Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pictures of Sochi 2014 Olympics through a 4×5 Camera

It's been over two months since Chicago-based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes returned from his trip to Russia to document the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a trip that "will always be among the top experiences I've had in my life." Using 34 sheets of the Kodak Tri-X 320 4×5 film and a Crown Graphic 4×5 camera Rhodes shot throughout the games and then shares these beautiful black & white photos from the 2014 Sochi Olympics on his blog.
Guy Rhodes with his 4×5 camera
"I finally made peace with these images when I reminded myself why I signed up for the 4×5 film format in the first place. I wanted to "let go" of the sharp perfection that digital photography affords so easily. I wanted to escape 10 frames-per-second bursts, instead slowing down to one frame per minute, if I'm working quickly."
"Another desire I had when I started shooting, developing, and printing 4×5 film one year ago was that I wanted to be humbled by the process itself. Despite using my digital cameras in full manual mode 99% of the time, the digital format is still very predictable for me. While this is a godsend in tricky lighting situations and with paying clients waiting on deadline, I actually wanted to experience extreme difficulty once again on the technical end of photography through the 4×5 film format. Let me tell you, if you want difficulty, film with a view camera doesn't disappoint!"
"There's nothing like setting up a shot of a competitor on the course at the Winter Olympics, waiting 10 minutes to get a single frame of that competitor blowing by you, then flying halfway around the world a week and a half later to develop the shot and discover that it's soft. Humbling, eh?"

(Photos © Guy Rhodes, via PetaPixel)

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