Taking Pictures

Readers of this blog may have noticed that I use the phrase “taking pictures” rather than “shooting,” “snapping,” “photographing” or more pretentious language like “exposing the negative.” The phrase “taking pictures” dates back to the time of George Eastman’s first advertisement in 1888 which included the phrase, “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest.” Continue reading “Taking Pictures”

It looks like this might be the end of the line, but the end of the line for what?

I have been holding off doing anything about MacOS 15 Catalina. When it was announced that 32-bit applications would no longer be supported I checked the System Report on the iMac and found no 32-bit applications that I still used. So far, so good. Then, for some reason, I decided I would look at the Epson Support page to make sure the drivers for my scanner and my two printers were updated to MacOS 15, and I got a nasty surprise. Continue reading “It looks like this might be the end of the line, but the end of the line for what?”

Washing Film – The Ilford Method 

From Ilford’s HP5 Plus Technical Information: 


Wash the films in running water for 5–10 minutes at a temperature within 5ºC (9ºF) of the process temperature. Or see note below for greater economy when using spiral tanks. 

Note: For spiral tank use, the following method of washing is recommended. This method of washing is faster, uses less water yet still gives negatives suitable for long term storage.  Continue reading “Washing Film – The Ilford Method “

Developing Film 4a – Prep


This is the first installment of a two-part update of an earlier post describing my 35mm film developing process.

In my continuing quest to standardize and simplify my 35mm film photography, and to save some money in the process, I have settled on just three materials/chemicals for developing my film: Rodinal developer, Ilford Rapid Fixer and distilled water. Continue reading “Developing Film 4a – Prep”