The long out of production Schneider G-Clarons were introduced to me by Fred Picker in his newsletters which I was a subscriber to. They are process or flat field lenses, which were made for copy and macro work. Fred noted that they, as well as the Red Dot Artars, were also superb landscape lenses, when stopped down to F22 and beyond. They were made in 150mm, 210mm, 240mm, 305mm, and 355mm focal lengths. The 150 has been a favorite of backpackers who take their large format gear, as it is so diminutive in size, with a Copal 0 shutter. The 305, which was my lens for the 8x10 Kodak Master View, as well as the 355, are big beasts. In the past I have owned the 150, 210, and 305 and would very much love to have the later two back, as they are becoming very hard to find. All sharp as tacks, but on he downside, at a maximum aperature of F9, they are very dark and a MF to focus in dim light. This shot in the studio, with two light sources was not an issue when using the loupe. However, the two previous negatives made at the Montreal River involved late afternoon shade which made the image difficult to see on the ground glass. As with all things...there is always a trade off. I am thrilled to be working with the big camera again and the introspective and mindful nature it requires to make good art.
On a different note, the film tube I purchased from Randy at Holgamods, has proven to work exceptionally well. In the dark of my upstairs walk-in closet (at night with towel under door), I load two sheets (one on each end by curling the negative and sliding it in). Henceforth, everything is done in daylight, with respect to processing, as there is a light baffle on the end you pour and drain the chemistry from. Very slick.
Up since 0430 as the usual. First morning it has not been raining or downpouring for many days. Karl and Kris spent the night in St.Ignace and will arrive here while I am at the clinic. Eric will attend a luncheon at his lab at U of M and not get here till the early hours. Friday we will feed again and make the final touches on their blinds for opener Saturday morning. Just put a nice pork roast and potatos in the crockpot for dinner. Other than the boys, this shall be the most company I have had stay here for a number of days.
“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet