I brushed off the old Speed Graphic camera and exposed some 4×5 b&w film

IMG_8054I bought this Speed Graphic camera at least 35 years ago and seldom used it so I bought some Arista EDU 4×5 100 ISO film and took a few pictures in the Omaha area.

Speed grapic with owner

Speed grapic with owner

You might as well see the photographer. Having been a professional for 30 plus years its nice to pick up a camera and do what ever you want and not be concerned whether it will turn you a dollar or not. The speed graphic is relatively quick to use compared to a view camera. I usually use the rangefinder and camera viewfinder and handhold my shots rather than drag out a tripod. 4×5 film holders take up a fair amount of room so I usually only take a few with and stay close enough to my car if I need more.

Omaha Skyline

Omaha Skyline

This image was taken with Arista EDU 4×5 100 ISO film. Freestyle Photography out of California sells this sheet film and it is reasonably priced compared to Kodak or Ilford films. I process this film in Ilfosol 3 developer at 68 degrees for 6.5 minutes using film developing tubes and constant agitation. Dust is a constant problem when drying film especially in winter. I use a humidifier in the room that I dry the film. All chemicals are mixed with distilled water.

Bob Kerry Walking Bridge in Omaha

Bob Kerry Walking Bridge in Omaha

The 4×5 negatives are scanned with an Epson v700 scanner which can handle 4×5 negatives and transparencies. Software provided with the scanner is relatively easy to use allowing you to adjust curves, levels, and color. I usually scan at 4800 dpi and touch up the image file which will have some dust and scratches. The file size is close to 100 mb. I scale the image down to send to local printers. The Omaha walking bridge is a popular spot near downtown Omaha and is very popular with photographers.

Joselyn Art Museum

Joselyn Art Museum

Omaha is not over run with interesting architecture but I’ve always admired the Joselyn Art Museum. This is a popular spot for wedding photography shots. I believe it is necessary to get permission from the museum to us it as a background prop in your wedding shots,

Holy Shrine on Interstate 80 west of Omaha

Holy Shrine on Interstate 80 west of Omaha

The first time I saw this shrine from interstate 80 I thought it was an oversized corn crib. In order to get close to the shrine you have to take the exit going to Gretna, south of the interstate about a mile and there will be a sign indicating the shrine is west on gravel. This picture was taken form that location.

Joslyn Museum Omaha

Joslyn Museum Omaha

 

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