Week 18, Wet Plate Collodion

Though technically not a ‘roll’ it still uses old-school stuff (really old) and was a hoot to take a workshop about. So for this week, I took a Tintype workshop using wet plate collodion with Jill Enfield. This is one of the oldest photographic processes, developed by Frederick Scott Archer around 1851. I’m sure many…

Week 17, PPV: Pano Pinhole w/Velvia

Spring and Velvia 50 go together like fish-n-chips. Again I took out the Vermeer Panoramic Pinhole, which has a curved film plane and a f-stop of 300. Along with the Velvia 50, I had a 0.9 neutral density filter (3 stop) in front of the pinhole, which resulted in exposures in 3:30 range. Location is…

Week 16, PPP: Pano Pinhole w/Portra

This was my Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day outing, and I decided to cross-process with my first batch of E-6 chems. Other than having more items to mix than C-41, I didn’t find it anymore difficult. Just get the chems and distilled water up to temp in a hot water bath (my sink, hot tap water…

Week 14, Salem CT

One of the neighboring towns has a quaint little ‘downtown’ area. I hadn’t been through this part of town in a while since there is a quicker way to drive when I need to go towards the shore. I hadn’t noticed that the afternoon sun was rather perfect for this area, and I had gone…

Week 13, Pickerel Lake

My family house borders a state park, which serves as the boat launch for Pickerel Lake. Across the street is a section of the Salmon River (CT) State Park, so we have lots of wildlife and forest habitat around us. I decided to head down to the lake after an early Spring snowfall with my…

Week 12, Pinhole Fun

Along with the panoramic pinhole from Week 11, I got a prototype 6×4.5 pinhole from Vermeer. One thing I love about both of these designs compared to my other Vermeer pinholes is the integral filter ring, which makes it easy to add ND filters or color filters for b&w. In this case, I shot most…

Week 11, Pano Pinhole

I bought a Vermeer panorama pinhole as a treat to experiment with super-wide shooting. It has a curved plane and shoots roughly 6x17cm negatives, so you only get four shots per roll of medium format. It is f300 and has a threaded filter ring for easy attachments of color filters. I had no real sense…

Week 10, Clouds

I had 2 rolls I managed to destroy by using oldish C-41 developer. The first was a roll of a St Patrick’s Day parade on Velvia 50, and the second a roll for expired film day, Fuji Super-G 400 (exp 1999). The developer was exhausted, the blix was fine, so the rolls came out nice…

Week 9: Hassy Test

I recently bought one of my dream cameras, a Hasselblad 500 C/M, with a Zeiss Sonnar 150mm/f4 (chrome, I’m guessing it was originally for a 500C) and a Planar 80mm/2.8 T*. I shot a test roll with it using Fuji Acros 100, developed in Rodinal 1+100, semi-stand (gentle inversions at start, 20 and 40 mins,…

Week 8, Tree Down!

One of my favorite trees in our backyard came crashing down as we got some rather intense wind gusts during a passing storm. This tree had been looking sickly for a while and I was expecting to have to take it down myself in the next year or so. It was a white ash tree,…

Week 7, Strobist Fun

I set up a sort of mini studio in my living room on a coffee table. The winter winds were howling and it was darn cold, so I decided to keep going with with my studio work using the Mamiya RB67. In this case I used a speedlight, a Phottix Mitros, along with a number…

Week 6, Indoors with a Mamiya RB67

I recently purchased a very nice Mamiya 67 with a Sekor K/L 127mm/3.5 lens and the SD back. For this project, I am restricting myself to medium format, and the only form factor I did not have yet was 6×7. I also want to start doing some studio work with strobes and/or continuous lighting, either…