I sometimes have difficulty talking about my work conceptually and tend to fall back on process.
Summer vacations, Diana, and Kodak Ektar. Here’s some of the places I went this summer.
Ricket’s Glen, PA
From the tracks
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.
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.
This one almost looks like the original print, just with some mottling in the background.
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.
Waiting to open.
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.
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
Plain Caffenol for Litho film may be just the cheap, low-impact developer I am looking for!
Expect test shots soon 🙂
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.
As much as I am enjoying shooting large format with the Crown/Speed Graphics, I really love my plastic Diana clone. I shot these last week while on vacation in Goshen, MA using Ilford Delta 100. Stand developed for 1 hour in HC-110 1:119.
There is nothing like the feeling of spending an afternoon mixing up a developer from scratch and then developing film with it and pulling negatives out of the tank to see actual images. It’s magic.
…heat about 120 ml of TEA in pyrex container. I think about 200F is a good temperature. Then mix in 35g of Vitamin C-1000 and 6g of metol and stir to dissolve. Add TEA to make 150ml total.
To use as a one-shot:
- MC-Tea 1:100 + 1/2 tsp sodium sulfate per ~250 ml water
Just mix the MC-Tea with water and sodium sulfate.
For Fomapan 200 (box speed) I develop for 13:30 minutes at 25° C. Agitation is 5 times every minute.