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
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
For a long while I never gave it a second thought..
Never thought about reading all of the reviews..or taking it as a serious medium
Micro Four Thirds technology seemed ok and I know a lot of photographers use it from time to time, but for some reason I saw it as just something that was shot on the side in between serious work
It’s totally my fault that I neglected these cameras/lenses/sensors and I’m glad I took the time to take a second look
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..
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.
Recently tensions around the country, and some parts of the world, have run high since the decisions not to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner were announced
New York, as always, has become a hotbed of protests and activism with many people from different walks of life joining together to stand up against what they believe to be a corrupt judicial and political system.
Of course you know I JUST HAD TO BE THERE FOR THAT
I came armed with the Fujifilm X100s by my side and wanted to tell the story, through pictures, of my experiences there.
Recently during my studies on film photography and development techniques, i came across the technique of “stand development”
Apparently, doing this allows you to push your film (depending on which you use) much more easily and increases the sharpness and shadow details of the images taken.
So of course, i sought more info on this subject and came across a video done by Chuck Jines who runs a YouTube channel i frequent from time to time called Chuck Jines Photography
He calls his style “Grit Street Photography” and using his stand development technique, he gets the gritty look and feel of his film photography.
I love the type of photographers and photography that instantly make you get up and want to elevate yourself.
To me, this is what it’s all about
Keep seeking the knowledge where you can find it, and put it to practice.
You’ll find your way with hard work and dedication