Edward Steichen was said to be so meticulous in his attention to detail that he photographed the same coffee cup and saucer a thousand times as a study in how different light could fall on, reflect off and leave shadows from a single object. That got me to thinking a lot about coffee cups and inspired by Steichen's own work and that of Czech photographer Josef Sudek and contemporary American photographers like Ken Lee, I decided to tackle a coffee cup still life myself today.
Calumet 45NX 4x5 large format monorail camera.
Fujinon-W 210mm F5.6 lens in Copal B shutter.
Ilford FP4+ B&W film, shot at ISO 125.
Exposure was 1/4 seconds at F22.
Natural light coming from bay window, camera right with 36" white diffusion panel to soften the noon time sun.
Developed in Ilford DD-X 1+4 dilution for 6 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius using a Beseler 8x10 print drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base.
4x5" negative scanned with Epson V600.