Tag Archives: film

“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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Will digital do this?


I recently finished processing this shot, taken with my Leica R4s ModP and the Summicron 90mm lens, and it struck me as a fine example of the sort of quality in the tones that film can deliver and but digital … 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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Commando delivers the goods


MY ENSIGN Commando continues to surprise with the quality it delivers. Here is a crop from a photo I took as the light was fading, so I had to shoot with the aperture wide open at f3.5 and focus as … Continue reading

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Six weeks with only film


Rethymnon city centre

The main centre of Rethymnon, shot 0n expired Fuji Pro 400H with an 80mm single-coated Tessar and a Pentacon Six

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The Ensign Selfix 220


BRITAIN’s camera manufacturing industry has been all but dead for almost half a century, yet in its heyday it was inventive and often took a different path from its Continental rivals. The leading British brand in the mid-20th Century was … 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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