Developing Film 4a – Prep

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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”

“New Tri-X” in Rodinal – Part 2

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One of the bloggers I follow (I suspect it was Dan James) asked why I have five essentially interchangeable Leica thread mount camera bodies. I didn’t have a good answer at the time, but when I looked in the desk drawer where I keep my factory loaded film and saw that I had five varieties of film I decided to shoot a few test subjects with all five films using all five cameras. It would be the first time I ever had film in all of them at the same time. Continue reading ““New Tri-X” in Rodinal – Part 2”

Another One Bites the Dust?

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Last year I was given a couple of 36-exposure rolls of ADOX Silvermax 100. I don’t like 36-exposure rolls so they sat unused until I recently finished the 100′ roll of HP5+ in one of my bulk loaders and was able to use the loader to break the two 36-exposure factory loads down into four 12-exposure loads in Leica FILCA cassettes. Continue reading “Another One Bites the Dust?”

Choices

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Over the years I’ve tried a number of one camera – one lens – one film – one developer – one whatever disciplines with mixed results at best. Experimenting is a part of my nature. I can not sustain interest in an activity unless there are new things for me to try. At the same time, I know that changing multiple variables at the same time when experimenting can lead to a lot of dead ends. Continue reading “Choices”

The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 3 – Inkjet Prints

I have some family photographic prints made before the First World War. They have been stored out of the light at  room temperature for the past 100+ years and, except for the clothes and home furnishings, they look like they could have been made last year. If, by some chance, my great great grandchildren come across a box of my photographs in 2118 I hope that the prints will have held up as well. Printing with pigment inks in black and white on 100% cotton paper makes that more likely to happen. The costs in this post are based on that approach. Continue reading “The Cost of Hybrid Film Photography Part 3 – Inkjet Prints”