My Wife Denise's birthday was the other day so one of the things I gave her was this long stem white rose. I had an additional motive though, I wanted to try out my 4x5 large format view camera in a studio setting using constant lights.
I setup the camera and tripod with the rose in front on a tabletop, a 36" Westcott reflective umbrella to camera right with four florescent daylight balanced bulbs. I added an Alien Bees B800 studio strobe in a beauty dish with diffusion sock and just the modeling lamp turned on and positioned it above the camera shining down on the rose. I placed a 30" white reflector to camera left to reflect some of the light back onto the rose from that angle. I think it came OK for my first shot with the 4x5. Not a great shot but I will settle for OK for now as part of the learning process.
Calumet CC-401 4x5 large format monorail view camera.
Rodenstock Geronar 150mm F6.3 lens in a Copal 0 shutter.
Arista EDU 100 Ultra 4x5 B&W sheet film.
Shot at F45 with 255mm of bellows extension and 30 degree forward tilt in the front standard. On the advice of others, I rated the film at ISO 64 and worked out the reciprocity adjustment and came up with a total of 2:17 for the shutter speed based upon a metered original exposure time of 8 seconds, metered with a Gossen Luna Pro.
Self Developed film in Rodinal 1:100 using semi-stand development in Paterson Tank using the Taco Method. Tap water stop bath. Ilford Rapid Fixer. Photo-Flo. Hung on shower curtain to dry on film clips.
Negative scanned with Epson V600 in two parts and merged in Photoshop CS5 since the V600 doesn't natively support scanning 4x5 sheet film and I haven't stepped up to the V700 yet.