Showcase Harman Direct Positive

Discussion in 'Black and White Film Showcase' started by MAubrey, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. MAubrey

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    May 19, 2015
    Mike Aubrey
    Two self-portraits shot on Harman Direct Positive and developed in Caffenol:

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    Self-Portrait
    by Mike Aubrey, on Flickr

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    Self-Portrait
    by Mike Aubrey, on Flickr

    Slightly underexposed, but getting enough light from speedlights is hard. Portraiture with this film really needs a couple powerful monolights.
     
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  2. MAubrey

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    Mike Aubrey
    Also: scanning a 4x5 gives you a 1GB tiff at 6400DPI. Absurd resolution and amazing quality from the film.
     
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  3. ztryfe

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    Victor
    1GB woah, can hear the CPU crunching that away, while keeping the room temperature cozy!
     
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  4. MAubrey

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  5. RichardB

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    So I guess the direct positive is reversed left-to-right?
     
  6. MAubrey

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    Mike Aubrey
    Yep. And technically upside down, too, but that's easier to hide on the print. The image is exactly what you would see through the ground glass.
     
  7. MAubrey

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    Mike Aubrey
    Not the right lens for the job, but I'm still satisfied with the imperfect results:

    The Schneider Xenotar 135mm f/3.5 is a 4x5 lens that technically covers 5x7, but you can see where in the corners the quality of the image circle degrades dramatically. What I need is a wide lens that's actually designed for the format...budget problems.

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    Whatcom Falls
    by Mike Aubrey, on Flickr
     
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  8. MAubrey

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    Mike Aubrey
    I've started a project of taking portraits of people at my work with my Pacemaker Speed Graphic:

    Xenotar 135mm f/3.5
    Graflex Speed Graphic Harman Direct Positive 003.

    Symmar 210mm f/5.6
    Graflex Speed Graphic Harman Direct Positive 004.
     
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  9. RichardB

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    The paper's red-insensitivity makes portraits distinctively gritty.

    It looks like you're using window light. How long are the exposures?
     
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  10. MAubrey

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    Mike Aubrey
    Actually, it's one White Lightning X3200 at full power in a foldable beauty dish (like these). So the exposure was instant. I left the shutter speed at 1/2" though, but that's still to dark to show. I have two X3200's, but the second one's optical sync has been misbehaving, so it was lit with just the one. Now I'm waiting for a second sync cable to arrive in the mail.
    Yeah. And if I had both strobes going, I probably would have gone with a yellow filter to help improve this. I think I'd have enough light for that.

    Still, the 'look' has been well-received.
     
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