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Shooting 8×10 X-Ray Film in Madison Square Park, NYC

by Chris Gampat on 01/25/2013

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Madison Square Park in NYC is known for its awesome art work, its friendly squirrels, and currently for this awesome Buckeyball surrounded by awesome and comfortable benches. Photographer Shawn Hoke recently took to the area to try something new and awesome. Loading up his 8×10 camera with Fuji HR-T X-ray film, he went about trying to photograph this recent installation in the park. The problem: the film wasn’t clearly labelled to tell what sensitivity it was. Taking a chance, Hoke went for ISO 80-100. One pack of the film new goes for around $92 on Amazon. According to a Fujifilm PDF brochure, the film is high contrast and good for overall radiology use. But some of the film can go up to ISO 800.

He also talks about some of the other crazy things working against him–such as the emulsion being on both sides, how they render green and blue, and that’s only a bit on top of the rigors that come with focusing a large format camera and metering the scene accurately with a handheld light meter plus taking into consideration reflections and more.

Take a look at the photos and story from Hoke.

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