Tag Archives: black and white

“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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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

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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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Discovering caffenol


FOLLOW-UP: Since writing what follows, I have tested this recipe on four more films, none of which turned out as well as the first despite my efforts to replicate the conditions exactly. I’m forced to conclude that this method does … Continue reading

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Slow progress in large format


EVERY new batch of large format shots turns out a little better than the last. It’s not the shooting that is the difficult part – the rules for that are not different than for anything else – it’s the processing … Continue reading

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The Souq Porter


An aged porter waits with his wheelbarrow for customers in Qatar’s Souq Waqif. Shot on a Mamiya C33 TLR with a 180mm lens and Tri-X 400 film. (Copyright Paul Cowan; no unauthorised use)

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Scanning B&W film with an Epson V500


THE Epson V500 scanner (now being superseded by the V600) is a very nifty bit of kit. I’ve had mine for a couple of years and have done something like 2,000 scans with it. However, getting the best results takes … Continue reading

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A chilling warning


CHILLING FILM helps protect it, right? Well, half right as I found out to my cost. Freezing or chilling film before use certainly helps to extend its life, but chilling it AFTER use is a different matter entirely. Once out … Continue reading

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