Mother's day was coming up and my daughter Ella has been working on a farm at University of California Davis. Ella has been bringing home some wonderful bouquets - and once again she brought home a gorgeous arrangement for her mom.
|Bouquet of flowers as seen through the cell phone camera
|Closeup of the 3d printed reel from 20th Century Camera
|The camera setup for the shot in our dining room
The exposure was 8 seconds wide open (f6.3) on Ilford FP4 Plus (outdated by a couple decades. The B and T settings weren't working on my Ilex Universal shutter, so I turned on the focus button that opens up the shutter after covering the lens with the darkslide and waiting a few seconds to avoid camera shake. Camera shake is a real issue with this kind of a setup, a long exposure with a wooden camera pointing down! I also had to factor in bellows extension to the exposure, since with 8x10 the image was almost life size on the ground glass.
|The 12" (about 305mm) Kodak Commercial Ektar
So the resulting negative was a bit dense, but looked good. Here's a quick and dirty inversion from my mobile phone: