With autumn arriving in South Australia I have started to pick up my large format black and white view camera photography, especially the 8x10 Cambo monorail.
The conditions are right: overcast skies, little wind and softer light. Well, these conditions lasted for a few days before a cold, gusty south westerly wind swept across the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
This kind of large format view camera photography has been in the background as I do not have a darkroom at the studio; nor do I have access to one in Adelaide now that the Analogue Lab has closed. My last session of processing sheet film was done in Melbourne in 2018, using Stuart Murdoch's darkroom!
However, a solution could well be at hand. It looks as if Timothy Gilbert at Stearman Press is planning to go ahead with the production of the 8x10 processing tray, given the relative success of their crowd funding. I can't wait to get my hands on one, given the success of their SP-445 film system.
The covered 8x10 tray will allow me to process the sheet film in daylight once I have loaded the film into the tray in the dark. So it is a similar process to tank development of b+w roll film, though much slower, as I will only be able to process 1 sheet of 8x10 film at any one time. I can wear that inconvenience, as I only expose a couple of sheets in a photo-session anyway, and there are largish time gaps between my 8x10 photo sessions. Maybe that will change once I have the Stearman Press processing tray.
I have started scoping the local area in Waitpinga for possible locations, but most of the possibilities so far look drab and dull in digital black and white, even with the soft afternoon autumn light. The one above is an example.