Wo ist die Brücke?

I shot some more Ilford OrthoPlus, this time in the Fuji GW690III. This is another camera I probably don’t shoot enough. But this film, I’m liking it. And initial darkroom experiments suggest it looks better as a lith print (images to come).

I took it down to Old City on a bright, cold day. I tried to avoid the usual Race Street Pier shots, and the streets were empty, so a lot of #peoplelessphilly shots.

Here is nobody under the bridge

 

Nobody here either
I think there are people in the builidng
I wouldn’t expect anyone here
Here is nobody in front of the bridge

Now

I thought that I would use the Ilford OrthoPlus in the Diana, but I am enjoying it more in the Rolleiflex.

Recently we had horribly warm January weather, so I took advantage and took a walk around South Philly with the Rollei. Maybe it was the weather or the fact that nobody is out on Sunday, but everything felt post-apocalyptic. The OrthoPlus fit that mood for sure.

I shot 4 rolls. Looking forward to printing these.

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I’ve been dying to get a nice picture of S&S Foods for years

 

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One of the few close-ups I took
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Bricks, fences, and wires
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I would raid this tools
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This giant billboard dwarfed the daycare center below it
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Weeds and tracks and trash
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Artfully placed dumpsters

First try with Ortho Plus in medium format

I was super excited when Ilford announced that they would be releasing Ortho Plus in 35 and medium format. I’ve been looking for an orthochromatic film I could shoot in the Diana and this seemed like the perfect option.

Between Christmas and New Year, we took a trip up to Jim Thorpe, PA so I brought along some Ortho Plus and the Diana as well as my Rolleiflex to compare.

The low ISO for the Ortho Plus, 80 in daylight, limited how I could use it on this trip. Jim Thorpe is in a valley and the sun never really got far above the surrounding mountains. Then we had a couple of days of rain. Most of the shots I took came out underexposed. I did get a few passable ones though.

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Jim Thorpe morning

 

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Broadway, Jim Thorpe

 

The Rolleiflex was much better. I even got Nora to sit for a portrait. The skin tones with this film are nice, though not for everyone.

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Lamp, of course

 

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Me, by Nora

 

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Nora, by me

These things

Last night I did a rough comparison of Foma MG131 paper and Ilford MGWT fiber paper in second pass lith. Not surprisingly, the Foma paper gives a slightly more lith look to the final result while the Ilford paper can sometimes look like a regular print. Here’s two examples.

Foma MG 131

I pulled this print a little early which gives it that partial brown tone. I like the colors and the happy accident of the chemical contamination.

Ilford MGWT fiber

This one almost looks like the original print, just with some mottling in the background.