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Posted in : Featured / Shooting Film on May 26th, 2012.

Quite a lot has happened since I last mentioned film on here.

I’ve shot and developed a couple of dozen assorted rolls of 35mm and 120 format black & white films with various dates of expiry ranging from a couple of years into the future to at least 22 years ago (that’s when they quit making Ilford FP4, beyond that I’ve no idea how old it is), photographed a range of different subjects with several different cameras and made my first ever wet prints.  The dining room has become my temporary darkroom until I have the time to properly convert the shed into something a bit more permanent.

To say that my first couple of rolls in almost 10 years were a bit of a disaster isn’t entirely accurate, although they definitely weren’t my best images.  Learning to trust the camera’s meter again takes a little getting used to after almost completely ignoring it with my DSLRs for the past decade and instead relying on the histogram.

Anyway, I am now the proud owner of two developing tanks, a 35mm bulk loader (which I have successfully managed to load with a 100ft roll of Ilford FP4+), three contact printers, a couple of grain focusers, two sets of Ilford multigrade filters, more tubs & tongs than I care to count, two enlargers (still hunting for negative plates to do 645 and 66), one Nova slot processor and about 1500 sheets of variously sized black & white paper – and a couple of big boxes of miscellaneous other bits.

I will get caught up and have everything posted within the coming weeks, but for now I present for you some images of Rachael from the Bronica ETRS, which I’ve had on loan for the last couple of weeks.

The following 5 images were shot on Ilford FP4+, developed in Ilford Ilfotec LC-29 at 1:29 dilution for 10 minutes @ 20°C.  Yellow filter used over the lens, metered with the Sekonic L718 and scanned from negative with the Epson Perfection V700.

The image up top in the header is also Ilford FP4+, but 35mm, shot with the Nikon N90s & 50mm f/1.8D with a yellow/green filter (metered in-camera).  Same developer, dilution, duration and temperature as above.  This was from the first roll out of the freshly stocked bulk loader.  So, at least now I know I didn’t screw that up (would’ve been an expensive mistake if I had).

For now, I have a shoot to prepare for, so until next time, happy shooting!


  1. Kenneth says:

    I have always been a film photographer since I became fascinated with the whole darkroom thing back in the 60′s. I started using miniature format and apart from a very brief visit into M/F it has remained that way.

    I use a German (Leica M) rangefinder system alongside a Japanese (Nikon F) SLR system, both manufacturers producing a distinctly different look and feel to my photographs.

    In the early days I was an active climber, mountaineer photographing colour reversal (Kodachrome II asa 25 but since the demise of that beautiful film stock `i have worked solely in B&W.

    I process all my own work in my darkroom in our cellar of our Yorkshire stone house and I seem mainly to use Agfa Rodinal these day with Ilford, Kodak and Fuji film stock. I am quite interested in exploring film stocks from Eastern Europe as the tend to have thier own rather quirky look to them.

    Although I mainly shoot film within recommended use by date I have no issues shooting out of date stocks and this film is often cheaper to use than current stock.

    I have never considered using digital media, in fact I am a digital Neanderthal, a condition that does not bother me as I believe I have a full lifetimes learning in traditional photography to entertain anything else.

    I am quite sad about the gradual demise of the local photographic dealer who are now being replaced with on-line retailers. The local dealer was always a font of knowledge and they became good friends the patronisation.

  2. DIY Film says:

    I’m fortunate here that there are two local camera shops in my city.

    One of these primarily deals with digital but still stocks some film and supplies (and buys in the occasional used film camera), and the other is still pretty heavily invested in film (although they admit they don’t sell a lot of film related gear these days), with many different types and sizes of paper, about 20 different developing chemicals, lots of used 35mm film cameras & lenses, and the odd enlarger.

    Both shops have some very knowledgeable employees in there, that are always keen to share advice (even if the person they’re talking to ultimately ends up not spending anything).