i built a camera

I built a 4×5 large format camera using Jon Grepstad’s design.  The camera is made of yellow birch, aluminum, and brass. The knobs are stainless steel. I made my own bellows, using the instructions found at the following link: http://www.instructables.com/id/bellows-for-large-format-camera/

“meet your maker” (the first photograph made with the camera – light leaks!)

after fixing the light leaks, here’s the first successful photograph from the camera, shot on 4×5 negative film, hand developed, and digitally scanned