One hot mess: first attemps at 4x5 IR film / by Jana Uyeda

Wow, where do I even begin? I got up Sunday morning planning to visit the cherry blossom trees on the University of Washington campus and decided to shoot my Rollei IR 4x5 film. About a month ago the talented photographer and camera maker James Guerin kindly forwarded me some exposure tables, so I was armed with knowledge and waiting for a sunny day to experiment. James inspired me with his dramatic tree images so be sure to check out his work.

Without going into all the details, let me list all the new things I learned yesterday:

- Glue guns are not the best adhesive for securing a filter ring to a camera - The glue, however, comes off cleanly and in one piece. Usable. - Rollei IR film is incredibly thin, maybe paper thin. (Vine) - It's important to wait until full sunlight before exposing IR film. - Always remember your exposed/unexposed system to prevent double exposures. - Something is creating unwanted light paintings in the lower left corner. - 65mm on 4x5 is equivalent to 21mm on 35mm film. (lens2shutter) - The IR filter mounted on a filter ring will block some light, creating dark corners. - Loading the scarily thin film on the MOD54 is challenging. - Barely agitate the tank while developing because the sheets will move and overlap. Yikes! - Stand developing is A Very Good Thing.

I'll leave it at that. The following images are from my first round of IR sheet film and illustrate the points I made above. I stand developed the sheets per Martin's recipe: Rodinal 1:100 for 1 hour.

What were you up to this weekend? Mahalo for visiting and cheers to a productive March!

UW Quad - double

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