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First 8×10 Portraits

Six months ago, I did some test shots with my Burke & James Grover 8×10.  I finally got them developed and scanned recently.  With a couple of flashes and remote (without any diffusion), I shot a few portraits when my friends Norris and Fiona were visiting.  Here is the result.

Burke & James Grover 8x10 Portrait
Burke & James Grover 8×10 Portrait

I used Kodak Ektascan B/RA x-ray film metered at ISO50.  Burke & James Grover 8×10 with Fujinon 250mm f6.3 lens.  Lighting setup with two Yongnuo YN560II flashes on two YN622C  and a YN622C-TX.  Developed with Kodak D76 1+1 20C for 10 minutes.  Scanned with Epson Perfection V700.

Lighting is harsh, this is due to the lack of deflectors (they were still being shipped from Asia at the time).  The harsh lighting reminded me a bit of a prom shoot would of looked like in the 1960-70s.  Nevertheless a decent shot for first trials.


Kodak Ektascan B/RA Reciprocity Test

I never shot Kodak Ektascan B/RA xray film at night.  There were also no information online regarding the reciprocity of this film.  This film is normally used for health x-ray applications and there is no need to worry about long exposure.  I decided to do a test shot.  Shanghai and TriX has terrible reciprocity characteristics.  For 1 minute exposure, I generally compensate it by 8x and it worked well.  I know Ektascan is probably equivalent if not worse, so I decided to try a 12x compensation for 1 minute metered exposure.

Here is the result.  Burke & James Grover 8×10, Fujinon 250mm f6.3 lens, developed in Kodak D76 1+1 10 mins and scanned with Epson Perfection V700.

12x compensation for 1 minute metered exposure
12x compensation for 1 minute metered exposure

It looks like a working combination.  I think it might be slightly over-exposed, perhaps I need to try one with 10x compensation.