Photographic Technique

  1. I start by taking a photograph using a Large Format(4x5) using 4x5 sheet film.
  2. In my Studio/Darkroom I develop, wash and dry the film.
  3. The film is mounted in one of two enlargers. Either the American Made Bessler 45VXL or the Italian Made Durst 4x5 enlarger.
  4. Under Darkroom Conditions, light is projected through the Film Negative onto a sheet of Fiber Based Silver Gelatin paper.
  5. I practice similar Dodging and Burning Techniques followed by Ansel Adams as the light from the enlarger is projected from the Film image onto the paper.
  6. The next step in the process is to run the Silver Gelatin paper through wet trays to "Develop", "Stop", and "Fix" the photograph.
  7. The developed photograph is then washed for a period of 1.5 - 2 hours.
  8. The photograph is then placed onto wire screens and allowed to dry overnight.
  9. Each photograph is then Heat Press mounted onto Acid Free Mat Boards, Overlay Mats are cut from Black Acid Free Mat Boards, Matching Size Acid Free Foam Boards are cut for Backing and the Photograph is either Bagged in an Acid Free Bag or Framed for display.



Equipment & Film

Film:                    

4x5 Sheet Film - Ilford Delta or Kodak T-Max.


Cameras:          

Toyo 4x5 Field , Tachihara 4x5 Field.                                          Hasselblad Medium Format.


Enlargers:        

Durst Labarator 1200,   Bessler 45VXL.


Tripods:             

Berlebach Wooden and Bogen Composite Professional.






                     Contact Me: howerton.photos@gmail.com  434-250-6128