Speed Graphic + Aero Ektar with Carol Seleme

I finally got around to attending a group shoot organized by Group Shoot Events, and decided to bring my Speed Graphic along. Usually among thousands of digital images, I might pick out 2-3 that I will use. This was the first time I liked every single shot I took, and I only took five of Carol.

At almost 6 pounds this camera is not what you would call easy to carry around and operate. Accompanying it on this shoot is the approx Kodak Aero Ektar 7in f/2.5. Because of the large size of the film, the depth of field equivalent on a 35mm camera would be a 48mm f/0.64! It certainly is razor thin and tightly focused. Carol looks quite lovely getting ready next to this beast:

Here’s a digital shot for comparison to the image below it:

And now, the 4x5 film shots from the shoot:


I’d like to thank Carol, I couldn’t have gotten these images without her. She’s very easy to work with and best of all is patient. I can't recommend her enough, go hire her for your next shoot!

Model: Carol Seleme

Photographer: Nathan Sills

Equipment list: 

  • 1947 4x5 Graflex Speed Graphic
  • Kodak Aero Ektar 7in 2.5 lens
  • Portra 400 developed 1:1 w/Tetenal C-41 Press Kit
  • TMAX100 & 400 developed 1:1 w/D76
  • Canon Canoscan 9000F
  • Canon 5D Mark II w/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
  • Manfrotto 190XPROB legs + 410 Geared Head