Fence building materials at Gettysburg

Wood used by the National Park Service to build and maintain the fencing around the battlefield and farms of Gettysburg.

The John Slyder farm is located close to Devil's Den along Plum Run.  Slyder, a Maryland native, had bought the 75 acre farm in 1849.  On July 2nd 1863, Confederate General John B. Hood’s Division swept across Slyder’s farm in its advance toward the Devil’s Den and Little Round Top. The crops and orchards were trampled and destroyed and the farm buildings became a Confederate field hospital.  Two months after the battle John sold the farm and moved the family to Ohio.  The farm is said to be one of the more active with spirit activity for those drawn to that sort of thing.  

From my ongoing "Farmscapes of the Civil War" book project which in 2017 is in its third year of shooting.

Technical details:
Toko 4x5 wooden large format field camera.  
150mm F6.8 Rodenstock Geronar lens in Copal BT shutter. Yellow/Green filter on lens.  
Arista EDU Ultra (Re-branded Fomapan) 200 ISO B&W film, shot at ISO 160. 
1/15th second at F32. 
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base. 
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

Wood, like wine, best when aged

Another remnant of agriculture during an earlier age, found on the back roads of Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Technical Details:
Nikon F4S 35mm film camera.  Nikon 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 AIS lens.
Kokdak Tri-X 400 film shot at ISO 800.
Developed in Diafine for 4 minutes (part A) and 4 minutes (part B) @ 20 degrees Celsius in Paterson 3 reel tank.  5 seconds initial agitation with swizzle stick followed by 5 seconds of additional agitation ever minute thereafter. 
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 using holders fitted with ANR glass. 

Shadows and whitewash

The John Slyder farm is located close to Devil's Den along Plum Run.  Slyder, a Maryland native, had bought the 75 acre farm in 1849.  On July 2nd 1863, Confederate General John B. Hood’s Division swept across Slyder’s farm in its advance toward the Devil’s Den and Little Round Top. The crops and orchards were trampled and destroyed and the farm buildings became a Confederate field hospital.  Two months after the battle John sold the farm and moved the family to Ohio.  The farm is said to be one of the more active with spirit activity for those drawn to that sort of thing.  

From my ongoing "Farmscapes of the Civil War" book project which in 2017 is in its third year of shooting.

Technical details:
Toko 4x5 wooden large format field camera.  
150mm F6.8 Rodenstock Geronar lens in Copal BT shutter. Yellow/Green filter on lens.  
Arista EDU Ultra (Re-branded Fomapan) 200 ISO B&W film, shot at ISO 160. 
1/15th second at F32. 
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base. 
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest standing lighthouse in the United States.  Located in Sandy Hook, Monmouth County New Jersey, the 103 foot tall, octagon shaped lighthouse stands at the center of Fort Hancock, a former army base that was setup to protect the New York Harbor approaches.  The lighthouse first came into service in 1764 and a lighthouse keeper actively manned the light until approximately 1913.  During the revolutionary war the British captured the lighthouse.  An attack by the Continental Army led by Benjamin Tupper tried to to destroy the lighthouse with cannon fire to render it useless to the British, but after an hour of volleys, he “found the walls so firm that the cannon fire could make no impression.”  The British continued to hold the lighthouse for much of the rest of the war. The lighthouse is now run by the National Park Service and is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.  

Technical details:
Toko 4x5 wooden large format field camera.  
150mm F6.3 Rodenstock Geronar lens with Yellow # 8 filter on lens. 
Ilford FP4+ ISO 125 B&W film, shot at ISO 100. 
1/30th second at F32. 
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base. 
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

Eternal rest under the cross

Pinhole photo of one of the more impressive graves found near the entrance of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Technical details:
Zero Image 75mm 4x5" wood and brass pinhole (lensless) camera.
Ilford FP4+ ISO 125 B&W film, shot at ISO 100. 
8 seconds at F216. 
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base. 
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

A Slinky's worst nightmare

Broken steps lead to what was once an administrative building of some sort at Fort Hancock on the Sandy Hook peninsula of New Jersey.

Fort Hancock was built in 1890 to protect New York Harbor from attack by sea.  It replaced an earlier fort called Fort Gates that was built during the war of 1812.  Fort Hancock included a series of concrete gun batteries built on large concrete foundations and 12 inch barbette guns. The cold war era brought in new defenses including Nike Missiles that could intercept jet fighters.  The surface to air missiles defended the skies from 1954 through 1974 when the fort closed as an active Army base.  The fort complex and it's remaining 35 buildings are now part of the National Parks of New York Harbor under the National Park System and remains a popular Summertime day trip spot with beaches lining the Sandy Hook peninsula and bike rental areas providing transportation for tourists. Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the United States is at the center of the Fort complex.  

Technical details:
Toko 4x5 wooden large format field camera.  
210mm F6.3 Rodenstock Geronar lens with Yellow/Green filter on lens. 
Ilford FP4+ ISO 125 B&W film, shot at ISO 100. 
1/30th second at F22. 
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base. 
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

John Slyder Farm access road at Gettysburg

The John Slyder farm is located close to Devil's Den along Plum Run.  Slyder, a Maryland native, had bought the 75 acre farm in 1849.  On July 2nd 1863, Confederate General John B. Hood’s Division swept across Slyder’s farm in its advance toward the Devil’s Den and Little Round Top. The crops and orchards were trampled and destroyed and the farm buildings became a Confederate field hospital.  Two months after the battle John sold the farm and moved the family to Ohio.  The farm is said to be one of the more active with spirit activity for those drawn to that sort of thing.  

Access to the farm is only on foot as this road is for use by the National Park Service vehicles only.  It's possible to park on Emmitsburg road and walk down this long road to the farm or to park on Confederate Road and hike the hilly trail into the farm from the east which is what I did.  

Technical details:
Toko 4x5 wooden large format field camera.  
210mm F6.3 Rodenstock Geronar lens with Yellow # 8 filter on lens. 
Arista EDU Ultra 200 (Rebranded Fomapan) ISO 200 B&W film, shot at ISO 160. 
1/30th second at F32. 
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base. 
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

Test of 1896 Otto Wernhard Rapid Euryskop brass Lens

Getting caught up with my deep backlog of 4x5 sheet film developing and came across this photo I made while testing a Otto Wernhard 9" F6 Rapid Euryskop brass lens that I picked up a couple of years ago.  Research tells me that the lens from a little known manufacturer was an attempt at cloning the popular, and pattented, Voigtländer Euryskop lens around the 1896 time period.  It has some interesting characteristics including the ability to produce sharp foregrounds at nice bokeh at the lens sweet spot which appears to be around F8-F11.  The lens has no shutter, of course, so the Speed Graphic's focal plane shutter works well for using with the lens in good light.  

Ruins from Lockridge Furnace, located on Alburtis, Lehigh County Pennsylvania.  The furnace opened in 1868 during the peak of the anthracite iron industry and operated until shortly after World War One. Since 1970, the 59 acre site has operated as a community park while the original blast furnace building # 7 now houses the Lock Ridge Furnace Museum which is open on a limited basis during the Spring through Fall months.  

Technical details:
1947 Pacemaker Speed Graphic 4x5 large format film camera. 
1896 Otto Wernhard 9" F6 Rapid Euryskop brass Lens using the focal plane shutter of the Speed Graphic. 
Arista EDU Ultra 200 B&W film, shot at ISO 160.
1/125th second at F8.
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base. 
4x5" negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holder fitted with ANR glass.

Reflecting at the Rose Garden

Allentown Rose Garden.  Allentown, Pennsylvania.   The reflecting pools offer a quiet walking experience where you can stare into the water and contemplate the world while taking in the sound of water and birds chirping. 

Technical details:
YashicaMat 124G medium format twin lens reflex film camera with Yashinon F3.5 taking lens. 
Kodak Tmax 400 film shot at ISO 400. 
Semi-stand development using Kodak HC-110 1+100 dilution for 1 hour with 30 seconds initial agitation with swizzle stick and three turns @ 30 minute mark.  Paterson 3 reel tank.  
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

One step at a time

Allentown Rose Garden.  Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Technical details:
YashicaMat 124G medium format twin lens reflex film camera with Yashinon F3.5 taking lens. 
Kodak Tmax 400 film shot at ISO 400. 
Semi-stand development using Kodak HC-110 1+100 dilution for 1 hour with 30 seconds initial agitation with swizzle stick and three turns @ 30 minute mark.  Paterson 3 reel tank.  
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.