WECC member and film photography enthusiast Nick Bedford has finally decided to jump into large format with an Intrepid 5x4 Mark III view camera.Read more
This 1994 American short documentary film directed by Steven Cantor and Peter Spirer. It was premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
The documentary looks at some of the controversy surrounding Sally Mann's book Immediate Family, which contains non-sexual photographs of her pre-adolescent children in various states of dress. Some religious groups had accused her of making child pornography, and the film focuses on Mann's defense of her art.Filmmaker Cantor followed up this short with a full-length documentary about Mann in 2005: What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann.
Blood Ties was released in New York City and Los Angeles on March 4, 1994 as part of the program Oscar Shorts 1993. It was also shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival (April–May 1994), the Atlanta Film and Video Festival (June 1994), and the USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas (April 1994), at which it won a Special Jury Award.
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I had not used my Razzle (Polaroid 5x4 conversion) in some time and decided to take it with me this morning to meet up with fellow WECC members Nick, Rocky, Jeremy & Hannah. If you're not aware, conversions of various Polaroid Land cameras are a great way of making the process of shooting with 5x4 a pleasing and very simple thing. I had my Polaroid converted by the late Dean (Razzle) of Melbourne a few years ago. You can read all about that here.
I had two dark-slides with me which had been sitting in my Crumpler Mild Enthusiast* (old version) for God knows how long. So when I shot through both slides I had absolutely no idea if there was even film in them until I got back to WECC headquarters. Luckily 15 minutes later with my dark bag, Paterson Tank and Mod54 (video available here) and yes we have film and the negatives are ready, one at least.
Rocky grabbed the negative and placed a white peace of paper behind it and held it up to the sun. Using my D600 and Macro 85mm lens he did a quick DIY copy job of the negative which Nick took into Lightroom for some basic post processing.
The first thing I noticed was that I had missed focus. Large format cameras and low apertures are terrible. You really need to close down if you're attempting to hand hold or better yet, use a mono-pod or tripod. I was hand-holding as I feel that is the point of the Razzle Polaroid conversion. What I should have done was pushed the film a couple of stops (400) and closed the aperture down to say f/11 to ensure a better focus. Anyway I screwed up, but for this post it is fine.
Nick grabbed the SD card from the Nikon and opened up Lightroom on his MacBook. Above is the results, from left to right, the negative, basic inversion and adjustments and the final image with a little more contrast to live up the tonal range.
What can I say? Awesome. For all you pixel peeping people, stop what you're doing and shoot some large format film. Now, getting a really great scan is another story.
It is sad news to find that Dean Jones, the man behind the Razzle 4X5 cameras, plus many other panoramic and other hand made cameras passed away from cancer last year 11-12-2014. I only just found out this morning through a friend. I did not know Dean personally but have several conversations with him when purchasing My Polaroid connversion a couple of years ago.Read more
Photographer Alec Soth showcased his work in Minneapolis' Walker Art Center, including exhibits entitled "33 Movie Theaters and a Funeral Home" and "Broken Manual." Twin Cities Public Television profiled him, and it's part of our NewsHour Connect series highlighting public media reporting from around the nation.
Source (PBS NewsHour) via (Eric Kim Facebook)
Along with all the CAD bits I am doing to create this camera, I also find it incredibly useful (and fun) to just build cameras out of whatever I can, I have learnt that the actual process of building a camera is just as rewarding as taking pictures with it. I also think you feel a much greater connection with your camera if it has come from your own hands, this is important to me as large format photography is all about taking your time and slowing things down, it can be a real escape from fast paced life. Here are some of the ‘prototypes’ I have created; it is amazing how simple or complicated a camera can be and how doing things like this smashes any misconceptions about cameras being super technical bits of kit.