Kirk’s primary camera is a Linhof Super Technika IV 4×5 from the early ’60’s – just a year or so older than Kirk. Linhof’s Technika series is a very sturdy and rugged line of all-metal (aluminum) technical cameras that have been continually improved and refined since its inception in 1910. Technikas are very well suited for landscape and scenic photography.
The lenses he typically uses consists of a 75 mm f/4.5 Rodenstock Grandagon-N, 90 mm f/6.8 Rodenstock Grandagon-N, 125 mm f/5.6 Fujinon-W, 150 mm f/5.6 Fujinon-W, 240 mm f/9 Schneider G-Claron, and a 355 mm f/9 Schneider G-Claron.
Fujichrome Provia and Velvia Quickloads typically are Kirk’s films of choice. Apertures may vary from f/4.5 to f/90. Exposures have ranged from 1/60 second to 1 hour. For many years, exposures are calculated using either a Minolta Flashmeter IV incident meter or a Pentax Spotmeter V. In 2004, Kirk began using a Minolta Flashmeter VI, which combines both incident and spot meters into one unit. Tripods by Lester Bogen – typically a 3020 tripod with a 3047 3-way tilt head.
Kirk personally prints all of his photographs. He refined his printing skills working as a custom color printer in the late eighties. He is experienced with the Type-C, Type-R and Cibachrome (now Ilfochrome) processes. He has found the Fujichrome Type-R materials, both Glossy and Super Glossy, to be best suited for working with Fujichrome reversal films. Kirk uses unsharp contrast masks when desirable to control the inherent contrast found in reversal materials.
Kirk also works with traditional Silver-Gelatin based Black and White materials, favoring Kodak T-Max 100 Readyloads and Fuji Acros 100 Quickloads printed on Ilford Multigrade Fiber-base paper. All Black & White prints are archivally processed and selenium toned for maximum longevity.
For a complete listing and photos of Kirk’s camera gear, click on this link or the camera to the right.
A graph of the Macbeth Color Checker Spectral Reflectance Data for the neutral, additive primary, and subtractive primary patches.
Operation Manual for the Noritsu DM-201 Transmission/Reflection Densitometer.
PMK vs. Pyrocat-HD – a Spectral Scan of Two “Pyro” Developers.
Emulsion Making –
An early classic on emulsion making: “Photographic Emulsions” by E. J. Wall, in pdf format.
A Particle Size Distribution Analysis of an emulsion Kirk made.