Duke and Parson 4×5

One more for the road.  This was also shot at the bowling alley during the Christmas party, though I didn’t really feel that it went with the others.  I try to print a copy for each subject though I didn’t see either of these guys last year, so this picture along with a few others that I had spares for, are all hanging up in our office.  I’m glad I work at a place that appreciates what I do.

And here’s the alternate because I almost always make one:

So that’s it as far as large format work goes.  I did have a few more that I’d developed before the COVID shutdown near the end of March, but I never was able to get them scanned…I also have 12 more sheets waiting to be developed.  It will take a while before I’m able to get that done also, but my photo instructor promised to let me back in to finish all that up when this thing is all over.  This post was just waiting at the bottom of my queue but since tonight is this year’s “Christmas” party it seemed a fitting time to publish.

Cowboy and horse 4×5

An actual real cowboy, that is, part of a dying breed.  I’m not a real cowboy, I just play one on TV.

He was patriarch of a family of horsewomen that run a stables up in the mountains; when we do horseback riding tours we take them up to his family’s stables.  Sadly he died this Summer and I hardly knew him or got to speak with him.

This is the outtake, the horse was less cooperative than the human.  The more I look at these the more I think that I should print them in a landscape orientation and cut off the top/bottom, they’ll be better framed that way.  I would have done it in camera but I wanted to shoot fast and let the guy get on with his day.

I went back and reviewed my work over the last few years and found several posts with pictures shot up at the stables.  Here they are:
Dutch
Colorado Elk
Project Pt.II, Adv.Photo Redux
Horses
Jeep Tours 2017 Super 8 Edition, Pt.I
Eve’s Cantina

Bowling alley cowboys 4×5

(and cowgirl)

These were from last year’s Christmas party held the end of November, this year at a large place on the North side of Colorado Springs, with bowling, but also laser tag, an arcade, etc.  I told everyone to come dressed in their work outfits and I would take pics, but only a few did which made it into more of a prank than I intended, plus so many people refused to sit still long enough.

Ilford HP5+ pushed to 1600.  The lighting wasn’t terrific and even with the extra 2 stops my shutter speeds were very low.

Eagle Rock 4×5

A guy I had a hand in training.  Actually as I’ve been driving tours for 5 seasons I’ve had a hand in training a majority of the drivers now!

This was toward the beginning of my developing sheet film and is still very splotchy; the other shots that were in the tank at the same time came out better but I think the lighting was a bit more even there.  I only bought one 10-sheet box of Kodak film (T-max 400), I wanted to support the cause but Kodak has given up even trying to compete price-wise in their large format film. 

Uncle Marmot 4×5

Marmot with the GOG Trolley.  I think I was getting a bit of flare here.  There was some very expired Ilford paper lying around the darkroom and I printed using that to see if I could get it to resemble a very old photograph.

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I can’t remember which of these I printed so here are both, I always try to bracket.

Denim and Tumbleweed 4×5

Denim and Tumbleweed.  These were the first pictures I developed that didn’t look like they were on the verge of self-destructing.  I think that shooting a film I knew pretty well helped out a bit there, plus using the Fink-Roselieve tank turned out to be much less accident-prone.

Less, though there are still some irregularities but all in all much better than the first batch.  I’m quite fond of these.