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Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Large Format Photography Group!

This group is for the large format (LF) photographers, the LFers, from the San Francisco Bay Area who are interested in the large format photography using view or field cameras - a relatively small group of people among a very large number of digital shooters. The group is created to make it easy for the members to meet with the like-minded LFers and get involved in the activities such as the following:
* Location photography at nearby places with the LF gear (we all know it takes a lot more deliberate effort and time to capture a great LF photograph compared to a digital camera)
* Meet and network with the fellow LFers
* Share techniques, exchange ideas
* Show your photography work
* Exchange prints
* Show/look at the photography equipment
* Just have a cup of coffee or lunch with people with the similar wavelength
* In short, any interesting and fun activities related to LF photography that the members would like to do

This group is not just for the experienced LF photographers - if you are just starting out in the LF photography and/or would like to learn LF photography and/or have not bought the LF gear yet, this group is a great way to get into this field - the group members will be more than happy to show you the LF techniques they have learned over the years. On the other hand, if you have no intention of doing LF photography (e.g. would like to shoot using digital cameras/DSLRs), this group will be a misfit for your photography needs and you will be better served by joining other photography groups.

Although majority of the members of this group use film to capture the images on their LF cameras (a digital back on an LF camera is the other possibility), they use both analog techniques (traditional darkroom, enlarger, contact printing, alternative techniques, etc.) and digital techniques (scanning, Photoshop, calibrated monitor, digital printer, etc.) to make the prints.

Note:
If you are not sure if this group is for you…
The members of this group use highly versatile but fully mechanical "large format" (LF) film cameras such as the ones shown below. These are not digital SLRs or point and shoot cameras. Here are some photos of the LF cameras:
LF Camera Images

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What's new

  • New Photo Comment
    Karl F. Karl F. commented on a photo
    April 24

    "Thanks. I do like this spot. Just the thing for a panoramic camera."

  • New Photo Comment
    Amanda T. Amanda T. commented on a photo
    April 24

    "There is something very pleasing in this symmetry, punctuated by the half circle in the lower middle."

  • New Photo
    Karl F. added a new photo to Cavallo Point, Fort Baker
    April 24
  • New Member
    Michael L. Michael L. joined
    April 20
  • New Member
    Ned B. Ned B. joined
    April 16
  • New Photo Comment
    Tim S. Tim S. commented on a photo
    April 2

    "thanks for the generous assessment, Amanda, I'm sure it's not my fault - the pinhole does all the work :)"

  • New Photo Comment
    Amanda T. Amanda T. commented on a photo
    March 31

    "I like the absence of scale and how the stains in the concrete could be shadows."

  • New Photo Comment
    Amanda T. Amanda T. commented on a photo
    March 31

    "This is so serene and atmospheric. Nice work (as always)."

  • New Photo Comment
    Amanda T. Amanda T. commented on a photo
    March 31

    "Actually, flipped over it spells 'us' but that was too trite even for me. Besides, this is the correct orientation."

  • New Photo Comment
    Tim S. Tim S. commented on a photo
    March 31

    "I like this a lot; tonally rich, evocative of handwriting..."

 
Founded Nov 8, 2009

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