One of the great joys of shooting and developing one's own film is the ability to tweak and experiment. While it's true one needs to be prepared to have experiments fail - it's also true that when they succeed, it can introduce a new component to your shooting, furthering your unique creative vision. Behind Bellvue, Colorado. Nikon F6, Nikkor [...]
Flying with film doesn't need to be intimidating. This brief list of do's and don'ts will help get you and your film on the plane faster, easier and help insure success upon your return.
This is pretty exciting... (rather then re-hashing the same information, this post was lifted from DPReview) Kodak first announced the rebirth of Ektachrome way back in January at CES. Along with Kodak Alaris—who will distribute the 35mm Kodak Professional Ektachrome film for stills shooters—the company said it would bring back Ektachrome by the end of 2017... and then promptly stopped [...]
There are different schools of thought on whether one should use filters for their color film photography or not; each having its own merits. For example, why get a super high-quality lens and put a 'cheap' filter on it, effectively reducing the quality of glass the image has to travel through? Great question (you should never do this, btw). What about [...]
Champs Elysees, France 1957 For the past few months I've been working on scanning/archiving slides for my family. It's a big job - many hundreds of a mixture of very old (late 1950's) to just sort of old - made in the last few decades. Gornergrat, Switzerland 1957 Several reoccurring thoughts travel my mind as I [...]
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico. I am on my belly, as close to the front of the skull as I can be without touching the front element to his furry snout. This thing is w-i-d-e. This past February I returned to New Mexico's Bisti Wilderness in search of dramatic skies. Armed with the F6, a freshly repaired 645 ProTL [...]
Over Christmas we had the opportunity to visit Chicago again. Growing up in the suburbs I'd never had occasion to overnight in the city, with home being only 30 miles away. This trip we decided it was time we changed that. Harry Caray's, Chicago, Illinois Part of the Chicago at Night Series from December, 2016. Images made hand-held pushing Ilford [...]
A sea of dense, puffy clouds blanketed the Rockies this beautiful afernoon, with the occasional granite beheamoth poking its craggy head up through for a breath of crisp, high-altitude air. The Mountains seemed to wave hello to our little craft as we passed above, reminding me of humpback whales breaching in Alaska.
There are a few key differences between developing color vs. black and white films at home - most notably - temperature control. Black and white film is much less sensitive to minor variations in temperatures. Temperature matters - but in the ball park is usually good enough. Color is different. Minor variations in development time and temperatures can dramatically swing an image's color one way or another. This is what always held me up.
Out of the box the F6 is set to display possible shutter speeds from 1/8,000 of a second to 30 seconds. After 30 seconds the camera has the customary "bulb" setting, allowing you to trip the shutter manually (with something like the MC-30 cable release) for as long an exposure as you can hold the shutter release down for. Upper [...]