After my initial foray into Bromoil I decided to switch papers from Slavich Unibrom to Fomabrom Variant 113 to see whether it inked more easily. This post describes how I got on …Continue reading
I’m pleased with my recently purchased Mamiya-6 Folder. I’m beginning to understand its little quirks and it’s starting to do a reasonable job for me. Here are my early impressions…Continue reading
Pinhole photography inevitably requires long exposures. So one of the features of many pinhole images is the high contrast caused by the long exposures. I am investigating the use of Pyro developers with their compensating behaviour to reduce the overall contrast, particularly in the skies. I also want to incorporate some edge effects. Pinhole images are usually quite soft and this is not always something that I want. In the images below, the mud flats are better with some edge acutance.Continue reading
Bromoil was made for us neo-pictorialists. The long attention to a single image perhaps stretching to several days; the impressionistic rendering of a scene; the knowledge that what you do is connected to the many pioneers of photography such as Alfonso Louis Poitevan, John Pouncey and G. H. Rawlins to mention only a few; these reasons are sufficient to want to keep this old photographic process alive.
But it’s not easy … Continuing the spirit of this web-site, I share my mistakes.Continue reading
I’m not interested in keeping up with camera gear nor am I interested in ‘retail therapy’ but over the years I have acquired several camera systems for one reason or another. Recently I found myself reflecting on the reasons for buying each one. The progression tells a story – one towards increasing simplicity of technology and increasing pictorialism of outcome.Continue reading
This site is partly about sharing frustrations in learning film photography. A difficulty I am having at the moment is the appearance of tide-marks on my negatives after processing with Tetenal C-41 kit using a Jobo.
The tide marks are very evident in the photograph below. Shame, as I quite like the picture. I can clean the negative, but of course it’s better to avoid the problem in the first place.Continue reading
I like to play at both ends of the expressive scale: silver gelatin photography in the straight style at one end and something much more expressive at the other, such as Bromoil.Continue reading
A diary note: Some say that you should stick to one film/developer combination for a few years to get to know their intricacies. I’m not in that camp, as I like to play. Most of the time I use Ilford FP4, HP5 or XP2 Super. I’m not too fussy because most of the work in rendering a nice picture is done in the darkroom. What motivates me most when taking a photograph is to position the exposure so that I end up with a range of printing options.
Today I looked at Silvermax with Rodinal diluted at 1:50 at 20C.Continue reading
Some of the books that I have learned from. My favourites? Vestal, Thornton, Blakemore and the Cookbooks.