Sunday night Kate accompanied me on an 8x10 shoot by the East River. I packed the 8x10, the tripod, and my film holders loaded with Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film. This was the first time I've used this legendary film in 8x10. It's incredibly hard to find in the US and I had been lucky enough to get this box a few months ago from a fellow large format photographer who had visited Japan. Wanting to get a decent shot of the abandoned Domino Sugar Factory before developers tore it down, we walked the desolate stretch of Delancey Street to the East River with all of my gear in tow. Kate had the D700 with her and planned to take some shots of the Willimasburg Bridge as well as me setting up the 8x10.
The Resulting Photograph The Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory, 8x10 Fuji Neopan Acros 100 Film *Larger Version on Flickr.
Technical details: the camera is an old 1935 Eastman 8x10 View Camera with a modernish (1970s) Schneider 300mm f5.6 lens. Since there were very few developing times online for Fuji Acros in sheet film, I resorted to using an old favorite developer and estimating the times. I used Kodak Xtol developer as a 1:1 solution and developed the sheets in trays. The time I figured out was 10 minutes, but since I use brush agitation I reduced the development time by 20%, giving me 8 minutes. It's pretty much where I wanted it. The center building is very dark in real life compared to the buildings around it and I worried that it wouldn't get enough light. Instead of a four minute exposure, I gave it an extra minute for a total of five minutes. Worked like a charm.