Toyo View

I don’t use my Horseman 6×9 medium format back on my large format camera enough. I really love the results I’ve gotten from it in the past even though on this roll I only got 4 out of 8 shots that I think were ok. The 6×9 aspect ratio feels really natural for a lot of types of shots and at times I miss having my Fujifilm GW690 camera still too. Despite it only being a fixed lens range finder with no meter, the results were always extremely sharp and it made it very quick to setup and grab shots that I can’t do anywhere close to as fast with the 4×5.

These few photos from the roll still came out well enough, though I still want to get the next results sharper or with perhaps better control over the depth of field. I have a roll of Kodak 500T in the back now that I’ve been waiting for the right nights to bring out and shoot with. Hopefully I can get some good semi-foggy nights and car stuff shot with it. In general I haven’t been using my 4×5 enough for the past few months, but that should change as I have some projects and travel lined up this year.

Downtown Los Angeles shrowded in fog at night

Downtown LA at dusk on a rainy day

Guy stands on part of Vasquez Rocks which dwarf him in size

Skies rapidly turning pink in Joshua Tree National Park


May 21st – Messy room and still decompressing from work travel. I can’t even remember what I did other than some laundry and working on more developing.

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May 22nd – Paint projects, got the Evo 7 wing all cleaned and scuffed, ready to drop that off with the car at the body shop as soon as it’s back from getting the transmission done. The valve cover is coming along slowly, even after a few rounds of aircraft stripper some of the original paint really doesn’t want to come off. I need to figure out a better way to prep this for its new paint.

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May 23rd – The new building next to mine is almost up to my floor. Kind of bummed how fast it’s coming up. Looks like I also didn’t expose this shot long enough, guess I metered too much where the construction lights were.

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May 24th – Some of my other cameras, just getting ready to expand my 365 to using any of my cameras rather than only the 4×5.

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May 25th – Actually spending some time to work on music again, I feel like I don’t put a lot of time into it since I get overly picky and frustrated easy and end up going back to working on visual arts.

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May 26th – Mugi, chilling with me on her favorite chair. I guess most things around here might be her favorite places to sit though.

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May 27th – Packed up and ready to go, I was suppose to go shoot at a drift event, but my buddy wasn’t able to make it due to a friend of his crashing before we even made it to the track for the day.

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May 7th – The valve cover is ready to be tapped for a new 5/8″ vent, I got to drill it out at Raul’s with his drill press.

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May 8th – Found a set of good condition clear side markers though the SoCal Evo group. Makes the overall car lines look cleaner in my opinion. Can’t wait to get the rest of the Evo 7 body work done.

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May 9th – Cabbage and onions frying and softening up for yaki soba

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May 10th – 1/2″ NPT to 5/8″ barbs for the valve cover vent project showed up. Not sure how I’m going to fit these as they’re bigger than I had expected.

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May 11th – Starting to prep the valve cover for a new coat of paint, letting some aircraft stripper do its magic. Trying to stay busy since I was worried that Zab wouldn’t make it back to LA because she accidentally missed her first flight.

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May 12th – Relieved and super happy, Zab was able to get a later flight in and we were both starving by the time we got back to downtown so almost nothing better than getting more LA Cafe food to quench that hunger.

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May 13th – Mugi… in heat again. I can’t decide if I will find her a partner or just get her fixed finally. It’s sad for me to think that if I don’t later I won’t have any other legacy from her.

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