i've had my 4x5 toyo view g for about 3 weeks now. i bought some polaroid 54 and 59 stock. i've made about 10 exposures with the 54 stock, and the results were fine. earlier this week i made two exposures with the 59. the first exposure was fine, but i felt a little dark. so i made the second with a slower shutter. the polaroid came out black. i felt that maybe i missed a step in my technique and didn't expose it, but it looked a little fogged on the side.
today, i made a 59 exposure and again it was black. i'd thought to try an exposure on the 54 to see if mabe there was a problem with the stock, and the 54 came out black. i'm lost. i double check my steps and made sure the shutter was closed prior to making an exposure. i made sure the polaroid was facing the right way in the 545 holder. i've checked my bellows for leaks, and it is in good shape. i don't know what else it could be other than the stock. i'll check my rollers in the holder, but nothing has changed with the camera system from the original exposures other than my adding a hood to the exterior of the ground glass frame. has anyone had problems with bad polaroid stock?
exposure was 1/250 at f8 for the 54 and 59. scene is a day exterior around noon.
which leads to my second question. i've added a "hoodman" h600 hood to help shade my ground glass. today, after about 10 minutes outside my ground glass started fogging up until i could no longer see an image. mind you, i was a foot away from the hood (my reason for getting the hood) when this happened so it wasn't like the heat from my perspiration was fogging the screen. i moved the camera indoors and the fogging cleared after a minute out of the sun. do you think my hood is causing my screen to fog or is it possible there is cleaning residue on the screen that fogs when heated. or should i just not be out in the noon time sun with a view camera?