Conservatory of Flowers GGP 1

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, with the adjacent flower beds, as seen from just off John F. Kennedy Drive (aka: Main Drive). Taken by a Zeiss-Ikon Nettar 515/2 (a 6x9cm folder) with a Carl Zeiss, Jena 10.5cm ƒ 4.5 Tessar on Kodak Portra 400 film. Cropped to image, otherwise SOOC (commercial scan: scan included some non-image...)


If you look closely, you'll see a T. rex head sticking out of the Conservatory, who were holding a "Flowers of the Jurrasic" exhibition. (more on that coming!) if you still can't see the head, look at the left dome, preferably in "original size"... see here:

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  • Lance King 3y

    I'm impressed with the sharpness and colors here!
  • Paul Sullivan 3y

    Lance King not bad for a camera over retirement age, no? Color courtesy of Kodak®, NTM the City of San Francisco Park & Recreation Department.
  • Lance King 3y

    Paul Sullivan Absolutely. I have the same camera, but haven't coaxed this kind of beauty out of it. It may be time to try loading it with some Portra!
  • Paul Sullivan 3y

    Lance King Which lens does your Nettar camera have? - mine has (as noted in caption...) the 10.5cm ƒ 4.5 Tessar. The Novars also do well, (at least the one on my Ikonta 6x6 does well...) but the Nettar camera came with other, not as good, choices (Nettar lenses, etc.) as well..

    Be aware that scratches on the front element are very bad for both contrast and sharpness, - and are unfixable! Dirt also affects contrast and sharpness, but is removable. (with care not to leave scratches!) Another thing to check your camera for is light leaks in the bellows, if you're just having contrast issues...

    Exposure also comes into play on the contrast - have a shutter-savvy camera store person check your shutter speeds for accuracy, as Nettars have shutters (anything from a Compur-Rapid down to a Klio...) prone to over-exposing the film by being slower than the set speed. (I leave my Nettar on 1/100th sec, as that's the only fairly accurate speed on the shutter [a Compur...] - at least until I can afford a CLA on the shutter! [Clean Lubricate and Adjust])

    On the exposure front, bring along an exposure meter or a second camera with a working exposure meter for setting your exposure, as color film in particular doesn't have the exposure latitude that black-and-white does - B/W can tolerate 2 stops under/over exposure, while color negative does well if it tolerates 1.5 stops - slide film typically has only ½ a stop latitude...

    Oh yeah, and 40+ years experience behind the shutter button doesn't hurt, either!... ;-)
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Taken on July 3, 2012
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