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River Wear Underpass, Sunderland - 5x4 | by martintype
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River Wear Underpass, Sunderland - 5x4

Strange arches/underpass/shelter below the Wear Bridge, no idea what they are or why they are there - anyone care to enlighten me? Understudy?


I've gone large, and not as a result of enthusiastic food consumption at Christmas - that's another story for another day. I'm talking 5x4 (or 4x5 for our friends from the US).


Was lucky enough to get a Graflex press camera (circa 1940s) for Chrimbo after wanting to move into large format for a long time. It's a totally different experience using one, especially at night, but it's pretty straightforward and I'm loving every minute of using it! Just waiting on a brighter ground glass which will help with the focusing and composition at night but all is good.


Maybe not obvious on the lo-res jpeg versions I posted but the quality is far better than 120 and *ahem* digital, there's so much depth and sharpness due to the massive negative! 10x8 next I reckon... :-P


HP5 400 pushed to 800, 3 mins @ f16/22, mild duotone added.


But then a strange fear gripped me...

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Uploaded on January 11, 2009