1. New test from the old Petzval lens I have. Think I want to try a bag bellows on an 8x10 with these almost circle of illumination 8x10 lenses. I love part of the frame rounded. Ilford HP5+, NIK Silver Effects Pro.

     
  2. Emme. This old Petzval lens has a very peculiar area of focus. It took a few tests even before I knew what to test. The depth of field is shaped not like a square block as in a Macro lens, nor is it a convex space like a regular prime lens, it’s more like a red blood cell in shape. (Lens looking into the deepest part of the bowl shape of a cell) Focus on any edge and the middle is out. Focus on the middle, like the above, and everything outside of the focus spot is out. Nice to have a 4x5 so you can avoid center punching the focus spot. Now I understand why early large format photos were matted with a curved top. They were avoiding the fall off of the top of the circle of illumination because they were trying to shift the sharp to the top third of the image.

     
  3. Looking for birds in the tall grass. Deardorff, 90mm Super Angulon. Kodak TRI-X. NIK Silver Effects Pro.

     
  4. Wee Man. Jason Acuna. Great guy, way fun actor. This is a production still from a small Christmas movie called, “Elf-Man”. Nikkromat, 50mm. Kodak TRI-X. NIK Silver Effects Pro.

     
  5. Summer is done, put a fork in it. Back to school everyone. 92 degrees, perfect food and a pool. What more could someone want? Canon 6D, LensBaby, 35mm. NIK Silver Effects Pro. 

     
  6. The pups in some summer sun. Nothing like a nap under a big oak. Maryland. Hasselbald, 60mm, Kodak Portra 400. 

     
  7. ESPN Marine Super Squad Challenge, Fort Hunter Liggett, California. Nikon F100, 17 to 35mm. Fujichrome 100. NIK Silver Effects Pro.

     
  8. Pups looking for fish. Maryland. Pentax 645, 45mm. Kodak Ektacrhrome 100, Cross Processed.

     
  9. E and her friend, two winters ago. Yes the snow is coming now that the summer is officially done. Pentax 645, 150mm. Kodak Ektacrhrome 100, Cross Processed.

     
  10. Location scout. Washington DC. Hopefully the iPhone app proves correct for same light one week later. We shall see. Shooting this with a Deardorff, 90mm Super Angulon and some Kodak TRI-X.