Lehigh Valley Panoramic and Large Format Photo Gallery

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Camera (or film magazine) dimensions
6 x 17 cm panoramas
6 x 23 cm panoramas
4 x 5 inches large format
8 x 10 inches large format

The photographs are captured on analog cameras, using Fuji Velvia 50 and 100 transparency films and Kodak TX-100 black and white negative film
The panoramic images are taken with the multifunctional GILDE 66-17MST Super 3D panorama camera, which is equipped with both shift and tilt functions. Depending on the scene, the following two film magazines (a) 6×17 cm (2.34×6.63inches) and (b) 6 x23cm (2.34×8.97inches) are used to capture panoramic images with aspect ratios of 3.8:1 and 2.8:1, respectively. The standard large format images with 1:1.25 aspect ratio are captured by either a 4×5 inches (10.2×12.7cm) or an 8×10 inches (20.4 x25.4 cm) monorail Arca Swiss F-Metric compact camera. For comparative purpose, the sensors of the current high-end DSLR’s cameras are about 2.4×3.6cm or 0.94×1.4inches.

Each large format camera is fitted with an Orbix system, which facilitates focusing.    All cameras are equipped with Schneider lenses. Films are developed and prints are made at professional laboratory (Burne Photo Imaging, Inc, WI).

The images captured on film /  transparencies are digitized at 350dpi, 16bit using a high-end iQsmart 3 (Creo) professional digital scanner either in the presence or absence of a diffraction suppressing medium (Khami solution from Aztek. Inc., Irvine, CA). The environment around the scanning area which is estimated at  60 x 6o x 60 cubic inches  is deionized using a heavy duty anti-static system, (the IonTransport Model HM-8000 from ElectroStatics, Harleyville, PA) in order to neutralize the electrostatic charge between dust particles and negatives / transparencies  The dust particles are then blown away readily from the film/transparence, using compressed air.  The file sizes vary from 1.5 to 2.5 Gigabytes, depending on the original surface area of the film.  iQsmart3’s image data acquisition and analysis software is used to obtain the final digital file which is then edited through Photoshop.

In the gallery, you will find some of the images John has captured from the  Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. These include the historical sites in Bethlehem, Easton, Alburtis, Coplay, and Allentown. Highlighting the landscape of the valley are the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. In the gallery, the first two or three numbers before the serial number signify the type of camera and / or size of film magazine used to capture the image. It is worth mentioning that the resolution and colors of the final prints are superior to those of the images shown on the web due to the necessary conversion from Tiff to Jpeg and 16 bit to GRB  for web posting. The gallery will be updated regularly with new images and the web may be reconfigured as more images added  fro areas beyond  the Lehigh Valley.

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