Archive ”diacordG”

First homemade 120 film

Fine, I’ll M…

May 27, 2014
Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act

November 9, 2013

Dry plate tintype

October 21, 2013
Originally shot on Delta 3200 in a Diacord G; developed in Microphen. This is a palladium-toned kallitype. I'm reasonably happy that it came out (yay, my chemistry survived the flooding) but not so thrilled with the density; this is my first kallitype on Fabriano Artistico HP 300 and I'm not sure if the paper or my technique lead to this thinner-than-usual print. I'm hoping to preshrink some FabArt and try a double-hit kallitype on it.Regardless: as you might gather from the title, this is Joe of Abacus: a Chinese restaurant in Lansdale, PA. I think it's the best Chinese food available in the greater Philadelphia area. I've been eating at his establishment since about 1986. Joe reports they're in the middle of selling the business, and it clearly pains him greatly. If I understood rightly, he's getting ready to move back to China to take care of his father.Joe reminds me of my great uncle, who was also named Joe: they share a terrible sense of humor and are of the same temperament.


October 13, 2011
Shot with my Diacord G, Acros 100, DD-X.
And after replacing a dead hot water heater (probably a casualty of the flooding), I'm just about ready to re-open my dim room! It seems like forever since it was dry enough to use, and the humidity is finally down to 55%. I'm planning on some kallitypes in the next couple of days. Here's hoping things to according to plan...


October 11, 2011
Provia 400x on the Diacord G.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a workshop lead by David Hilliard. Great guy, fantastic work, and a good teacher; the weekend was quite enjoyable and informative. I came out of this weekend with a stronger sense of where I'm going, photographically.
I also know that the long-term plan doesn't involve the Diacord G or L, sadly. Both let me down during the photo shoot that lead to this image - the L's film counter stopped advancing and the G's film advance is now advancing too far (which caused me to lose 6 shots - argh). I'll be repairing both but the writing's on the wall; while I love shooting with these cameras, they can't take the abuse that I'm dishing out. Which isn't terribly surprising. They're both 53 years old and I'm not only taking them *everywhere*, but also shooting with them a *lot*.
So for the moment, I'm shooting with my 5D which feels like a big let-down; I was terribly unhappy with the exposures I got from it today, as I'm now spoiled by the dynamic range of film. Ah well.

She stared, wonder…

June 14, 2010
Okay, okay! For those clamoring for color - here ya go. Velvia 100F.
And for the record, I'm planning to buy more slide film for next month. I just can't let 3 liters of developer go to waste. :) From my generally unscientific tests, I've settled primarily on Kodak e100g; it has the best color cast to my eyes. Which, I'll remind everyone, are red/green color blind.

She Got In and Wou…

May 21, 2010
Catching up on some old shots, still processing a lot of new film. This one's on Delta 3200 pulled to EI 1600.
For those that don't know, I'm part of a group show opening this Friday, April 23rd. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Dinner rush was ab…

April 18, 2010
Ilford HP5+, EI 400.


April 7, 2010
So, you may recall my saying recently that another camera was on the way. That was a 1958 Ricoh Diacord L (not to be confused with the Diacord G, which I've CLA'd, but it has fungus between the rear lens elements - you can judge whether or not that's a significant detriment, as almost all of the shots I posted over the past two weeks came from that camera). After a weekend of disassembling the shutter, cleaning all of the parts, re-lubricating and reassembly, accidentally spilling naptha back in the now-cleaned shutter, taking it apart AGAIN, cleaning and re-lubricating... well, this was the "focus test" roll.
Results: this camera is phenomenal. I love it, and can't wait to shoot more with it.
Shot on Acros 100.


March 31, 2010
Ilford Delta 3200, EI 1600.

Friends 2

March 29, 2010
Okay, I think I'm winding down on the posts from St. Patty's in Jim Thorpe. Before I finish, I have a set of good "Friends" shots that I want to post.
Ilford Delta 3200, EI 1600.

Friends 1

March 28, 2010
Alex and Kathleen, taking a break from the parade to make a little music.


March 27, 2010
Ilford HP5+, EI800. On the Diacord G, whose shutter froze on me today. I think I've unstuck it - something related to the flash select lever (M/X) is binding, but it's okay as long as I keep the lever on X. Which is where I want it, but it's not where it wants to stay...

Smokin’ and …

March 25, 2010
Okay, I'm done with these guys. I think. Maybe one more.


March 21, 2010
War Portraiture

War Portraiture

March 20, 2010

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