Of course such days are good to spend in the darkroom but sometimes you just want to take some snaps, so the other day I dusted down the Sinar 4x5 (aka Big Boy) and took a couple of indoor shots. Something I should do more of, I tell myself every time I use the Sinar, since it really is a lot of fun when you're in the mood for it.
I've no shortage of stuff to take photographs of, since my wife is an avid charity shop browser and buyer of
This almost came out as a contact print - in hindsight, I should have contact printed it since I was using 5"x7" paper, so not much larger than the negative itself. The few times I have contact printed though I find the 4"x5" just a tad too small in the hand - even though it's very close to postcard size (6"x4" or thereabouts).
I'm quite aware of the implications of that last statement, by the way. Dangerous territory, that - 8"x10" sheet film is not cheap but then again, decent sized contact prints and all those lovely alternative processes. And life is short...hmm.
Anyway, back to reality this particular shot was taken as close as I could with the only lens I have for the Sinar - a 210mm Schneider Symmar-S f/5.6 - so the bellows were almost fully extended. Wide open there ain't much in focus, as you can see in the print. Actually I think this might have been f/8, but still a very shallow depth-of-field and maybe I should have stopped down a bit more to at least get all of the hanging chains in focus. I used a little front movement in order to set the plane of focus to coincide with the candle-holders...12 degrees of swing was enough according to the Sinar's scales and it seemed to work out OK, although I'm no expert - obviously.