My apologies on the time between posts lately as I’ve just moved to a new place and also got a quick mini-vaca in recently (more on that later) from work
As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been developing ALL my black and white film with Caffenol (specifically Caffenol CL) in place of all the chemicals I used to use
I mostly shoot Kodak Tri-X, ilford HP5 and also the Lomo Earl Gray films these days. All have been developed in Caffenol mixtures
I was very serious about being happy (also a bit shocked) about the results I was seeing
But is it really as good as I’ve been viewing it or has the romance between this developer and I finally ended?
Ladies and Gentlemen and all readers of this blog, I finally decided to do it
You’ve probably already read a previous post where I mention this very dedicated group of individuals who use Coffee to develop film (more accurately Coffee, Vitamin C and Washing Soda)
If you’d like to catch up by reading that previous post, here is the LINK
After some searching on the inter webs, I located the holy grail for all things Caffenol, http://www.caffenol-cookbook.com/index.php
It’s chock full of recipes, tips, and other great resources
Hope all is well out there with you all in Internet Land
I’m writing this now to speak to you about 2 things:
One being my recent decision to move on from Micro 4/3rd Photography, and the other my experience with the Fuji XPro-1
Yes I’ve moved on from the Panasonic Lumix GX7 and the system i had put together
Today I’d like to tell you about a camera I’m slowly beginning to fall in love with
I think in part due to the fact it reminds me of my time with the Leica M when I first really started to delve deep into film photography but in a much larger format
It’s definitely not a camera that can fit in your pocket, but what you sacrifice you portability, you gain in image quality and resolution
The camera I’m speaking of is the Fuji GW690III, a fixed lens medium format film rangefinder
If you’ve never seen what one looks like, it’s basically a Leica M on steroids with some differences since it was designed by Fuji and not Leica
How many people have truly been frustrated or annoyed when looking over their own works?..
I know I have
It seems as though the more I learn and explore, I keep chasing this unattainable goal of satisfaction within myself to get where I want to be in my photos
Every so often you’ll get the very kind and humbling responses from others that view your work but deep inside it doesn’t feel like enough
You know it can be so much better
If you’re anything like me, you do a daily Ebay hunt to get those super deals from unsuspecting sellers who may not know how much the item they are selling is really worth.
From time to time, i truly strike GOLD and come across things I’ve been searching for for a long while AT CRAZY PRICES.
One of my most frequent searches is film, either 35mm or 120, since this is primarily what I shoot.
Recently, I came across not just one but TWO deals on film..my luck was on fire..or at least i was thinking this when i purchased the items.
There was only one catch with both films, they were both expired…
Lately I’ve been watching videos about bulk loading and how much it saves for those who shoot 35mm film heavily
I’ve always been interested in loading my own film cartridges, as well as trying out Kentmere 400 film.
I heard it’s very good in low light and can be pushed pretty well (i push to 1600 a lot so i wanted to see it in action)
I placed an order with B&H for a 100ft roll of Kentmere film and about 10 film cartridges. I purchased an AP Bulk Loader from Freestyle Photo, since the video here is using that similar model, and began shooting when i got outside
Recently I had the opportunity to purchase a used Leica M8 for a reasonable price..well…reasonable by Leica body standards, and in pretty good condition too!
I had never shot a digital rangefinder before, I mean aside from a quick tryout at a photo store I pass by frequently, so I decided to purchase this cam and add to the collection
I am very excited to put this camera through my regular “street walks exercise” that i usually do with my film cameras most of the time.
Now as many of you know, this was Leicas first attempt at delving into the digital market..so it had its fair share of issues.
Been a while i know…i’ve been up and down, left and right and all over the place lately.
Felt it was time for a much needed update 🙂
I recently did a shoot with a friend at his apartment to test out a new lens for my Pentax 645n and also to get more used to shooting in low light conditions.
We agreed that we would use one light source only, dimly lit, so when i would push the film there would be more shadow details.
I also decided to bring along my Leica M2, which i haven’t used in a while and was happy to have out with me.
It was kind of interesting having them both in my hands and switching between the two.
Every Leica shooter (or M mount rangefinder shooter) often dreams of getting their hands on one of those Summilux or Noctilux lenses to put on their camera.
They are of the finest craftsmanship and are legendary for performance and durability. People literally spend insane amounts of money to get one, or even a couple!
Like this will all of a sudden put you in the league of Henri Cartier Bresson or Gary Winogrand or any of those Leica greats we often read about and study
I have even found myself trying to justify selling a limb or every thing I cherish to purchase one lol..