My third attempt at an indoor still life of my desk yielded mediocre results. With an exposure time of about 70 minutes, an aperture of 0.2mm, and a focal lenth of 0.9-inches, the angle is too wide, the light too dim. It might have been better if I had used my initial configuration, with the camera on a tripod a foot or two away from the desk, instead of sitting right on it.
I got better results with my second visit to capture the USS Ling on the Hackensack River, however! As usual, I was impatient, and the print is not absolutely dry. Those tiny droplets seem never to evaporate! Next purchase, a mini-squeegee to wipe the prints right out of the fixer bath.
The paper is 5×7 inches, but I have cropped it somewhat; the boundary of the image circle is clearly visible. Once again, I curved the paper concavely, with the aperture directly on center. It appears that I may yet have some light leaks at the bottom of the camera, visible here at the top of the image. The black line at the top center is from a small cardboard piece in the camera that holds the paper in place.
Here is a further cropped image, with the smudges in the sky cleaned up a bit. The USS Ling is visible on the left bank of the river, but it is over exposed: it’s faded grey hull was very reflective. Perhaps a shorter exposure time would have been better. My respect for the early photographic artists has grown astronomically!