Back to large format

After a month shooting almost exclusively with the Nikon D800E, its time for some film shots. Three images taken with the Sinar Norma 4×5 view camera and the Schneider Symmar-S 210mm f/5.6 lens. The film is Kodak TMAX 100, my favorite for landscape shots with this camera.


I used a LEE ND GRAD 0.6 filter and a RED 23A filter for this shot. The red filter increases contrast and the ND GRAD allowed me to capture the huge cloud with the right exposure. Black and white film has a great dynamic range, and the addition of ND Grad filters makes it possible to record a wide variety of tones. The red filter rendered the sea with a darker tone and created a more dramatic look.


The same filters were also used for this shot. A dramatic looks and proper exposure throughout the scenery. For both images I used f/22 aperture which is optimum for large format.


This could be a favorite image, but unfortunately I got a huge light leak on the left side of the frame which was impossible to correct at post process, so I had to crop. I don’t know what cause it, my bellows are fine, so maybe I did something wrong with the dark slide. This is one of the things I really hate when happening, especially with a 4×5 shot which requires time and costs money. Anyway, this is something it happens with film sometimes.

I am loading a few more holders with TMAX 100 for next week, I am expecting some good clouds (at least that’s what the weather forecast predicts) during the next days, so there are more 4×5 images coming at the end of the week.

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2 Responses to Back to large format

  1. Ken says:

    I think the first photo is superb – great tonality in the cloud that really makes the photo. I like the third photo as well, but imho the bottom should be cropped off. If you cut off the bottom cm of the image and eliminate the curb, the rest becomes much stronger.

    • kbesios says:

      Thank you Ken for your suggestion, I was actually going to print these images tomorrow. I will sure try the crop you proposed and see how it look s.

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