Frank Hardy Photography

Paper Machine on 4×5 …

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This image of a paper making machine was made many years ago at our local paper making plant.  When I made this image, the plant was owned by Champion Paper, not exactly sure who the owner is now.   I used several Speedotron strobes to open up the shadows on the machine, but I did not have enough strobe light to over-power the halogen lights above.  That is the reason for the green cast in the photo.  I have never owned a color meter … just way too expensive and then I did not have all the color correcting filters either.  There was never enough of this type of work around the area to justify buying the meter and the filters.  I let the client know on the front end that I could not get a neutral color balance on the front end and for the most part, I never had anyone complain about the color.  I used my Sinar 4×5 camera and a 90mm  wide-angle Schneider lens.  I believe it was shot on Fuiji transparency film and I had a local company scan the transparency for me.  I have gotten several jobs off this image in the past and thought that I might throw it up to see if I can generate any interest now.  All comments and questions  are welcome.

Note:  I said that the over-head lights were halogen, but they could have been sodium vapor, I am not really sure.  Sodium vapor usually puts off a strong yellow cast, but I have seen the color sift with different film emulsions.  One more thing, you can see where I used the strobes in the image where the light is the whitest … one is one the back side of the ladder and then I put another strobe on the dryers, way down the line almost to the back.  This is so the image did not recede into a” black hole ” at the back of the photo.

Update:  Below is a photograph that my father made of another paper machine sometime in the 1950’s.  This looks more like a “newspaper” paper machine.

I wish that I had more information to offer, but I just thought that it is an interesting comparison of machinery.  The machine I photographed up top produces these massive rolls that is then converted to copy paper.  If anyone knows anything about the types of machines these are, please let us hear from you.  Thanks for looking …

Written by Frank Hardy

June 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

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