My black-and-white photos

You get old-fashioned results with black-and-white film. Here's a photo I took in July 1999 at the Museum of Science in London, next to Imperial College. It shows a massive steam engine that was in operation at a machine shop in England until the early 70's. The photo was taken with the same Minolta 700 and lens, stopped down a bit to about f/2 or f/2.8, with an approximately 1/10th second exposure. The image has been cropped a bit from the original negative, which was scanned directly from the negative on the older SCSI version of the HP PhotoSmart slide/print/negative scanner. This negative is on Kodak T-max 400 (35 mm), which was processed in D-76 1+1. Owing mostly to the high contrast of the subject (I think), it enlarges nicely to an 8x10 inch print. Click on the image for a bigger version (3192x2046).

I also have some larger-format cameras. Unfortunately, the PhotoSmart negative scanner does not handle the larger formats, so I have to print the photos and scan them on a flatbed scanner. Here's a photo I have from one of my medium-format cameras, a Rolleicord IV with a fully coated Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75 mm/3.5 lens. This camera was a consumer model in the 1950s, but it still takes super-sharp pictures. (The Rolleiflex is even better!) This is a photo of me barbecuing some pork at my mother's summer house on an island about 120 km (75 miles) south of Stockholm, Sweden. It was taken in July of 1999 by my high school classmate Tom Hutchinson, who now lives in London. The photo was taken on T-max 100 (120 format), which was processed in D-76 1+1. Most of the dust specks are from the dirty flatbed scanner in the Caltech libraries (although the stuff near my left wrist is actually sawdust from one of the trees we cut down earlier that day). Click on the image for a larger version (very big---4244x3336).

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