Melcher's Mill

This small grist mill was built in 1888 in Bally, Washington Township within Berks County Pennsylvania. It was moved to the Berks Heritage Center location in Bern Township in the late 1970's. The mill was water-powered and initially served the Nicholas Melcher farm on which it was located. It has a footprint of 25' x 25'.

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

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

Film: Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO B&W sheet film

Settings: Shot at F22, 1/30th second shutter speed. Metered with a Pentax 1 degree spot meter.   

Development: Self Developed film in Kodak Xtol 1:2 in Paterson Universal Tank using the Taco Method.  15.5 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius.  Tap water stop bath.  Ilford Rapid Fixer.  Photo-Flo.  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.