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Posted: July  1, 2012

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contact print
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Autographic Jr. 1A

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This is a contact print made from a paper negative. The photo was taken with a 90 year old Kodak No. 1A Autographic Jr. The light leaks were sorted out just by throwing a black tee shirt over the camera. The tee has printed on it: "What is the speed of dark?" -- isn't that just perfect? The contrast is starting to get under control by pre-flashing the paper and using a yellow filter. It was windy and there is some motion blur, but this contact print looks a bit softer than the negative. The barbed wire is sharp on the negative, and the contact print really looks better than this scan suggests. This was mostly a test of the exposure and I'm pretty happy that it's getting close at about ISO 3 with the yellow filter. What didn't go right is that the photographer forgot that the viewfinder on this camera reverses the image! The copse of trees was supposed to be on the left, so we missed Mt. St. Helena and the hills across the valley! But I've always liked those little rolls in the hills to the left of the trees too, so I'll pretend this is where I meant to point the camera!

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 rodney abbott buchanan
rodney abbott buchan…
you get good results with your paper negatives!
i've seen a few photographs from these old cameras, and I think this rectangle format is very interesting, particularly suited to your view here
7 years ago.
Ned club has replied to rodney abbott buchan…

Yes I agree! This is the 116 film aspect ratio, and the "Petaluma Hills" one is 122 film. I like them very much. I've built a special negative carrier for my enlarger to try to make prints in the 122 format... that project is coming along slowly. I'm in "paper negative" mode right now but eventually I'll get back to shooting film in the old cameras!
7 years ago.

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