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.

Things are redeveloping

Last night I tried a new process: lith redevelopment. I took some prints that I had done using standard developer, bleached them back, and redeveloped them in the lith. I like the softer brown tones I get compared to the strong yellow with regular lith.

West Philly morning

Waiting to open.

Apologies Ms. O’Keefe

Holiday Stroll

Walked around South Philadelphia with my brother and sister this week. I took the Rolleiflex, loaded with Ilford Fp4.

Lately I have traded in photo walks for studio work. So this was a nice break and a chance to get outside and catch whatever light there was.

It was also fun to shoot with my siblings. We do this every so often and it’s always a good time. Seems photography runs in the family.

This guy.

Corner store

Nice heads on these cabbages

Tree top

Dickensian holiday produce

I love corners

That’s a knife

I’m pretty sure I’ve owned some type of Swiss Army knife since I was a teenager. I got my current knife sometime in the late 80s or early 90s. So almost 30 years. That means countless boxes opened, a bunch of IKEA furniture assembled, some light switch plates screws tightened, a few bottles of wine uncorked, and dozens of beer bottles uncapped. I don’t think I’ve used the awl tool that much. I know I used the long blade for something I shouldn’t have since the tip is broken off. The toothpick is long gone but the tweezers stuck around.

I was looking at it and thinking it might be time to get a new one. Then I got sentimental. There’s really no point in getting a new one. With all its issues, it still works. With a little luck, I will die owning this knife. Of course then it will probably end up in the trash. I can’t see my kids keeping it around.

I shot these pictures of the knife with an even older Nikon fm2 loaded with Ilford HP5 plus pushed to iso 3200 and developed in HC-110 dilution B

It ain’t easy

I have a hard time shooting color landscapes in the summer. Everything seems like an undifferentiated mass of green to me. But maybe throw in a lake and a blue sky and white clouds?

These were shot with my Kodak Duoflex IV (faux TLR) on Ektar 100. I developed them at home using the FPP’s C41 kit.