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.

Nothing better

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.

Today I mixed up a recipe from Peter Svensson (see this thread) based on Patrick Gainer’s PC-Tea:

…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.

Spring059-2
Hammond Pond, Goshen Massachusetts

 

Stick a fork in it

I am done with the One Project! I’ve gone through 2 boxes of Arista Ortho Litho 3.0–that’s 100 sheets of film. It was really interesting project and I’ve learned a lot about large format and this film. I still feel like the exposure is kind of hit or miss for me, though in general I know it always seems to need more time.

I’m excited to keep working with the film. But I am also really itching to shoot some normal film stocks and my Diana :). Going forward I will reserve then Ortho Litho for some landscapes, for making lith prints, and for portraits.

Ortho Litho gives a nice look to portraits

Lith printing saves some bad negs

Delaware river redux

I spent a day down on the Delaware River Walk again with some of my last sheets of the Arista Ortho Litho 3.0. It was an overcast day, which means I probably should have added a few stops to my exposures.

At 1/10 of a second the buildings in the distance are underexposed
At 1 second things look pretty good

Shank’s looks good

I mostly shot wide open (F4.7) at 1/10 of a second based on the iPhone app. But I should know by now that on a cloudy day that is off.