The garden is in bloom!
I dropped the Diana maybe one too many times and it seems it’s gone to meet its maker.
Here are some of the last salvageable images from it. They feel melancholy and reflect my muddy view of the past few weeks.
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.
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.
I tried some more second pass lith processing. These are all done on Ilford MG Warmtone paper. I developed them normally then bleached them back and redeveloped them in Arista lith.
We visited Ambler, PA last weekend. It’s a place I spent a lot of time as a teenager. It’s also gotten cuter since then, unlike me.
I recently went camping at Cape Henlopen state park in Delaware.
it seems every beach I’ve been to this summer has been closed due to rough conditions.
If I can resist the urge yell, “that’s not Elizabethan English”, I can enjoy the Renaissance Fair.
At the beginning of the summer, we got a puppy. And summer means Kodak Ektar and the Diana.
I took a trip to Chicago over the 4th of July weekend and I brought along my trusty Diana. I walked a lot and tried hard not to stare at everything.
A few prints from my latest darkroom adventures.