This was my first photograph with the large format, 4×5 film camera. It was taken using a Linhof Technikardan 45s Film Camera with a Schneider Symmar-S 210mm f/5.6 lens on Portra 400 film. Here is the final image I took at Shem Creek.
I used the 4×5 camera for a couple of different reasons. First, using this camera makes me slow down and really think about the composition, light, and camera settings. It improves my overall photography skills and makes me a better photographer all around. Since the medium is film, I am unable to see the final image instantaneously like a digital camera. Therefore, I have to know exactly what the results will be before I even take the image. This forces me to not rely on technology, but rather my own knowledge and skill set. Secondly, using 4×5 film produces extremely high resolution images. This means that the image can be enlarged to produce wall sized prints or canvases. Below is a 100% crop of the kayaks from the right side of the original image.
I’m going to be exploring more 4×5 film in the future. I acknowledge that this format cannot be used in every situation. It takes a lot of time to set up for one shot. This photograph took approximately 30-45 minutes to set up before actually taking the photo. Even though the process is lengthy, when possible, I would love to continue using this format.
Here are some behind the scenes photos of the 4×5 camera at Shem Creek. Due to the nature of optics and lenses, when you look through the ground glass (aka the viewfinder with the grid) of the 4×5 camera the image appears upside down. Yes, you must compose the shot in this upside down state. It’s very interesting when making camera movements in this state because the movement is opposite of what you see. The far right image below is a large canvas print of this sunset image of Shem Creek. The results are astonishing. If you like this image, you can order a copy of it. Click on the link below!
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Photograph by Philip – The Battery, Charleston, South Carolina, 2014.
[gdlr_title align=”center” style=”divider” title=”His brightness was like the light;
rays flashed from his hand;
and there he veiled his power.” ]Habakkuk 3:4 (ESV)[/gdlr_title]
Photograph by Philip – Folly Beach, South Carolina, 2014.
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Because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
” ]Luke 1:78–79 (ESV)[/gdlr_title]
Photograph by Philip – Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, 2009.
[gdlr_title align=”center” style=”divider” title=”The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” ]Psalm 19:1 (ESV)[/gdlr_title]
Photograph by Philip – Wasilla, Alaska, 2006.