More on Photos by Paul
The vast majority of the original negatives are 6×7 cm (2-1/4” x 2-3/4”) exposed through either a Mamiya RB67 or Pentax 6×7. I started out with the Mamiya medium format system using the 127mm lens as a primary standard lens with the 250mm for telephoto. The size and weight of the camera required the use of a tripod. 6×7 is regarded as an “ideal format” as the ratio of the height to width of the negative better matches popular photographic paper size ratios than 35mm or 6x6cm. The larger, better proportioned negative also allows for a smaller degree of enlargement, resulting in sharper printed images with less apparent grain when printed.
Although the RB67 is a fine studio camera the shutter of the Pentax 6×7 freezes action in the field better than the RB. I started using the Pentax with the 105mm or 90mm as standard lens with the 200mm as telephoto. In later years I used very little telephoto as I felt that these lenses created a “tunnel vision” effect, particularly on scenics. On the other hand, most of the “cross track” auto racing photos were taken using a telephoto lens.
All of the color negatives have been desiccated and frozen in foil pouches for dye image stabilization, and have been specially stored for the purpose of creating custom color enlargements. For the most part the scenics depict clear and colorful weather, devoid of smoggy, diffuse or hazy lighting. All negatives attempt to capture the human eye’s potential for color, contrast and perspective.
Only a portion of the collection is presented at this time. We will continue to add new negatives in all categories if there is an appropriate level of interest.
The photographs are currently offered in enlargement print sizes of 8×10 and 11×14 sizes. Eventually we will offer 11×17, 13×19 and 13×39 panoramic (panoramic on select negatives only). Enlargements are printed on premium gloss photographic paper, perfect for framing purposes. Custom print sizes or paper surfaces are available on a special order basis, please inquire regarding pricing and turnaround time. With an appropriate level of interest in the collection we plan to offer 20” and 24” wide color and black and white enlargements on a routine basis.
Thank you again for your interest in the collection. We hope that you enjoy your visit!