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    Underwater 4x5 Photography Kickstarter

    My friend Kaleb is finishing his MFA in Photography at UF, and for his thesis he built an underwater housing for a Crown Graphic. Yes he is crazy! Very cool project, and he is now doing a small Kickstarter to help fund paper and framing supplies, with the incentives being prints of course.

    I have seen his results and they are very nice, and getting better as he refines his technique.

    Anyway, if you want to help an innovative artist and get a nice silver gelatin print, check it out:

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    That is awesome. I'm supporting it.

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    Re: Underwater 4x5 Photography Kickstarter

    Really not the tool for the job... Somebody would want to use the shortest FL to minimize visibility, movement, & focus issues, have a faster lens with better DOF, not be limited to one shot per dive, film would probably pop in the humid housing, would require a weighted tripod to hold camera still during long exposures, currents would be like strong winds creating camera movements, a lot of gear to swim down to chosen shooting site, and why house a Graflex when one could just build a water/light proof box camera!?!!!

    Just because one could, doesn't mean one SHOULD!!!

    Best of luck...

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    Re: Underwater 4x5 Photography Kickstarter

    LabRat Ouch! I dive and dirty-up sheet film. If there is a way to combine the two....I'd be in!! Tank diving is hard enough as it is... add large format photography UW and you just hit a new high..........

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    Re: Underwater 4x5 Photography Kickstarter

    Right tool for the job? I think we all need to sell our LF cameras if we abide by that philosophy. Give him some credit for doing something new (never before done?). Some people do, others just talk...
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    I'm reminded of https://petapixel.com/2016/09/02/wor...it-taken-1899/

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    Re: Underwater 4x5 Photography Kickstarter

    Not new... I remember reading that advertising shoots U/W during the 50's/60's sometimes were 4X5 (and I'm sure the Navy did plenty)... And some earlier Geographic shoots were done with a cast iron housing with a 3 color camera inside... But in general, visibility is generally reduced everywhere from, say the 50's/60's when there was less of mankind's effect on the underwater environment...

    But a short, wide FL to minimize the distance between camera + subject reduces the turbidity effect and makes focus much less critical... And it's easier to swim around with a smaller camera and find the best scenes... (Many/most U/W shooting locations are like shooting through varying levels of fog, so closer is better...)

    But hey, go for it... Shoot nice stuff!!! I wish him well!! ;-)

    Steve K

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    Re: Underwater 4x5 Photography Kickstarter

    sounds like the shooting was successful and the photographer is raising funds to cover printing.
    neato!
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    Re: Underwater 4x5 Photography Kickstarter

    Lachlan.

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    Re: Underwater 4x5 Photography Kickstarter

    Quote Originally Posted by stawastawa View Post
    sounds like the shooting was successful and the photographer is raising funds to cover printing.
    neato!
    That is correct! Those thinking it is crazy or apparently linking to old threads, I suggest you actually LOOK at the KS. It's been made, he did it.

    Anyway, I guess I was a bit hasty saying it was "never done before" but more specifically, when is the last time it was done seriously outside of perhaps gov't projects? There's something to be said for that IMO.
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