I have been challenged! A friend and colleague challenged me to photograph dogs (I am using mine) with large format. So, I decided to photograph Dot using my 4x5, sheet film and a little posing. This challenge has also taken an Idea that has been stewing in my head for a while now and given it a new boost - a bit more of a direction in the concept. I wasn’t actually sure if this idea was actually going to hang around for clarification, but it did and I like where I am going with it.
To start, I am planning on photographing Dot with some of her prized belongings on black and white 4x5 film (in studio of course). I am excited about this. One of my previous posts covered a little behind the scenes and a couple of Polaroids from one of my set-ups. The film part of it is a bit scary. I shot 6 sheets - hoping and praying that I had the focus dialed in and the lights metered correctly. Of course, the best part is developing those sheets and the making process that takes place before the image is revealed on a beautiful sheet of film.
Before I get rolling with the 4x5, I challenged myself to a little Hassy love on 120mm film and testing to see if Dot would sit still for me while I mess around with manual focus using old eyes...
All of the planets aligned for this one and Dot sat beautifully and still!
On to the challenge - photographing Dot with my 4x5 - YIKES!
WE HAVE NEGATIVES!!!! And they look good!
JUMPING UP AND DOWN WITH JOY!!!!
It worked, everything worked. I don't doubt the process, I do sometimes doubt my ability and I prayed I didn't mess up the processing! This is so much fun and such an amazing challenge! I can't wait to shoot more and put the whole vision together!
I did add a little brown tone in post processing to the last image of Dot on the bench. I like the warmth it added.