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The art of film development

A large format camera is quite a different beast from the cameras that most people are used to. Throughout my blog I’ve made references that are unfamiliar to many as they relate to using this type of camera. So, for those that might wish to know more, in a short series of posts I’m going […]

The art of using a large format camera

A large format camera is quite a different beast from the cameras that most people are used to. Throughout my blog I’ve made references that are unfamiliar to many as they relate to using this type of camera. So, for those that might wish to know more, in a short series of posts I’m going […]

The power of negative thinking

A well produced negative is, or should be, the primary aim of any photographer. If done well, it should be easier to create a final print with the desired look without too much wrangling in the darkroom – physical or digital. A good negative allows you to play ‘tunes’ and create a range of prints […]

Light, Camera, No Action!

This past weekend saw an initial flurry of portrait sessions. We completed 3 on Saturday and 4 on the Sunday – 2 shots each session using 1 film holder each time. This constraint puts a lot of pressure on – the framing, composition, exposure etc has to be right even before the first shot is […]

By Jove! I think the boy has it.

Another day and another couple of shots for more development testing. Owing to a complete failure to take comprehensive notes I’d forgotten my preferred development times for the film and developer combination that I’m using for the project. I did, once up on a time, have them nicely dialled-in resulting in images like this one […]

On the importance of taking notes

The next stage in ‘getting ready’ is to dial in the required development times. Looking back at previous photographs, I can see I did have this spot on but, being the copious note taker, my records are a little ‘unclear’ on the exact timings I used. In truth, I don’t think I ever recorded them […]

What once was lost shall be found!

Yesterday I tried to scan my first sheets of 8×10 film but was thwarted by the fact that I could not find my film area guide. This is just a flimsy piece of plastic that helps the scanner calibrate before scanning. Without this simple piece I couldn’t get an image at all. I searched the […]

All present and correct! Well, almost.

After committing to this project publicly, I had the sudden realisation that I would need to pull out quite a few of the things I would need from storage. You see, I haven’t used this camera and processing gear for a while – that was partly behind the desire to ‘do something’ with it. Now, […]

Flyers done!

Today we have completed the flyer and distributed them to the households in the village that are not on the What’s App group. Hopefully we can get complete coverage of the village and have everybody take part. What should have been a quick job to create the flyer actually took way longer than expected. The […]

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