Could it really be easier than developing Black and White film?
Ted Forbes from one of my favorite YouTube channels, The Art of Photography, definitely thinks so.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been thinking that the main reason why you don’t hear about more people developing color film at home is due to it being pretty complicated.
After watching this video Ted released recently on the steps taken to mix, make and develop with the chemicals it definitely does not look as difficult as I had first thought!
At a photography show a couple days ago in Hasbrouk Heights, NJ i found a seller with a couple rolls of Tri-X for a great price.
I decided to purchase some since i haven’t shot it in a long while
I’ve been shooting Ultrafine Xtreme 400 film almost exclusively for months now and decided i wanted to switch it up
As I’ve been watching numerous documentaries on both digital and film photography the feeling of inspiration has had my “trigger” finger ready to hit that shutter button 😉
So i put a day aside to take a number of rolls out with my Leica M3 and 50mm Summicron DR (oh how I’ve missed this combo too!)
What was planned as a casual day where maybe 1-2 rolls were shot ended up being 4-5 rolls lol
A lot of the time, It seems most everyone I speak to about photography just doesn’t understand why my main focus is in film photography.
I’m always hearing:
“Why are you going backwards?” “Why would you want to wait when you can get your results right now with digital?” “Forget that old school stuff, it only makes stuff harder for you”
I have a number of digital cameras that are more than capable of giving me the results I want AS FAR AS DIGITAL..but it still doesn’t compare to my love of film, it’s look and the process of it’s development.
With that being said, recently I took on a new project to take my experience with film even further and learn how to mix my own developer from powder.