Norristown State Hospital

Building # 17, one of the last remaining original buildings on the campus of Norristown State Hospital.  The institution was originally known as the State Lunatic Hospital at Norristown.  This structure dates to around 1880 and was designed by Wilson Brothers and Company.  Norristown was historic as being the first institution in the United States to allow female physicians to practice. 

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Camera: Calumet CC-401 4x5 large format monorail view camera

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

Film: Arista EDU 100 Ultra 4x5 B&W sheet film which I shot at 64 ISO

Settings: Shot at F45, 1/8th 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.  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 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. 

This was my first attempt at developing with Xtol after having used Rodinal and I have to say that I think I like Xtol better.  The blacks seem richer and the overall tonal values seem much more defined than with Rodinal.