Dad and Declan

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    My father is in town, and staying at our house for Christmas. I wanted to use the opportunity to capture a large format portrait, so I setup the Bender this morning and shot my last 7 Polaroids with my dad and the kids.

    This photo is my last Polaroid, I opened my final box of Type 51 last March, and am quite surprised at how long it took me to finish it.

    I'll post a couple other images from the session once I have time to scan them.

    Strobist info: QQ250 flash to camera right shooting full power through an umbrella. The umbrella is less than two feet from the subjects. There is a white reflector to camera left for fill. Background is black fleece. The flash was triggered using a cactus trigger.

    Nikkor 300mm, 1/60s at f27.

    Shot on Polaroid Type 51, and scanned from the negative.

    The negative was a little thin, I should have opened the shutter up one stop.

    rahuldlucca, Henri-Antoine, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Girl Becomes Woman [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

      What speed is type 51? I know Type 52 is 400ASA, Type 54 is 100ASA, and Type 55 is 50ASA. Please add to: Film Test Archive Thanks!

    2. GregRob 88 months ago | reply

      The negative in Type 51 is around ISO 80. The positive is much much higher (I think 640), but I have never exposed for the positive with Type 51.

      While not mathematically correct, my exposure technique is to use my DSLR set to ISO 100, with a lens of equivalent focal length. Then when shooting with the view camera either turn the flash up an additional 1/2 stop or open the lens an additional 1/2 stop. I usually shoot a frame of Fuji FP-100c4x5 as a final composition and lighting check (keeping in mind it is also faster than the Type 51).

      In this shot, I knew from the Fuji test shot that the negative was going to be under-exposed, but I was afraid to open up the lens too much as I needed a lot of depth of field with the two subjects being at separate distances.

    3. GregRob 88 months ago | reply

      Some background on this photo session can be found here in the Bender Large Format camera group.

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