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
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
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
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