I’m fresh out of chemistry to process the rolls I’ve shot in the last little while, so this morning I wanted to go through some older work and see if I had overlooked anything. A few shots from a late-afternoon pub visit got me thinking about Dynamic Range and its use in the modern world of electron-based photography. Continue reading “Dynamic Range: Less is (Sometimes) More”
Ever get a filter on and wonder how much you should be compensating for decent exposure? Me too. All the time. Here’s a handy scan from Rollei that came out forever ago that answers those questions,and more. Continue reading “Handy Filter Cheat-Sheet”
OK, here’s the secret: there’s no secret.
When it comes to putting black-and-white film on a scanner, there’s no voodoo involved. It’s just physics. Simple physics that are refreshing after wresting the grizzly bear that is C41 colour film. Shooting photons through an emulsion and catching them on the backside is precisely what’s on the menu here. The only metric we’re dealing with is density, after all.
I’ve been using a different method for fixing film for a little over a year, and thought I should share with the class. It’s a good method that uses a higher dilution and produces crystal clear emulsion on my preferred stock, Ilford HP5+. Continue reading “2-Step Fixing for Black and White Film”
This is probably old news to most folks, but I thought I would pop a quick notebook entry up for posterity. I’ve published a review of the lovely Zeiss Ikon Box Tengor here on Twin Lens Reflux, and in that article mentioned that it was made for PanF and other slow films of its era. We all shoot in less than ideal conditions, and being able to make the most of dim conditions is convenient. Especially when your brightest aperture is a austere F9.0.
Seems to be a trend that many people would like to make more portraits but don’t know where to start. Being out and about is easy, lots of people enjoy bipedal photography in their hometowns or abroad. When you’ve photographed all the statuary and have creeped on all the great cars and been tossed out of all the coffee shops you’re left with the most intriguing and engaging part of any community. What makes the community. The people. Continue reading “The Human Landscape: Photographing Strangers”
An interesting question popped up today on my timeline about the definition of a “crappy photo”, and it really got me thinking about how much things have changed in terms of sharing and the value of an image.