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.
The new focus screen needs a quiet moment for testing, stable and wind-free, and it’s blowing a frigging gale outside. This shot is fully square on the subject with the CDs at 45 degrees. Full extension and maximum close up with the lens wide open at 6.8. If you’ve ever listened to Joy Ride you’ll understand why it makes a good focus point. ;)
Aldis-Plano Anastigmat 150/6.8. Era 100 4x5 with a yellow filter, in Rodinal.
IMGP4834a on Flickr.
I use glass bought in from a supplier in the US. It’s good, very good, but it’s not a Beattie or Maxwell. (They cost a bit more.) But it’s excellent for the price and with a pop-on fresnel the focusing zips sharply into place. Naturally it needs a screen protector for travel.