McMullan - Fine Art Photographer

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Old Home Place - DeWitt County, Texas 1992
Old Home Place - DeWitt County, Texas 1992

Toyo 4x5 View Camera     Lens: Rodenstock 150mm     Film: Kodak TMax 100

I acquired my first 4x5 view camera while living south of Houston, Texas around 1992. It was an inexpensive Omega View camera which, I assume, were made by Toyo. I traded a motorcycle for it and a broken down Beseler enlarger with a condenser head. I always loved Ansel Adams' photography and I began to study the Zone System when I got the camera. Shooting with a view camera makes photography even more magic than it already is. I used to get catalogs from Calumet Photographics and I would dream about being able to photograph with a view camera. The problem was, I just didn't have the money to buy one. When I got the Omega View camera, I made everything work, including that old enlarger. Eventually, I was able to purchase a Toyo VX125 view camera. In my opinion, it is the absolute best view camera, especially when a photographer wishes to use a full view camera in the field. For years, I would put that old Omega View camera on my huge tripod and carry that thing around on my shoulder. Unlike most view cameras, the rail on the VX125 collapses to about five or six inches long. I can put the camera, three lenses, twelve film holders, light meters, loupes and filters all in one small backpack. I still have to carry my tripod on my shoulder but at least it doesn't have the huge camera on it.

This kind of scene is something I really enjoy photographing. Eventually, this old house and windmill will be gone and the only thing that will remain are memories of the people that lived there or that saw it when they drove by and photographs. There are quite a few things that I have photographed that no longer exist.

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