Week 1:Paper Negative Self Portrait of Travelwide 4×5

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Travelwide self portrait

This is one of my first images created with my Travelwide 4×5 camera, and the first time I’ve experimented with a paper negative. As an exercise I’m following a proposed subject list from Dogwood’s 52 week project. Week 1 was supposed to be a self portrait. I wanted to capture the camera as part of that portrait.

The paper’s ISO is about 3, so the shot took 14 seconds at f8. I purposely tried to blur my face by keeping it in constant motion. One of the consequences of scanning, rather than printing, a paper negative, is the mirroring of the image. This is negated in this instance due to the imaged being shot through a mirror.

Here is the full paper negative for comparison.

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25 thoughts on “Week 1:Paper Negative Self Portrait of Travelwide 4×5

  1. That came out very well – paper negatives are intriguing to me. Perhaps they would be a cheaper way of testing repairs to a 4×5 camera I want to get back into working order.

    That’s a nice anonymous self portrait too – great idea!

    FYI (and others new to to 52Rolls), if you go into edit mode for this post and select a featured image (a link on the right side of the edit screen) then the home page for 52Rolls will show an image, and ditto for the related tweet and FB post that announces the post when it goes out (those might include an image anyway, but not necessarily the one of your choosing unless you set a featured image). I think maybe you just forgot since your first post has a featured image, but I thought I would put this comment here in case others might need to know.

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          • It’s not a big deal, more of a “huh, I wonder why this isn’t just on by default” kind of thing. I like the theme, apart from that. But hey, if there’s a better one, why not give it a shot 🙂

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        • I think it is theme related. I seem to recall that the theme I use does that, which is why I always pick one since I sometimes don’t like the choice it made. Mind you, that was a couple of years ago and I may be remembering poorly, or WordPress may have (likely have) changed things up.

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            • For computer users it is going downhill pretty quickly. I still do all my editing through the WP Admin page as one can copy a previous post with all its formatting and tags and so on. Very handy when posting in a series. Can’t copy previous posts in the “new improved” editor – so many other things that have become less user friendly. It probably works better on mobile devices, but I don’t post that way.

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    • Paper is less forgiving, but it is quick to process and very cheap. If just priced Ilford 4×5 RC paper. It comes out to be about 15 cents a shot.

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  2. Cool, they actually started shipping those? I had read about the problems and basically gave up following them (heard about them after the kickstarter). Nice results, I’ve done some paper negatives in my 5×7 as it is much easier for me to develop paper than tray develop negatives.

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    • I belong to both. The problem with the Dogwood is that it has gotten too big. At last count they have 8000 participants. So it has gotten a bit chaotic.

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    • I got the Ilford 4×5 pinhole kit which came with four small boxes of Ilford Multigrade IV RC paper. I’m still narrowing down the exposure for this. My outside shots are crazy contrasty, but it appears so far that an ISO of 3 works for the interior shot here. I know that the paper isn’t going to be as sensitive to reds, oranges, and yellows, so that can throw off your exposure since a light meter won’t differentiate between different parts of the spectrum. I’m also going to play with pre flashing the paper to lower the contract a bit.

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  3. I got the Ilford 4×5 pinhole kit which came with four small boxes of Ilford Multigrade IV RC paper. I’m still narrowing down the exposure for this. My outside shots are crazy contrasty, but it appears so far that an ISO of 3 works for the interior shot here. I know that the paper isn’t going to be as sensitive to reds, oranges, and yellows, so that can throw off your exposure since a light meter won’t differentiate between different parts of the spectrum. I’m also going to play with pre flashing the paper to lower the contract a bit.

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