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Old September 19th, 2018, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
Chatting with Asher just now and mentioned that if it were not for serious soft focus lenses, I would not bother with large format film cameras.

The dreamy soft focus interpretations that are only possible with the brute force of gigantic real estate; (ie. 5X7, 6.5X8.5, 8X10 film) and ancient soft focus portrait and pictorial leneses, are to me the final hold out.

These images to me at least (and in my world, I'm the only vote that counts) are a breath of fresh air in a sea of stupid-sharp-all-the-sameness. I'm weary of perfect pictures. Give me a piece of film with the dirt and grit and nose hairs left over from me cutting it to the size I needed for the camera.

On a summer evening at 6000 feet elevation where I live, if I'm alone, the potatoes go in the oven for 2 hours of baking, and I get in the survivor Ford and go looking for some kind of a back drop. Almost anything will do.

In this case, the 7" (178mm, Virginia) Verito is a bit undersized for the 5X7 film, which is why it gets to swirling out on the far edges. Yumm. Even better.

I have a hundred ancient lenses with a hundred different personalities, and honestly, that's the only reason I keep taking pictures.

Of course the Nikon D200 is handy for when I horse trade on ebay :~'))


Agreed, Jim

The soft focus is exemplary and each lens has a unique way of drawing.

.........But surely, as important, the meditative process. This filters out distractions. So we focus creative energy to one or two sheets of film.

Can we add that as a reason for keeping LF alive?

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