With the Harman paper I have a professionally produced product that I know works well. I tested the paper in another post below and it worked well with my 8x10 Deardorff with the 5x7 back and a Schneider-Kreuznach 210mm f/5.6 lens.
I also wanted a chance to go through my older shutter-less lenses to decide which ones to keep, AND I wanted to shoot with my newly acquired Vageeswari 11x14 camera and the newly mounted Wollensak Vitax Portrait lens. I ordered some 8x10 and 11x14 Harman Direct Positive paper and proceeded to have some fun.
I setup a studio in my garage with flash and backdrop. I used two massive 4000Ws and one 2000Ws Norman flash units. Remember this paper is ISO 3 - very slow.
I ran into some issues that took me some time to troubleshoot. Thankfully I had a bunch of family members come over to sit patiently and pose for me.
The biggest issue I had was excessive lens flare from the various uncoated vintage lenses I was using. I couldn't tell with the modeling lights, but the powerful flashes were blowing away the lenses and scattering light inside them to the point of creating nothing but ghost images with no contrast. More specifically it was the backlight causing all the chaos. Once I flagged the backlight it was ON.
|Hatuey with crazy lens flare on Carl Meyer non-coated lens|
|Carl Meyer 305mm f/4.5 on 8x10 Deardorff|
I switched back to the Carl Meyer lens. I took a photo of my son and WHAM - no contrast, gray ghostly image. See above photo. Everything else was constant, the film holder the camera, it couldn't be light leaks. It had to be the lens. I thought about it and it hit me.
Coated lenses, like the 210mm Schneider, don't have as bad a flare problem as non-coated lenses. I turned off the backlight and BINGO, wonderful photo with great contrast and deep blacks on the Carl Meyer. See photo below.
|Hatuey, Carl Meyer lens, No back light, no flare|
Here are more photos from the two day photo shoot:
|Nicole, shot with the Schneider 210mm lens and full backlight|
|Greg shot with the Schneider 210mm lens|
|Cedric, weak developer, low contrast|
|Andy, Rose and Dhaisha shot with a missile tracking lens - I'm going to play with this Goerz lens a little more.|
|Andres and Nicole|
|Granddaughter and daughter|
|Shot with the 11x14 Vageeswari and the 6 lb. Vitax lens|