Fill 'er up !

An old Texaco Fire Chief gas pump provides a nice foreground element for this Autumn scene I shot on 11-2-2013 at the Berks Heritage Center in Reading, Pennsylvania.  Texaco introduced the "Fire Chief" brand in 1932 with claims that the purity and octane levels met the requirements for fire engines. In 1982 they re-branded the line of gasoline as "Texaco Regular".

Camera: Calumet 45NX 4x5 large format monorail view camera. 

Lens: Rodenstock Geronar 150mm F6.3 lens in a Copal 0 shutter. 

Film: Kodak Ektar 100 C41 Color Negative Film

Exposure: 1/4 second @ F22 with film rated at box speed.  Metered with a Pentax 1 degree spot meter.

Development: Self Developed film using Tetenal C41 color development press kit in a Paterson Universal Tank using taco method, hung on shower curtain to dry on film clips. 

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. 

As is the case with most large format photography. viewing this photo online does it no justice.  There is so much detail in this shot it's just wasted on a compressed JPG viewed in a browser.  Large format film is such a beautiful thing when you shoot it and process it right.