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First homemade 120 film

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Caught in the Act 2

Caught in the Act,…

November 10, 2013
Walked outside today while my wife and son were raking leaves, and found this seemingly-happy bird nesting in one pile... good thing it left before I started shredding them!
In casein-land, I've got a pile of plastic on its way for backlights. When they get here, I expect to have at least one print to post (it's sitting on my window now waiting for a backlight). Progress made on one other print this weekend, but I ran out of time while dealing with other photo processing obligations. Ah well, there's always next weekend...


November 20, 2011
The farther we get in to fall, the more I dread the shortening days. I pine for spring again. Occasionally I see something like this that makes me think of spring, keeping fall my second-favorite season.
Printing update: I'm not sure why, but I haven't been motivated to pick up the casein-glass prints recently. I've been printing kallitypes over the last week, playing with Fabriano Artistico and multi-hit processing. So far, I can say that Herschel is a much, much nicer paper - but Fabriano Artistico works as well as Stonehenge.

Fall Flowers

October 17, 2011
I promised this one a few days back and then was distracted by kallitype fun. Perhaps I should have just printed this and killed two birds with one stone!
Markus here was shot on my Mamiya 7, Acros 100, developed in caffenol-C for about 15 minutes at about 75 degrees. Both he and I lived to tell the tale.
Markus and Johanna both were very interested in Caffenol or I wouldn't have picked it up right now. I admit that I've had a passing interest in it myself, and had washing powder sitting around just for caffenol use when the time was right... it just took someone asking about it for me to throw stuff together in a vat and see how well it worked as a developer! :)
Looking forward: this being Mother's Day weekend, I'll be lucky to get one print in. And what I'd like to be printing is very, very experimental - involving very very dilute hydrofluoric acid, sheets of glass, and possibly milk products. I'm afraid that may have to wait.

Coffee Coffee Coff…

May 6, 2011
Acros 100, developed in... coffee.
We've had a couple of house guests this week - Johanna (here) and Markus (tomorrow's post). The two of them have been on a year-long trip around the world and stopped by for a short visit on their way back to Germany. They were also curious about alt-photo processes, and I was more than happy to oblige.
Over their short stay, we made kallitypes and toned cyanotypes. We also developed film in Caffenol-C basically every day: instant coffee, washing soda (sodium carbonate), salt and vitamin C. This shot is Johanna on a hike through Ralph Stover State Park, a scanned negative. I'd love to show you the cyanotype that we bleached with ammonia and toned with the same instant coffee, but that print is now making its way back to Germany with the two travelers!
This was my first experience with caffenol. I have to say that the results are better than I expected; the solution easier to prepare than I thought it would be; and it smells much less bad than people seem to make it out.
There will certainly be more caffenol experiments in my future.
For those that might be interested, here's our formulation:

In one beaker with 250mL warm tap water (~80° F):

dissolve 1 tsp iodized table salt
dissolve 4 Tbsp Arm & Hammer washing soda
dissolve 1/4 tsp crushed vitamin C tablets

In a second beaker with 250mL warm tap water (~80° F):

dissolve 6 Tbsp Folgers instant coffee (*not* decaf)

Mix the two beakers just before use. During agitation, shake it very vigorously; pretend it's a cocktail shaker. We agitated for the first minute, and then 10 seconds after each additional minute, for a total of 17 minutes at an approximate 75°F. Rinse well (three rinses as stop bath, until the bath comes out clear) and then fix normally.

Coffee Coffee Coff…

April 29, 2011
Made with a homemade matchbox pinhole camera, shot on Acros 100, and developed in DD-X. Almost all of my shots were terribly over-exposed, which I find rather unbelievable but undeniable. Next year I'll need a faster shutter. Which is to say finger-over-the-pinhole. :)

Worldwide Pinhole …

April 26, 2011
Acros 100; Xtol.

The deep blankets of snow on everything remind me of a bit of Dickenson:

Snow beneath whose chilly softness
Some that never lay
Make their first Repose this Winter
I admonish Thee

Blanket Wealthier the Neighbor
We so new bestow
Than thine acclimated Creature
Wilt Thou, Austere Snow?

Hard Lines and Chi…

February 10, 2011
Vroooooooo... wait, whut?
Acros 100 developed in Xtol. Acros likes snow, by the way.

Racing at the Spee…

February 8, 2011
Most of my shots recently seem to be of this fella, and I've grown a bit reluctant to keep posting him... but I just can't resist this one. Had I gotten to developing film today, perhaps I would have posted something else. Perhaps tomorrow. :)
In other news, the Epson 4000 is alive and well, despite my best attempts to destroy it by completely disassembling the print head today. Replaced a damper, forced some ammonia+water through the matte black channel (below the damper), and it's better than before. Still not quite perfect, and I'll probably have to do the same again as it definitely improved things, but *damn* do the prints look good, even with a couple of nozzles that are misfiring a tiny tiny bit. I know that crazy perfectionist me will wind up flushing it again anyway.

A Bit of Snow

February 5, 2011
Drexel's campus, shot in late March on my 1947 Bessa 66. Delta 3200, pulled to 1600 and toned in Lightroom.

Spring was closing…

April 27, 2010
HP5+, EI 800. This was during the "Month Of Many Floods," also known as "Jorj Almost Builds An Ark But Instead Digs A Sump Pit." While it's not actually my house in this shot the title still seemed appropriate...

Through the rain, …

April 20, 2010
Surprise! C-41 (specifically, Fuji Pro 160S), from the Diacord L. Yes, this one's really from the Diacord L.
The surprise is that I managed to develop this in my basement. This was the second tank that went through the process; the count is now up to... lessee... 3 rolls of 35mm and 4 rolls of 120. The last roll is still drying.
I've spent several weeks trying to find an aquarium heater that I could modify to keep water at 102 degrees (the recommended temperature for the Tetenal C-41 kit). The best I've gotten is 98, and I broke two heaters in the process (one burnt out, and I cracked the glass on the second while reassembling it).
Initial impressions: C-41 isn't difficult, but it takes more concentration than straight B&W. The time certainly seems to pass faster since there's always something to do. And if you want to do this yourself, your money is better spent on a nice large insulated cooler rather than an aquarium heater. The method I'm settling in to is to fill the cooler with 110°F (43.3°C) water, bring the chemicals up to 102, add cold water to the cooler to bring it back to 104, and start processing when both are at 103. Over the development period the temperature of the cooler water drops to about 100.6°F, but it stays over 102 for the development phase. I suspend my stainless steel tank in the water during the development process. I haven't seen the latest results yet since they're still drying, but I'm quite hopeful.

Spring Magnolias

April 4, 2010
Fighting an awful cold, but it gave me a chance to snap this one in our back yard today. Not only were the snow drops poppin', but the Diacord G is alive and kickin'! Hellooooo 1958!
Shot on Acros 100. While I'm partial to HP5 at the moment, I do have a few rolls of 100-speed film kicking around for portraiture. Last night Jake and I set up some backdrops and lights (it's strange to see PocketWizards firing strobes from a 1958 hot shoe!) and shot some portraits of guests visiting us for a few days... I happened to have a few shots left on the roll, and this is one of those. I think this shot works well on Acros 100.

Signs of Life

March 8, 2010


February 27, 2010


February 26, 2010

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