Mark-a-roid

Here’s my pal and less enthusiastically, my boss, Mark Lambird, hard at work at the office. He’s the one from this picture here. Still on my 4X5 kick, I shot this one with a lens. 100 Speed PolaPan again. Expired as well, again. I’m gonna have to just blow out the film holders and bite the bullet. As with my pinhole pictures, computer corrections for tone, contrast and to a lesser extent, color, are fairly extensive. There was a band of low contrast through the middle that I corrected as well as I could. Gotta attribute that one to film that expired five years ago and has been stored, among other places in garages and car trunks, over warm summers. When you look at it that way, it could been a lot worse, eh?

Tappa-tappa-tappa.

Anywhoo, I didn’t feel like going to the car for the meter. I used my standard “Institutional Lighting” exposure of 1/60s, f2.8, ISO 400. Lengthened that for restrictions in the lens and film stock to 1/4s, f5.6, ISO 100. Thing is, rating that Polaroid at 100 always seemed a touch overly rosy. And thinking that our office’s lighting is anywhere near the “Institutional Lighting” exposure is “There’s no ecological catastrophe hitting the Gulf Coast” rosy.

More shots though a pinhole

Well, here’s my second set of pinhole images. These were shot using my Calumet 4X5. I unscrewed the lens from the lensboard and taped a piece of cinefoil over the opening. Then I punched a hole in the center of the foil with the tip of a pushpin. I’ve gotta say, I like the effect and the effective focal length a lot better than using the jerry-rigged body cap I used for the previous set. Anyways, here you go.

Pinhole 2

The CSX line, behind the Advocate-Press office, looking east.

Oh, for film on these, rather than load, unload and wait to develop sheet film, I broke in to my stash of expired 4X5 Polapan 100 Polaroid film. The most recent of these expired 5 years ago. I was also having issues with parts of the image peeling off with the emulsion. I think it works for what we have here.

The same view twice, looking east at the intersection of North Ave. and Main St. in Flora.

These two peeled the most.

Some pallets, the back door to the office and the Advocate-Press van.

Remember, none of these images were taken with a lens.

A look across the CSX tracks (looking south) behind my office.

Pallets and dumpsters, once again, behind my office.

Another view from in front of the Advocate-Press office. This one is looking west down North Ave.

Thanks for checking them out. I’m enjoying having something new to do photographically.