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    The Setup and the Shot

    The Setup and the Shot

    I try to make reference snapshots of the general scene when I’m shooting large format. If someone makes snapshots of me actually shooting, I like to see those, too.

    Why? For two reasons. They serve as a valuable reserve of information that I can reference later, like the films that sports teams watch to analyze errors and strategy. Secondly, when paired with the final large format image, I find it fascinating to see how a prosaic scene can be filtered and transformed by this medium into something new.

    If you have diptychs you can share of a setup (with or without you making the photograph) and the final image, please share them here. I, for one, would love to see.

    If there is already a thread like this, maybe someone could point me to it.

    Cameron Cornell
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    Last edited by Cameron Cornell; 17-Sep-2019 at 05:45.

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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Here are some examples from my own work of what I mean. Most of the final images, I’ve posted on one thread or another, so sorry for the repeats. The pairing with the setup is what I want to demonstrate.

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    Cameron Cornell
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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

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    Now let’s see yours!

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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Obviously, this isn’t limited to portraiture. That just happens to be what I shoot.

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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Here are a couple more.

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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Cameron, wonderful work. Thanks for posting, hope to see more of your work and others.
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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    No one else seems interested in sharing snapshots of their setups!

    Thatís OK. Iím going to keep it up for a little while and see if it will catch on. I really would prefer to see your setups and shots here rather than mine.

    Hereís a setup from May 22 in my garage. We have dinner once a month with two other families in the neighborhood and it was our turn to host. I try to shoot the six kids in our three families each month when we do this. I pay the kids a $2 bill each to pause their playing and sit for a portrait. What follows the setup are two of the three portraits that I printed last Sunday out of eight sheets of film that I shot. These were taken with the 10Ē Vitax on the 8x10 Kodak Master View. I stopped down to f16 to get a deep depth of field since the kids move around so much, and then I pushed the TMAX to 800.

    By the way, the nutcracker was there to help me get focused before inviting the kids out!

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    No need to respond to my work. Show me yours!

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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Zion Canyon, April 2018, 5x7 platinum/palladium print
    Digital image by my sister -- my set-ups are not usually photographed...not as useful as for studio work.

    Ilford FP4+, f8 at 1/4 second, no filter recorded, but judging by the exposure I probably used a red filter on the 210mm/6.3 lens. Shadows read at 10, the clouds at 16 (Pentax Digital Spot). Exposed at 11, plus 3 stops for the filter. My notes are incomplete for this set-up because after I exposed two sheets of film, I let a dozen or more people look through at the GG underneath the darkcloth and got distracted.

    Film developed in Ilford PQ Universal Developer 1:9 (paper strength). The print is a 2:1 mix of palladium to platinum with no contrast agent, coated on COT320. Developed in warm (100F) potassium oxalate.

    Edited to add: I was hiking with the camera on the tripod (5x7 Eastman View No.2 on a Gitzo Reporter) in my Zion National Park volunteer uniform. The wood and brass attracted a lot attention, it is a beautiful camera...almost steampunk with the brass gearing and knobs. Quite a few times I had lines of people, all different languages, ages, waiting for their first look at the GG of a view camera...a couple hundred or so over the month I was there.

    With the camera on the tripod and the film holders and meter are in a shoulder bag, the camera can be set up quickly and if needed, nothing but tripod touches the ground. In wet areas or chance of branches poking the bellows, a waterproof stuff sack goes over the camera.
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    Re: The Setup and the Shot

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Zion Canyon
    That’s what I’m talking about! Beautiful work, Vaughn.

    I believe that a collection of these could be really instructive to others. To that end, any technical details about the execution of the shot and/or the print would be welcome, too.

    Cameron

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