52:500c – Week 26 – Close to Home

How about that, made it to the half-way mark! That’s right Week 26, 50% there, it’s all downhill from here…at least I hope. But anyways, after over a week away I figured that I would stick close to home. Taking advantage of the beautiful weather we’re enjoying here in southern Ontario and that Heather’s parents have a family pass to the various Halton Conservation areas we went for a lovely Sunday afternoon hike while some of our contribution towards that evening’s potluck was in the slow cooker and headed out to Heather’s favourite hiking spot, Hilton Falls.



While today it’s a lovely hike with a waterfall, it once was home, like many waterfalls in the region, to a mill. It’s nothing more than some ruins now but it does make for a lovely spot to hike. The falls themselves were looking a little small due to the lack of rain but still made for a lovely afternoon. The trouble is when hiking it’s hard to find shots that aren’t cliche, so I often found myself looking into the woods, trying to find some detail that I’d missed in the past. It was tough, but once I got up to the area around the falls I was able to shoot a majority of the roll.



On a more technical aspect for this week, I finally broke down and bought a 45-degree finder for the Hasselblad, after having trouble using the tripod at full height and the waist level finder on my trip last week it made working with the camera in bright sunlight super easy! I also brought in a new developer FA-1027. I learned about this particular developer from an episode of the Film Photography Podcast and just had to check it out! The trouble was that there were no developing times for RPX 100 listed on the box or on the massive development chart. So I looked at both Delta 100, Acros 100 and TMax 100 and compared known times with that of RPX 100 and settled on nine and a half minutes, exactly what TMax 100 takes and sure enough it turned out wonderfully!




Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Rollei RPX 100 @ ASA-100
FA-1027 (1+14) 9:30 @ 20C
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)

2 thoughts on “52:500c – Week 26 – Close to Home

  1. FA-1027 is also now my favorite developer. Was introduced to it at a workshop at the Photographer’s Formulary. Been very happy with how it develops Tmax.

    I really like your long exposure waterfall. that turned out very nice with the blurred people. I also like the stump.


    • Thanks! I’m rather impressed with the stuff! It does a great job with TMax, I used it on some 4×5 sheets of 100TMX. The stump is my personal favourite!


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