Category Archives: Black and White film

Articles about Black and White film photography

Scan size and quality surprise (Epson V500)


I’VE ALWAYS ASSUMED that the quality you get from making a large scan and then downsizing it is going to be much the same as just making a small scan to start with. I now know that it isn’t. As … Continue reading

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“f/8, and be there!”


This, supposedly, was the mantra of the Press photographer. f/8 would cover a multitude of sins and as long as you were there you probably got something that would be good enough for the paper. Those who remember the newspapers … Continue reading

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Souq Waqif, Doha


It’s taken a long time but I guess this image says I’m finally getting up to speed with the large format camera. Souq Waqif in Qatar, shot on Feb 13, 2013. Graflex Crown Graphic 4×5 camera, Rodenstock APO-Symmar 150 lens … Continue reading

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Primes, zooms, landscapes and panos


THE question cropped up in a forum discussion of whether primes are better than zooms. This is a fairly common question amd my response is that the best modern zooms are very nearly as good as any prime. My 70-200 … Continue reading

Posted in Black and White film, Canon 70-200 f2.8L, Colour film, Crete, Film, Greece, Islands, Leica R4s Mod P, Leitz Summicron 90, Lenses, Mamiya TLR, Sekor 180/4.5 super | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Unlucky ’13!


WHAT a start to the year! I decided to take a set of photos of my old cameras, all shot in black and white with medium format film. I thought they might have a chance of selling as wall art. … Continue reading

Posted in Developing film, film camera, Film cameras, Foma Developers, Ilford FP4, Lenses, Mamiya Sekor 105 TLR, Mamiya TLR, Photography, Problems, Scanning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Developing TMax 100 in 1+3 Fomapan Excel


THE only film developers I have managed to get so far are Fomadon P and Fomadon Excel. These are both powders intended for use in a stock solution. However, I prefer to dilute stock down to get a solution I … Continue reading

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Success at last!


This photo marks the first time that I have really got the hang of my large format kit – from loading the film holders, to setting the exposure to developing the film. It shows the tonality that I have been … Continue reading

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