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    1813 battle

    Hi everyone,

    I haven't posted much yet. For the past years I have been doing very little work in LF. But lately I got the itch again to go out with the wooden beast - and do portraits, which I have never really done in LF. This weekend was a fitting opportunity: The reenactment of a battle leading up to the "battle of the nations" near Leipzig, Germany, in 1813, where Napoleon received one of his final blows. In this case, hundreds of volonteers reenacted the battle of Großgörschen (also called battle of Lützen), a victory for Napoleon. The reenactment took place on the original battlefield, a pasture where once 20,000 people died.

    I used my 4x5" Tachihara with a 4.5/165mm Meopta Correctar enlarging lens (Heliar type) behind a Packard shutter, loaded with 9x12cm blue sensitive graphic arts film rated at 3 ASA. Exposure time was between 1/4 and 2 seconds at f5.6. The color rendition of the film sure led to weird eye and skin colors...

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    Re: 1813 battle

    Part 2.

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    The LF camera was too slow for the real battle action. Here, just for illustration, are a few DSLR shots.

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    Hope this is OK.

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    Re: 1813 battle

    Your LF images are very nice, Michael. Which graphics arts film did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew O'Neill View Post
    Your LF images are very nice, Michael. Which graphics arts film did you use?
    Thanks. I used old East German ORWO FN52. The country is gone, but the film is still there... It is an extra hard working blue sensitive emulsion on a very thin base (.1 mm). It was used for halftones and graphics, regular exposure and development produce a gamma of 5. I overexposed and underdeveloped it (in ancient ORWO A03) a lot.

    Michael

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    Wonderful. Thanks for posting them.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Great shots!
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Marvelous, but do they really allow gunners to smoke cigarettes.
    Bill
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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    Re: 1813 battle

    Very nice Michael

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