This week I’m going into the darkroom for the first time in a year. As much as I am looking forward to printing silver gelatin, I’m glad I spent the time off doing cyanotypes.
Bergger has started selling Print Film, a blue sensitivee sheet film for doing duplication work in the darkroom AND, of course, as an alternate camera film. I bought a pack of 4X5 sheets as soon as I learned about.
I took the Graflex Crown Graphic down to FDR Park this weekend for a test run.
I developed these in a tray for 4 minutes using HC110 dilution A at room temperature, which I conveniently forgot to measure. The data sheet on this says to use any developer with the time of development affecting the amount of contrast. I went for the low-end of the time suggestions.
Went out with the Nikon fm2 and a roll of Svema MZ3. Makes the world seem darker.
The good thing about Diana’s is that they are still relatively cheap. I picked up a new one off the eBay and took it for a spin yesterday.
These are shot in Ilford FP4+ and stand developed in HC-110.
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.
A Sunday afternoon along the Delaware in Port Richmond with the Fuji GW690III and some more Ilford OrthoPlus.
I shot some more Ilford OrthoPlus, this time in the Fuji GW690III. This is another camera I probably don’t shoot enough. But this film, I’m liking it. And initial darkroom experiments suggest it looks better as a lith print (images to come).
I took it down to Old City on a bright, cold day. I tried to avoid the usual Race Street Pier shots, and the streets were empty, so a lot of #peoplelessphilly shots.
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.
The weather wasn’t horrible yesterday so I took my Speed Graphic with the DIY lens outside. I wanted to see what the lens would look like wide open at medium distance. And then I shot some close-ups of dead flowers too. Film is my last few sheets of Ilford Ortho Plus.
I have been to the Washington Avenue Pier along the Delaware River a couple of times to shoot. But yesterday was the first time I was there with the magical combination of low tide and golden hour. The low tide gave me the opportunity to get down among some of the pilings for some more interesting shots. And the late afternoon winter light was incredible.
For the second time in a few days, I was out shooting with my brother and sister. I’m sure they took some amazing photos. I was a little hamstrung with just a single roll of MZ-3 and my Nikon Fm2. But I was not unsatisfied!