Caffenol CL vs. Kodak HC110 😵

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Hello Everyone,

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?

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Finally! Caffenol CL 

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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

Rangefinder Love: Fuji GW690III

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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

Pushing Ilford Delta 400

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Hello Ladies and Gents

Hope all is well!

As of late, I’ve been doing lots of shooting with Ilford HP5 (bulk rolled) with HC-110 developer.

I use in both 35mm and 120 formats, the 120 is amazing especially when pushed with Rodinal or Pyro PMK

I really do enjoy that film and it works great for me, and as a matter of fact..when I really think about it, it’s possible Ilford HP5 is my favorite B&W film ever!

Actually, I think Ilford as a company may be making most of my favorite film products

Not a surprise since they’ve been dedicated to top notch film stuff for decades

So back to the subject..

My love for HP5 lead to me wanting to try out its brother, Delta 400, who i’ve heard great things about and have minimal experience with honestly..

My Trip to New Orleans with the Holga 120, Leica M2 and M8

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Hello everyone!

Not long ago I was fortunate enough to have saved enough $$$ for something I’ve been planning on doing for a long while.

A trip down to the “Big Easy” New Orleans, Louisiana!!

Once I felt comfortable with funds 🙂 I went forward and made reservations for the flight and hotel stay

Now, this trip was not just for vacation, but also to spend some time solely dedicated to photography.

During my planning for the trip, a couple things went through my mind..

Purchasing Expired Film: Hit or Miss?

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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…

My Day with Lomo Film

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hello everyone 🙂

For all you film photographers out there, I’m sure you’ve heard the whispers (or loud arguments) of how Lomography film is primarily a “novelty” “not to be taken seriously” or “not to be used professionally”

I know I have..I never really knew why people were saying these things

Whenever I used to pass by the NYC Store to get some 120 film developed/scanned (before I started to do myself) they were pretty nice to me

I admit I never bought the Lomo film while in store…but hey you never know right?

Well one day…I was having a some fun shooting on the streets and after finishing a roll I reached in my bag for more film and discovered I had forgotten to pack more film

I just happened to be near the store so I decided to go for it and purchase some of the Lomo Color Negative 400 ISO film

The 3 rolls right before i developed at home using the Tetenal C41 Kit

I purchased a pack of 3 rolls, loaded my M6 and went back out into midtown Manhattan

I’d like to share these results with you now and give my opinion afterwards


  
  

And now for my thoughts…

I honestly wish I would’ve tried out this film sooner.

I think it performed AMAZINGLY and the character of the film really added to the shots that I took

Maybe it’s me and my preference for how the good shot is made and developed…maybe i’m biased because it’s my own work…maybe i just love film photography so much that it’s hard for me to hate ANYTHING about it haha..or maybe this is a really good film with a bad rap..in either case, i’m happy with these shots and had fun experimenting with this film

This just goes to show that you can never take someone Else’s word on something.. go out and try it yourself and come to your own conclusions.

It’s the only way to really know

I don’t think this will be the last time I shoot Lomo film, I hear that their black and white 35mm is very good also!

Be sure to check out Lomography’s great site with some interesting articles and examples of work

http://www.lomography.com/

Peace and Blessings everyone

Bulk Loading and Kentmere 400 Film

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Lately I’ve been watching videos about bulk loading and how much it saves financially 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

DIY Rodinal

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Rodinal is one of the most popular and  widely used black and white film developers in the world.

It has been used by some of the greatest film photographers for its look, feel and amazing shelf life.

Often lasting years when kept in ideal conditions, you don’t need much of it to develop your film as its dilution ratios are much less compared to most film developers

My primary use of it, as well as many other photographers, has been for pushing certain films to higher ISOs using stand development techniques.

Rodinal’s performance with stand development has given me some amazing shadow detail and sharpness in images, specifically with films such as Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5.

The history of Rodinal hasn’t been paved in gold unfortunately..as its formula was in danger but saved due to its sale to other companies a couple times

Two Film Formats at Once

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Hello Everyone!

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.