Getting caught up with my deep backlog of 4x5 sheet film developing and came across this photo I made while testing a Otto Wernhard 9" F6 Rapid Euryskop brass lens that I picked up a couple of years ago. Research tells me that the lens from a little known manufacturer was an attempt at cloning the popular, and pattented, Voigtländer Euryskop lens around the 1896 time period. It has some interesting characteristics including the ability to produce sharp foregrounds at nice bokeh at the lens sweet spot which appears to be around F8-F11. The lens has no shutter, of course, so the Speed Graphic's focal plane shutter works well for using with the lens in good light.
Ruins from Lockridge Furnace, located on Alburtis, Lehigh County Pennsylvania. The furnace opened in 1868 during the peak of the anthracite iron industry and operated until shortly after World War One. Since 1970, the 59 acre site has operated as a community park while the original blast furnace building # 7 now houses the Lock Ridge Furnace Museum which is open on a limited basis during the Spring through Fall months.
1947 Pacemaker Speed Graphic 4x5 large format film camera.
1896 Otto Wernhard 9" F6 Rapid Euryskop brass Lens using the focal plane shutter of the Speed Graphic.
Arista EDU Ultra 200 B&W film, shot at ISO 160.
1/125th second at F8.
Developed in Pyrocat HD at 1:1:100 dilution for 8 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Jobo Multitank 5 with 2509N sheet film reels with drum placed on Unicolor Uniroller 352 auto-reversing rotary base.
4x5" negative scanned with Epson 4990 on holder fitted with ANR glass.