On Sunday afternoon, having already
lost some of the
folks who were pointing toward home, we photographed
some pristine desert rock formations in the Esmaeralda
Badlands area N. or Hwy 95 near the Silver Peak intersection.
OK, 38° 02' 57.87"N 117° 46' 40.14"W with Google Earth.
It really doesn't matter because
after doing some
regulation Ansel Adams rock pictures, as the group
was streaming back to the vehicles, I set up the
8X10 Kodak with the Pinkham & Smith Series IV
"Visual Quality" and stretched the bellows out
to 25" for some portraits. Roger Smith was sitting
comfortably on the tailgate of the pickup but grew
increasingly un-comfortable as this enormous camera
with cannon on the front kept edging closer to his nose.
Thus the "Tailgate Portraits" were
conceived for better
or worse. My apologies to my victims :~')) Actually
as the participants looked in the ground glass, enthusiasm
kind of took hold and I was able to persuade some poor
souls that might have otherwise had better sense than
to sit in front of my camera.
These were the highlight of the
workshop for me. It's
interesting to note that I used 2 lenses. First was the
renowned Pinkham Smith lens. It is a portrait lens that
usually gets relegated to dream status. Made more famous
because it was the design of choice when Cooke decided
to re-make a Classic design soft focus lens, the PS 945.
I value it currently at around $1400, but it ISN'T 4 sale.
That said, the other lens I used
was a $14 dollar Bausch
& Lomb 15" f4 magic lantern lens that is of triplet design.
If I stopped here and didn't tell you which lens took which
pictures, would it matter? Was the $1400 lens more
successful than the $14 lens? I shot Roger, Per, and Jason
with the P&S lens. Frank, Julie, and Lars were done
with the Bausch & Lomb lens.
Of the group, I consider all of
them very acceptable,
but for me there was one that I consider quite stunning.