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The Large Format Photography Podcast

All things large format

We are joined this week by Ethan Moses of migraine inducing Cameradactyl camera fame.

Ethan comes to talk to us about his love for LF photography, options for new starters, some stuff Andrew didn’t understand and the super awesome handheld Cameradactyl OG (Old Goat, Orange Guice, Otter gizzard…heck we forgot to ask him). 

 

Links and references arising from the discussions:

Ethan’s favourite podcast isn’t any that Simon and Andrew host but the rather brilliant Homemade Camera Podcast (here is the episode he appeared in)

https://homemadecamera.podbean.com/e/e22-industrial-design/

 

Ethan was also a guest on a recent FPP show – listen here

https://filmphotographyproject.com/podcast/2019/05/film-photography-podcast-223/

 

This video will change your life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU1JpZC5ZLo&t=5s

 

Ethan likes to use paper negatives in LF cameras – the definitive guide can be found here

https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/1952208-paper-negative-photography

 

We discussed (well Ethan did) chemical reversal of tones on darkroom paper – Don Froula is your man – here is a link to his IG

https://www.instagram.com/donfroula/

 

If you want to make a version of the shutter speed tester discussed in the show, head on over to Emulsive by clicking on this link

https://emulsive.org/articles/how-to-build-a-simple-arduino-shutter-speed-tester-by-ethan-moses 

 

Ethan’s links

https://www.cameradactyl.com/

 

https://www.instagram.com/buttergrip/

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

We are joined on the show by another of Andrew’s mates (he doesn’t have many so don’t worry) the very lovely Mr Stephen Segasby. 

Steve was responsible in many ways for getting Andrew into Large Format Photography and even tried to explain the Scheimpflug Principle at their first LF meet up in North Norfolk, surprisingly they remained friends. 

Steve is a thoughtful and deliberate image maker who uses metaphor and print series to convey feelings and emotions through the use of cameras and other print medium. As a founding member of the “Inside the Outside” collective he is passionate about the English Landscape, its mysteries, weirdness and history.

Hope you enjoy the chat.

 

Links and references arising from the discussions;

 

Steve refrained from explaining the Sheimpflug principle but we all agreed there are some excellent YouTube resources to help us – like this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wFjPVX6lrQ

 

Mr S has a 12x20 ULF camera made by another bearded, hat wearing photographer Richard Ritter

http://www.lg4mat.net/

 

Kenro Izu is a LF photographer Steve mentions he uses a ULF Deardorff camera and makes platinum prints – check out is work and books here

http://kenroizu.com/index.html

 

Another shout out to a previous bearded guest Graham Vasey – Steve and Graham are going fly fishing together (honestly).

http://www.grahamvasey.com/

 

The work of influential landscape photographer Joe Cornish is mentioned.

http://www.joecornishgallery.co.uk/

 

Andrew’s hero John Blakemore

https://www.johnblakemore.co.uk/

 

and of course the Inside the Outside Collective where you can access loads of essays, series of work and hook up with all it’s members.

https://www.inside-the-outside.com/

 

Al Brydon (Inside the Outside) has a book out of solargraphs

https://www.jweditions.co.uk/images/solargraphs/

 

Stephen Segasby has a great website where you can view the series “A Process of Reclamation” that we discuss in the show, and much more

https://www.stephensegasby.com/index

 

On twitter

https://twitter.com/steveseg

 

Finally, there have been rumblings of discontentment regarding our theme music by Graeme Jago of the Sunny 16 Podcast. We shall run a pole in our Facebook group as to whether the music should be retained or retired. The poll will be closed when the correct result is reached.

Should you wish to send spam/abuse to Graeme, please send it to sunny16podcast@gmail.com

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

Andrew could hardly contain his effervescence when Mat Marrash of FPP fame agreed to come on the show, and Mat didn’t disappoint, once again we have a guest where we just need to get him back to talk more.

Mat is such a generous giver of his time and knowledge and if you want to reach out to him and ask him anything to do with what we discuss on the show, or any other film / darkroom questions then please contact him via any of the links below.

Enjoy the show – we did.

 

Links and references arising from the discussions;

 

We discussed Mat’s early 8x10 Barbershop project and this image of the bear shows some enthusiastic use of front swing – remember a little goes a long way folks……

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mat4226/6001253801/in/album-72157627724900216/

 

We returned to the subject of choosing a LF lens and Mat directed us to this online resource

https://www.largeformatphotography.info/lenses/

 

OK so we don’t want to encourage GAS for Simon but he really needs this cool spot meter – listen to Andrew and Mat discuss the Zone system for dumbos (that’s the only way Andrew understands it)

https://www.photrio.com/forum/attachments/image-jpeg.156657/

 

Tariq Tarey shoots awesome portraits and Mat gives us the link

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mat4226/40251171170/in/dateposted/

The wonderful FPP goes out every two weeks (sounds like a bird) and you can catch the show (what show) on all your favourite podcast catchers – here’s a Podbean link

https://filmphotographypodcast.podbean.com

 

Mat can be contacted and you can view some of his work at his website

http://matmarrash.com/

 

Mat responds to DMs via twitter

https://twitter.com/mat4226

 

Andrew likes Mat even more as he still uses Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mat4226

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

We are joined by the nicest, sunniest and loveliest Rachel Brewster-Wright.

Most will know Rachel as the nicest member of the Sunny16 Podcast and perhaps for her day job as owner of Little Vintage Photography.

You may not know that Rachel has been drawn to Large Format photography for a while and now is the proud owner of two, yes two Chroma 5x4 cameras.

We eventually steer Rachel around to talking a bit about Large Format but not before we cover loads of ground about her background, influences and real passion for all things analogue and educational.

The interview is cut short a bit with some live drama – you’ll have to listen to find out (Everything is fine by the way it sounded more dramatic than it was so don’t worry).

Links and references arising from the discussions;

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign the wonderful Chroma Camera (as held by Simon and me at the Photography Show)

http://chroma.camera/

Cyanotype Pioneer and friend Fox Talbot Anna Atkins (she’s dead now but you can find out all about here here)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Atkins

 

Rachel appeared at this year’s Photography Show in Birmingham (UK) with Historian Rose Teanby.

www.roseteanbyphotography.co.uk

Anna Atkins work can be viewed in this beautiful book

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sun-Gardens-Cyanotypes-Anna-Atkins/dp/3791357980/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=sun+garden+cyanotypes&qid=1555140254&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

Rachel can be found most weeks as one third of the Sunny 16 Podcast and often keeping Graeme in check on the Backing Paper Podcast – both accessible via their website

https://sunny16podcast.com/

Check out all that Rachel does:

https://www.instagram.com/littlevintagephotography/

 

On Twitter

https://twitter.com/VintagePhotoCo

 

And her website which I think is being updated

https://www.littlevintagephotography.co.uk/

 

LFPP links -

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

Our third episode in and we reach Zion !

Well our guest does…most years in fact.

The super wonderful YouTube extraordinaire Ben Horne joins us for a nice long fireside chat to tell us all about his trips to Death Valley, Zion National Park and The Colorado Plateau (did we speak about that last one …mmm)

So listen in as Ben shares tales of breaking cameras, rabbits pretending to me mountain lions, press ups, discarded nappies (diapers if you will), mylar balloons, reflected light, slide film and much, much more – we try to get him to explain the Scheimpflug principle but he dodges that particular bullet.

Another guest who we need to get back on.

 

You can find out all you need to know about Ben and his work via his website, this has all the links to the YouTube channel and his portfolio box sets. 

www.benhorne.com

Ben is active on Twitter  - https://twitter.com/BenHorne

Links and references arising from the discussions; 

Reciprocity timer app via Apple Store (not sure about Android sorry)

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/reciprocity-timer/id459691262?mt=8

Ben uses the Large 100mm gradual filters from Lee Filters, they also make some push on holders for lenses that don’t have threads 

http://www.leefilters.com/ 

You can catch Ben chatting to the Studio C41 folks

https://player.fm/series/studio-c-41-photography-podcast/large-format-talk-with-ben-horne

Landscape Photographer Charles Cramer remains inspirational to Ben

http://www.charlescramer.com/

LFPP links - 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Cover Art by Ben Horne - Grand Corridor

https://www.benhorne.com/#/canyon-light/

We are back with episode #2 so clearly we mean business!

 

Today we are joined by our good friend Graham Vasey, bearded Gentleman of the North, angler extraordinaire and who also knows a thing or two about using large format cameras.

 

Graham crafts wonderfully evocative images made largely within 20 miles of his home in the Durham area using a variety of older uncoated lenses mounted on a 5x4 and sometimes 10x8 camera.  His final images are made using liquid emulsion, salt prints (hey did you know Andrew did those), wet plate collodion and lith prints – you’ll be pleased to hear or not we didn’t get to talk about ANY of those things so that will have to wait till Darth Vasey returns.

 

Simon started off by asking Graham what a fine art photograph was cos that’s what it says on his website – come on Simon, don’t ask our guests such challenging questions without any advance warning!

 

The discussion for the next 90 mins or so covers the use of roll film backs on LF cameras, we touch briefly on Graham’s use of liquid emulsions, emails from Cass Fitzgerald who asks us about paper negatives and speed rating in particular and haze on lenses where Simon gets a shameless plug for the Classic Lenses Podcast.

 

We also dive into an email from Ben Reynolds who puts Simon straight on the difference between Micro-Press and Micro-Technical cameras. The use of Aero Ektar lenses, older uncoated lenses, advice on buying on line – be careful – maybe go to a good retailer and discuss (see links) – Ben asks us a question about bellows extension so that takes up a bit of time.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our time chatting with Graham and hope you enjoy listening.

 

We realise there is just so very much to cover and much more to discuss with Graham at a later date.

 

You can find Graham’s work in the following places;

 

https://grahamvasey.wordpress.com

 

www.grahamvasey.com

 

https://twitter.com/Gvaseyphoto

 

https://www.instagram.com/grayheadv

 

Graham has some of his prints on show and for sale at his local contemporary art gallery in Darlington called The Gallerina

 

https://www.gallerina.co.uk/graham-vasey#!

 

 

Links and references arising from the discussions;

 

West Yorkshire Cameras - https://wycameras.com/

 

Mr Cad - https://www.mrcad.co.uk

 

MIFSUDS - www.mifsuds.com

 

Ffordes Photographic - https://www.ffordes.com

 

Simon Chesterman - www.collectablecameras.com

 

Latent Image - www.tli-processing.com/store

 

Second Hand Darkroom - https://www.secondhanddarkroom.co.uk

 

Simon and Graham mentioned Camera Fairs as another good place to go:

 

Tadcaster Camera Fair, Wolverhampton Camera Fair were two but a Google Search will reveal more we are sure.

 

Graham gave a couple of shout outs:

 

Tony Richards, Wet Plate Photographer - www.fourtoes.co.uk

 

Christopher Pederson – sorry about the links but they do work

 

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fpeople%2F86466065%40N08%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0lMGdKyQwg7IJR4c1AdpCDnx2A5nDEZDLjQ9bwfHGDQVzdUnylwdGEW_A&h=AT20F-9DDq2tp6j33vTZU5mIlON5T95g7FoJbfJ2_J7_XOA23NmThobVMn-v1-JLUHNAF_HdN_8h5NIpvOgX-kz_EYon-o5Damr28glI09yxTm0uXIY2EtGkTi52dWPIVt_4tSyvgJas14Ro840K1A

 

 

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpolaboyd.wordpress.com%2F2016%2F09%2F09%2Fpoetry-in-l-minor%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0vaD3z-Jh1zZAQVhHQktpaAJR0pvpJSTRtLr2939PlQ7VRy6sKV7QF8gM&h=AT1gExFkySwuxDjMqlUoCX7vGXDsTPKH0s-7jlEPO6Bkl56esWYzlFcnd52AIxNU71l4g6LlgYggikeR24iIm4v-47THmQSO6KvftYzf-9ulrOnZ3FnTFZYJaWw8JeAEncuFq5kKrihCKQH8Fiy1tw

 

 

 

LFPP links -

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Title artwork by Graham Vasey

http://www.grahamvasey.com/albums/silver-emulsion/content/marsco-isle-of-skye/

 

Lensless and Classic Lenses come together for episode one of a much awaited (cough) new podcast all about – you’ve guessed it Large Format Photography. 

The premise is deceptively simple, Simon plays the role of eager puppy, keen to impress the leg of great Aunt Flo and Andrew plays the role of senile Uncle Bulgaria trying to answer questions and often failing miserably. 

In episode #1 Simon asks some general introduction questions around definitions of Large Format, how to use a LF camera, components (we didn’t finish that section as Simon diverted the conversation) of a view camera, types of – and an inadequate answer to question about lenses and coverage for different formats. 

We agreed to get knowledgeable guests on in Months to come who knew what they were talking about.

 

So let’s see how this goes.

 

https://largeformatphotographypodcast.podbean.com/

 

ko-fi.com/largeformatphotographypodcast

 

You can join in the fun at our Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2296599290564807/

 

Get Twitter updates for the show from Andrew –

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Or from Simon –

https://twitter.com/simonfor

 

Email feedback, ideas and questions for the podcast

largeformatphotographypodcast@gmail.com

 

Links and references arising from the discussions;

 

Using the View Camera A creative guide to large format photography – Steve Simmons – ISBN 0-8174-6353-4

Sinar View Cameras – history and types

https://camerapedia.fandom.com/wiki/Sinar

 

Toyo 45a (Andrew’s Field Camera)

http://www.toyoview.com/Products/45AII/45AII.html

 

The Speed Graphic, Press Camera

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_Graphic

 

Sunny 16 Podcast

https://sunny16podcast.com/

 

Nick & Graham

http://homemadecamera.com/

 

Em

www.emulsive.com

 

Podcast Hosts Social Media presence

 

Simon Forster

www.classiclensespodcast.com

www.simonforsterphotographic.co.uk

https://stores.ebay.co.uk/itsfozzyphotography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125323761@N07/

https://www.facebook.com/SimonForsterPhotographic/

https://www.instagram.com/simonforsterphotographic/

https://twitter.com/SimonFor

 

Andrew Bartram

https://anchor.fm/thelenslesspodcast

https://andrewbartram.wordpress.com

https://www.instagram.com/warboyssnapper

https://www.imstagram.com/warboyssnapper_pinholes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/warboyssnapper/

https://twitter.com/warboyssnapper

 

Artwork by Simon Forster. A picture of a Meridian 45B