Gaoersi 617 (behind the scenes video)

Happy New Year !! 
As the title suggests, during the weekend I did some shooting with the Gaoersi 617 panoramic camera. A good friend of mine, Jimmy Pats, made a short “documentary” while I was making some images.  
I thought it would be a good idea to show how a 6×17 camera is operated, since it’s a whole procedure to make a single shot. I had not used the Gaoersi for months so it took a while to get me started and Jimmy had to cut lots of scenes where I was struggling to perform each step correctly. But after the first shot everything was familiar. I even managed to use the shift function of this camera in a demanding shot. Having a shift function is always welcome when you need a perfect image. 
It was freezing cold and it took us about two hours to shoot all four frames of the Kodak Ektar 100 while at the same time documenting the process on video. A very good experience which I am planning to repeat at the future. 
During the final minutes of the video you can also see me making some shots with the Mamiya 645 Pro TL camera. After using the Gaoersi, the Mamiya felt like shooting with a point an shoot camera !! 
You can take a look at the videos of Jimmy Pats by visiting his page at Vimeo 

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4 Responses to Gaoersi 617 (behind the scenes video)

  1. Terence says:

    Wow!!! I take my hat off to you sir, for having the patience for such a camera. Well done I hope we can see some of the images soon.

  2. Frank says:

    That Gaoersi camera is a lovely instrument! Is your tripod sturdy enough? I think the smallest vibration can deteriate the final image, maybe a bit of wind is enough to vibrate the machine ..
    I turned off the music of the vid, I found it to be very annoying.
    Many thanks for showing how you make your art.

    • kbesios says:

      Thank you Frank for your comment. The tripod I use is good for such a camera, what I am thinking of changing some say is the tripod head, which has been worn by years of use and lately does a feel a little loose.

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