Crown Graphic that is!! I’ve been wanting a large format camera for a while, mostly to do wet plate collodion (WPC) photography with in the future. Then one day out of the blue someone sent me an email stating I should get into 4×5 film. After a few email exchanges I found a WPC workshop here in Michigan. I think I was on cloud 9 for a few days with that find as most other workshops require travel to the East/West coast.
The email sparked my interest in getting my own 4×5 camera….research started. Then when I was in NYC at the beginning of October a friend had brought on a photo walk his 4×5 camera. I followed him around like a puppy dog waiting for him to pull the camera out of his bag. 😉 When he finally did, seeing the image it produced was the deal sealer. With his help, I was able to find on ebay parts to put together the above Graflex Crown Graphic. My wonderful friend, Rom, was kind enough to let me borrow his Polaroid 405 instant back to test the camera with Fuji 100c film instead of wasting 4×5 film and he also sent me a box of polaroid type 51 film *GASP*. Large format is a slow process to make a picture but the end results are wonderful when done correctly. I’m so looking forward to playing with this camera more in the near future. Until then…below are some expired Polaroid 669 film I shot in Detroit this past weekend:
Below is a quick snapshot of H. on Polaroid 51 film. Love the eeriness of the image, perfect for Halloween.
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