Camera was set up on East 30th street between Madison and Fifth Avenue, literally down the block from Alfred Stieglitz's 291 Gallery which stood on the corner of Fifth Ave. and 30th street. I think he would've enjoyed the spectacle!


Equipment Details: Camera used was a 1970's 8x10 Deardorff which was purchased new by Penumbra's co-founder Eric Taubman. It was used with the original 4x5 reduction back. Lens used was an 1856 CC Harrison New York Orthoscope Serial # 5330, based on Joseph Petzval's original landscape Petzval formula. Focal length approx. 25" at f/11. This lens was of the wet plate period and would have been the type used for an eclipse in the mid-nineteenth century. The shutter used was a Noblex Electronic shutter designed to be used with a 20x24" Lotus camera. Various exposures for bracketing were used from 1/8 sec to 1/125 sec. One plate was shot at f/25 and one at f/50, both at 1/125 sec. Tripod was a Ries with a Manfrotto heavy duty head. Deardorff extension back was used to limit how far the bellows would be racked out to maintain stability. Shot on 4x5 trophy tin with a Chamonix 4x5 wet plate holder.