Paper Negatives

A tabletop studio set up to make paper negatives of a miniature cactus in my Hasselblad. View through the finder.

I got distracted from Project Ceramic Pinhole this week. For some reason I got a bee in my bonnet about making paper negatives with my Hasselblad.

I exposed images on the fly by setting up a tabletop studio and using multiple flashes of a Nikon SB800 strobe.
I found that eight 1/1 pops (full power) gave enough light at f8 to make a nice looking negative. If I went to f2.8 I could probably get away with only one or two.

The lead picture for this post is a cactus seen through the viewfinder.

A tabletop studio set up to make paper negatives of a miniature cactus in my Hasselblad.

I think a(nother) project is just about to launch. Tabletop macro still life studies.

A tabletop studio set up to make paper negatives of ceramics in my Hasselblad. View through the finder.

What appeals to me here is the 18th Century feel to this work. I’ve always loved looking at historical photographs and they have inspired me to recreate this vintage look.

The negatives were being pressed flat today, after drying overnight, and they will be positives very soon.