Finally got a long release cable and bulb for the Crown Graphic. That explains my left hand in the photo. Now for some large format selfies!

#crowngraphic #filmphotography #4x5film

Also gone: This rice cooker. Superseded by the Instant Pot. I think I may have started a project…Project Gone. 🙂

Rice Cooker. (Crown Graphic, Atomic-X, FF Monobath, f/22 for 3 seconds)

Bought this fancy juicer the day after watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”. Haven’t used it in years. It’s gotta go.

Juicer. (Crown Graphic, Atomic-X, FF Monobath)

Another large format image of something I’m getting rid of.

Pasta maker. (Crown Graphic, Expired Atomic-X, FF Monobath. f/22 for 2 seconds)

Some Recent Large Format Photos

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my 4×5 cameras lately. Most of the images have been made using a Crown Graphic set on a tripod in my basement “studio”. I quoted “studio” because it’s really just a bedsheet hung as a backdrop and a couple of floor lamps for lighting. Not an ideal setup by any stretch but it works for now. I don’t have a way to trigger flashes with the Crown Graphic so I’m using poor-man’s continuous lighting.


My “studio”


New55 1Shot Film

Jess and Katie. Crown Graphic. New55 1Shot.

This is my first exposure using New55’s 1Shot 4×5 Negative film.

1Shot comes packaged as individual negatives in “Readyload” type sheets. They’re meant to be used with the Polaroid 545 film backs. The film is New55’s “Atomic-X” which they describe as:

This 100-speed panchromatic black and white 4×5 sheet film offers a classic tonal range from deep blacks through sublime mid-grays to soft and striking highlights.

Of course I had no idea how to use the things so I botched it. Here is the full negative.


I grabbed it by the metal tab and accidentally pulled the backing away. Whoops! I quickly slid it back in but the damage was done. Live and learn.

As a backer of the original New55 Kickstarter campaign, I’ve been rooting for them. I bought the 1Shot as part of their fundraiser so paid quite a premium. I couldn’t justify shooting regularly at that price.

While writing this I discovered that New55 is selling Atomic-X in boxesrather than as 1Shot holders. It is much more affordable so I bought a box. I’ve never shot 100-speed film so this will probably need to wait until the weather improves.

The above image was processed using New55’s Monobath developer as well. I had some troubles with it earlier but the new formulation seems to have worked them out.

Large format photography is slow, expensive, and can be frustrating, but I’m learning to enjoy it.