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!