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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.

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