Visual Records Photography

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Everything Belongs Here

Link to a new online book on my website: Everything Belongs Here

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Everything Belongs Here: A Sketchbook of Wales is a compilation of 100 black and white film shots taken in Wales over the past ten years, including several large format shots.

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Totally pedestrian shot, but the only 4x5 I’ve done recently.  Aldis Plano Anastigmat 150/6.8 lens.  Shanghai 100 sheet film.

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Totally pedestrian shot, but the only 4x5 I’ve done recently.  Aldis Plano Anastigmat 150/6.8 lens.  Shanghai 100 sheet film.

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Standing in the rain for World Wide Pinhole Day.  4x5, for 60 seconds.

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Standing in the rain for World Wide Pinhole Day.  4x5, for 60 seconds.

Another view of the 4x5 Surveyor.

Another view of the 4x5 Surveyor.

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Surveyor 4x5, Aldis 150/6.3, Era in Rodinal.

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Surveyor 4x5, Aldis 150/6.3, Era in Rodinal.

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Surveyor 4x5, Aldis 150/6.3, Era in Rodinal.

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Surveyor 4x5, Aldis 150/6.3, Era in Rodinal.

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Surveyor 4x5, Aldis 150/6.3, Era in Rodinal.

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Surveyor 4x5, Aldis 150/6.3, Era in Rodinal.

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Surveyor 4x5, Aldis 150/6.3, Era in Rodinal.

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Surveyor 4x5, Aldis 150/6.3, Era in Rodinal.

Been a bit slow getting around to the lock nut for the rear standard, but brazed them on today together with a brace of brazed nuts for the next.

Been a bit slow getting around to the lock nut for the rear standard, but brazed them on today together with a brace of brazed nuts for the next.

Surveyor with 150/6.8,  Era in Rodinal.  Full movements here to get the focus just in the right place.  Could have done with a little extra luminance on her face, I think.

Surveyor with 150/6.8,  Era in Rodinal.  Full movements here to get the focus just in the right place.  Could have done with a little extra luminance on her face, I think.

This shot with the ambient daylight bulb.  3 minute exposure.

This shot with the ambient daylight bulb.  3 minute exposure.

I joined up with a local life drawing class to try the new 4x5 Surveyor in a studio setting.  Not my usual lighting, but it was possible to adapt with a couple of flash guns.
Surveyor with 150/6.8,  Era in Rodinal.

I joined up with a local life drawing class to try the new 4x5 Surveyor in a studio setting.  Not my usual lighting, but it was possible to adapt with a couple of flash guns.

Surveyor with 150/6.8,  Era in Rodinal.

It’s good to be able to change the lighting a little …

It’s good to be able to change the lighting a little …

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This is a good example of tilt-swing selective defocus with a view camera. The plane of the lens and the film plane are angled in opposite directions, along both the horizontal and vertical axes, to give just a small area of sharp focus - the rest gets blurred. However, anything else lying on the line of intersection, in this image part of the sky, will also be in focus. It’s quite different from using a simple Lensbaby.  When composing in this way what you see is what you get, so you can take full control to emphasise whatever is important. I need to use this for figurative work.

120122_era1_03 on Flickr.

This is a good example of tilt-swing selective defocus with a view camera. The plane of the lens and the film plane are angled in opposite directions, along both the horizontal and vertical axes, to give just a small area of sharp focus - the rest gets blurred. However, anything else lying on the line of intersection, in this image part of the sky, will also be in focus. It’s quite different from using a simple Lensbaby.

When composing in this way what you see is what you get, so you can take full control to emphasise whatever is important. I need to use this for figurative work.

Same set up as the previous but using swings fore and aft to shift the focal plane closer to the plane of the titles.  Not perfect focus throughout, but this is still with the lens wide open at 6.8 so it passes flying.
Aldis-Plano Anastigmat 150/6.8.  Era 100 4x5 with a yellow filter, in Rodinal.

Same set up as the previous but using swings fore and aft to shift the focal plane closer to the plane of the titles.  Not perfect focus throughout, but this is still with the lens wide open at 6.8 so it passes flying.

Aldis-Plano Anastigmat 150/6.8.  Era 100 4x5 with a yellow filter, in Rodinal.