Large Format B&W Dahlia Floral Still Life - Episode 1
In this episode, I take you behind the scenes with me outside of my darkroom while I photograph a freshly-bloomed Dahlia. I share my experience during the exposure and then I develop the film in the darkroom.
In the next video, I am going to start the process of making a 30x40 print from this negative. I will make some small 8x10 test prints from the center of the Dahlia to make sure I want to proceed with the larger print. You can follow along with me on my YouTube channel.
I planted several Dahlias outside of my darkroom because I love to photograph these flowers. I also grow my own flowers in my greenhouse and on my land in the Ozark's.
I used my Nikkor 240mm F5.6 lens for this 1:1 macro composition which required a bellows draw of twice the focal length. I used a front tilt to get the entire flower sharp. I cover all of these types of details and much more in my comprehensive Large Format B&W Still Life Video Workshop. You get immediate access to 17 HD videos and a 68-page workbook.
I exposed two sheets of Ilford FP4+ and I used Pyrocat HD as my developer in my Jobo CPP-2. In the next video, I am going to make a contact proof sheet and determine if I want to print this big or not. The negatives looked pretty good when I hung them to dry, but I will have to see how I feel about them once they are dry and I can inspect them more closely.
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Keywords: 8x10 Large Format, Black and White, film, fine art, Floral Still Life, FP4+, Jobo, Large Format, Pyrocat HD
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