I went to visit Mark in JP to do some photography stuff and took this portrait of him in his studio.
He then took this portrait of me with my contraptions.
Remembering that I had yet to visit CatLABs, one of the largest large-format photography stores in the U.S. I asked Mark if he had any interest in going. When I told him the address he said, ‘That’s literally right down the street.’ So away we went.
We met Omer Hecht, who talked to me about my need for a 4×5 view camera. In talking, he mentioned a macro lens and before he finished his sentence Mark said, “I’ll buy it.” (Mark has been wanting to get back into macro photography.) I was ecstatic that I was about to have a second photographer using a DigiTiler (which I promised to make him ASAP).
Of course, when we got back to Mark’s place, as exhausted as we were, he was ready to get going. So I pulled out the DigiTiler stuff and away he went. He found a dead fly nearby.
And this is what he came up with
We noticed that macro photography in large-format is really shake sensitive. So I’ll need to build a much better DigiTiler. He’ll start using the Graflex with both that 56mm lens and the Nikkor 180 W.
I’ll go back and get a 4×5 view camera from CatLABS. Omer said he would mount my Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar 1:5,6/210. I’m hoping with the easier tilt/shift movement of a view camera I can demonstrate some commercial applications.