Backed into another corner

From an old stone hay barn on the western end of the grounds of the 690 acre Norristown Farm Park.  The park was made up of land that was at one time part of the Norristown State Hospital.  Today it is an active farm and recreation center offering miles of trails and activities during the year. 

Technical Details:
Nikon F4S 35mm film camera.  Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 AIS lens.
Yellow # 8 filter on lens. 
Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO B&W film shot at ISO 800.
Semi-stand development using Kodak HC-110 1+100 dilution for 1 hour with 30 seconds initial agitation with swizle stick and three turns @ 30 minute mark.  Paterson 3 reel tank.  
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

When farms stop farming

Another remnant of agricultural days gone by.  Back roads of Adams County, Pennsylvania. 

Technical Details:
Nikon F4S 35mm film camera.  Nikon 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 AIS lens.
Yellow # 8 filter on 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. 
 

More Lockridge Furnace in 6x12 pinhole

Leading lines work especially well for pinhole compositions.  That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. 

Ruins at 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:
Zero Image 6x18cm Deluxe wood and brass medium format film pinhole camera shot in 6x12 mode. 
Arista EDU Ultra 400 film shot at 400 ISO. 
2 second exposure at F160.
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.

Locked doors to an old stone hay barn on the western end of the grounds of the 690 acre Norristown Farm Park.  The park was made up of land that was at one time part of the Norristown State Hospital.  Today it is an active farm and recreation center offering miles of trails and activities during the year. 

Technical Details:
Nikon F4S 35mm film camera.  Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 AIS lens.
Yellow # 8 filter on lens. 
Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO B&W film shot at ISO 800.
Semi-stand development using Kodak HC-110 1+100 dilution for 1 hour with 30 seconds initial agitation with swizle stick and three turns @ 30 minute mark.  Paterson 3 reel tank.  
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

George Rose Farm. Gettysburg Battlefield.

A look at the ruins of the barn on the George Rose Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield.  The Rose Farm was at the center of some of the fiercest fighting on the second day of the Civil War battle at gettysburg with up to 20,000 engaged in battle across the farm's twenty acres. The barn was built in 1812 and stood up to the fighting in 1863 only to be burned to the ground by a lightning strike in 1910. 

Technical Details:
Horizon Perfekt 35mm swing lens panoramic film camera. 
Kodak Tri-X 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.

Bilger's Rocks

Bilger's Rocks is a forested park setting located in Grampian, Clearfield County Pennsylvania.  The park features a small campground and an extensive series of trails that lead across and below large rock boulder formations with some rocks as tall as fourty feet.  The rocks are primarily made of Homewood Sandstone and are approximately 316-320 million years old.  Trails from the campground and parking area take you across the top of the rocks where you can look down into rocky crevices that have formed from water freezing and thawing, splitting the rocks over millions of years.  Additional trails lead down to the lower section where explorers can squeeze into small caves and passages between the rocks, some that still have ice within them well into the Spring season.  

Technical details:
Bronica SQ-A medium format film camera with a Bronica Zenzanon 50mm F3.5 S lens. 
Kodak Tmax-400 shot at ISO 400. 
Semi-stand development using Kodak HC-110 1+100 dilution for 1 hour with 30 seconds initial agitation with swizle stick and three turns @ 30 minute mark.  Paterson 3 reel tank.  
Negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holders fitted with ANR glass.

From farm to hallowed ground

One of the effects the Civil War had on areas like Gettysburg was that it turned vast tracts of former farm land into hallowed ground dotted by memorials instead of crops.  The battle changed the landscape of these places forever. 

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.

And when I awoke...

"And when I awoke I knew that the molten steel had stopped flowing.  The pipes were silent.  The blast furnace no longer blasted.  What now America ?"

From my new series "And when I awoke..." which ponders the feelings we all have when we first waken from a dream, not quite knowing if it was all real or not and if we are really out of the dream at all.   The full, ongoing series can be viewed at http://greggobst.com/and-when-i-awoke

Technical details:
1956 Brownie Hawkeye medium format film camera with flipped meniscus lens. 
Arista EDU Ultra 400 (Re-branded Fomapan 400) 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.

And when I awoke...

"And when I awoke I instantly wondered what had become of the man that was standing on the catwalk and who was suddenly no longer there.  Had he moved on and left to be with his family ?  Had he simply croucheddown to tie his shoe and was no longer visible ?  Had he jumped ?"

From my new series "And when I awoke..." which ponders the feelings we all have when we first waken from a dream, not quite knowing if it was all real or not and if we are really out of the dream at all.   The full, ongoing series can be viewed at http://greggobst.com/and-when-i-awoke

Technical details:
1956 Brownie Hawkeye medium format film camera with flipped meniscus lens. 
Arista EDU Ultra 400 (Re-branded Fomapan 400) 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.

Lockridge Furnace ruins, 6x12cm pinhole

Another image from the first roll from my Zero Image 618D 6x18cm pinhole (lensless) film camera.  For this roll I set the framing to 6x12cm to mitigate the severe vignetting that the full 6x18cm framing would give.  The camera, while incredibly beautiful in appearance, has a set of severe limitations in its design and seems to have been created to more easily accomodate it's unique ability to shoot a full 72cm wide continuous scrolling negative rather than individual 6x4,5/6x6/6x7/6x9/6x12 or 6x18cm frames. I will need to experiment a bit more with a broad set of subjects before figuring out where it fits in with my other pinhole cameras.  

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:
Zero Image 618 Deluxe wood and brass medium format film pinhole camera. 
Arista EDU Ultra 400 film shot at 400 ISO. 
2 second exposure at F160.
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.