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?

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

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

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.

Should I Go Out in Crappy Weather?

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I think we’ve all been there..

You wake up with a special bounce out of bed ready to hit the streets and put in WORK

As you prepare your camera, your film (and/or batteries and SD cards) and your clothing, you look out the window and you see something that will even make some professional photographers sigh in disbelief..BAD WEATHER

Whether it’s snow, rain, hail, etc..

This can suck the wind out of your sails as far as wanting to exit the house

I mean it can also depend on if your equipment has weather sealing as well!

This is exactly what happened to me today

The Kodak / Pakon F135 Scanner

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Hello Everybody, hope all is well

I’ve been busy and studying hard as always (all the while juggling work and life) but it’s great to get back to the blog

As many of you know, i do a lot of film photography work (i prefer it even though i do work with Digital photography as well) and i develop 99% of it at home, mostly 35mm.

After i develop my 35mm rolls, i would always scan them using the Plustek 8200i film scanner and use the Silverfast or Vuescan software to convert them into JPG/Tiff format

This would take a very long time (even though i loved the results!) especially when developing 3-4 rolls at the end of the day, which is often

I began to think about how there may be a faster way of doing this without spending a lot of money on labs or much more expensive scanners..

Developing Film with Coffee?…

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Yes you read right

Well actually it takes more than just coffee to develop the film 🙂

There’s also Vitamin C and Washing Soda..which actually kind of makes it even less believable in my opinion lol..but I assure you it’s true, although traditional Fixer is still needed to fully develop the photos.

It’s called Caffenol, and it’s seemed to have gotten a large number of people back into film photography.

Eco Friendly Kodak XTOL Alternative?

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So as many of you have heard (or read) from my previous posts, i’m currently involved in a love affair with Kodak XTOL developer.

Ever since i first mixed my own and viewed the results at 1:1, i was hooked.

You can find more info on my previous post about it HERE

In my beliefs, i think if you are ever interested (or obsessed lol) on a subject you go and research and learn and seek more info..get involved in discussions, read forums, etc..

This has led me to so many projects i’ve taken up on my own that definitely made me a better experienced photographer.

It even helped me to become a part of the sort of photography i felt most comfortable in, this being Street Photography.

Back to the Streets: Leica M6

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If you’ve been paying attention to photography for the past 20 some odd years, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ve heard about the Leica M6.

It’s great performance and feel on the streets have been talked and debated about for years, and in many people’s eyes it’s considered the best Leica.

I will always hold the Leica M2 close to my heart because of how much it taught me and it’s awesome performance, so i believe that will always be my favorite..but this doesn’t take anything away from the M6. It’s an incredible photographic work of art

I’m not here to tell you that it is the best Leica, i definitely don’t even believe i’m even QUALIFIED to make such a bold statement like that.

All i know is that i haven’t been able to get my hands off of this camera ever since i got it.