out !

john

Ron789
22-Oct-2016, 15:05
Good question (/challenge...) John! After doing 35mm and medium format for some 40 years I stepped into large format (4x5) a couple of months ago. Now that I've familiarized myself with the gear and materials I'm struggling with the question: what am I going to photograph with this stuff? I'm not interested in landscapes, still lives, architecture or photo's of "things" (cars, trains, ships etc.). For portraits I find 4x5 an overkill and unpractical, though I will give it a try one day. So I decided to give street photography a try. So far, I like it!
My first results:
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Ron789
26-Oct-2016, 16:45
Seems like this thread is dying..... Does that mean that everybody prefers to stay in his / her comfort zone, shooting the same LF photo's we've been doing over the past 50 years? That worries me: my fear is that too few young photographers will feel attracted to the traditional LF photography style and as a result LF film ptotography will die within decades. I would love to see more innovative and exciting applications of LF!

jnanian
26-Oct-2016, 16:48
Seems like this thread is dying..... Does that mean that everybody prefers to stay in his / her comfort zone, shooting the same LF photo's we've been doing over the past 50 years? That worries me: my fear is that too few young photographers will feel attracted to the traditional LF photography style and as a result LF film ptotography will die within decades. I would love to see more innovative and exciting applications of LF!

i think you are right ... oh well, i tried..

Randy Moe
26-Oct-2016, 18:12
i think you are right ... oh well, i tried..

Hang on thread. I'll shoot to order.

Soon.

jp
8-Nov-2016, 19:05
I've had some ideas in mind for this before you even suggested it. Appreciate the encouragement and adventure suggested by the thread. It's overdue. Just posted in the November portrait thread.

Bipin
9-Nov-2016, 17:30
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One of my first Mordancage experiments!

Ron789
9-Nov-2016, 18:34
Bipin, interesting! Can you please tell a bit more about the Mordancage idea?

Bipin
12-Nov-2016, 12:40
Thank you! Mordancage is a process in which a developed print or negative is exposed to a chemical bath that allows you to peel the emulsion off of the base and mechanically manipulate it by hand, with tweezers, etc. It's not too difficult, and the results are pretty unique - I'd encourage you to give it a try! :) http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/processes/mordancage/the-mordanage-background-and-process

CassJohnson
19-Oct-2017, 21:20
This was WAY out of my comfort zone when I did it. But I did it because I had never tried it before. I took two different images with my Crown Graphic then sandwiched the negatives together for this. Did a little dodging and burning of course. Its on fiber based paper and toned with what I think was sepia, but I'm not sure. I normally like landscapes because they don't move.

CassJohnson
19-Oct-2017, 21:29
This was WAY out of my comfort zone. I normally like landscapes. they don't move and can't talk back. But I had this idea and had to try it because I had never done it before. I took two different images with my Crown Graphic, then sandwiched the negatives together for this image. On fiber based paper and sepia toned. Took some dodging and burning.

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jon.oman
20-Oct-2017, 08:22
This was WAY out of my comfort zone. I normally like landscapes. they don't move and can't talk back. But I had this idea and had to try it because I had never done it before. I took two different images with my Crown Graphic, then sandwiched the negatives together for this image. On fiber based paper and sepia toned. Took some dodging and burning.

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Well done!