My Grandmother's 91st birthday was celebrated this past Sunday and I took the opportunity to capture some portraits of her with the 4x5 large format camera. I made images using both traditional Ilford HP5+ and X-Ray film. This one is the Ilford HP5+ version. I made a million mistakes on this one in terms of framing on the bottom and not using a reflector to fill in the shadow on the right side but it was my first portrait with a large format camera and I plan to build on this, learn and do better next time.
Camera: Calumet 45NX 4x5 large format monorail view camera.
Lens: Fujinon-W 210mm F5.6 lens in a Copal B shutter. Carl-Zeiss Softar-1 filter on lens to add some edge softness.
Film: Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Negative Film, shot at 200 ISO.
Exposure: 1/60th @ F16.
Lighting: Because of the tight space this was taken in, I was limited to a single strobe and small(ish) light modifier. I used a Alien Bees B800 @ 3/4 power with a spill kill reflector shot through a 34" Westcott shoot-through umbrella placed camera left aimed at a 45 degree angle to subject.
Development: Self Developed in Kodak Xtol 1+2 dilution in Paterson Universal Tank using the Taco Method. 13 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius. Kodak indicator stop bath. Ilford Rapid Fixer. Photo-Flo rinse.
Scanning: Negative scanned with Epson V600 in two scans and merged back together in PhotoShop since the V600 doesn't natively support 4x5 scans in one pass.