I plucked up the courage and developed 2 rolls of colour film, one a old film found at the back of a drawer with “Exposed?” written on it, and the other, out of date random colour film from Supaprints or something. that I’d loaded into the Minolta in November.
Compared to black and white development, colour is much trickier. Having made up the dilutions of solutions in the BelliniFoto C-41 kit, the problem was mainly trying to ensure the solutions were at 38oC. The chemicals are rather nastier too, so extra care needed too.
I went through the process and I have a feeling the developer wasn’t warm enough, and the bleach step may have overrun (I’m not sure of the effect of these problems) but when done I still had colour negatives that were scannable but look perhaps dark and underdeveloped?
The recently shot expired film appeared to be lacking green. As a result, the images were quite pinky-blue. The statue below (in Dundee) is a cupric green but not now.
To calm things down I needed to tweak things in Photoshop: de-saturate a little and add a subtle green tint. The result still have a nice, expired filmic quality but a little less nauseating.
Before you ask, no the lack green wasn’t a byproduct the development process. The other roll of film was only partly exposed and consisted of images taken in 2003, mainly of my kids, but here’s one of a younger me – with green. Ha!Read More
The very excellent YouTube channel The Art of Photography by Ted Forbes has a load of videos that are well worth watching, whether in relation to technique, profiles about photographic artists, or general ideas and concepts.
Another great feature is Ted gives every couple of weeks a photo assignment. You can then submit your image (via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and he puts together a selection of his favourites in a video. I submitted a couple times before but never been selected (to be honest the standard to rather high). However… this week the assignment was “Self portraits” and I was flippin’ chuffed to see my submission appear in the video of selected images.
I still think I look a bit grim but that’s art I suppose
My humble self at 1’08”Read More
The journey continues into home development. I finally finished a roll of Ilford HP5+ ISO 400 film and developed it last night (1:50 Rodinal, 11 minutes 20oC). The images seem to have come out quite nicely, with a satisfactory level of contrast, and the anticipated level of grain. Little of no work required in Photoshop.
I’ll publish the Flickr gallery into the Mono menu later, once all the images have been processed.Read More
My growing interest in film photography progresses. Next year I have a significant birthday (don’t ask) and I feel it would be a good time upgrade my camera. The problem is that my Sony A57 is not a problem. I works just great, and spending £600+ on a newer version (A68 or A77?) won’t bring much more than extra megapixels and Wifi. I just doesn’t seem that exciting.
Ok, I could get excited by a Sony a7RII, or even more excited by an Sony a9 but they cost thousands, and that ain’t gonna happen!
But I starting thinking about film. There’s something organic and natural that I’m getting from film. I like the process of shooting – thoughtful, measured, slow, economical (not in terms of money admittedly). I love my Minolta x-300 – all manual, simple, and I like the results (especially now I fixed the light leaks). So how do I improve on that?
It is beautiful. The Leica R6 (or R6.2 even better) date from the 1980s – 1990s and are pretty much fully manual (no P, A or S mode). The experience using this camera would be outstanding. A Leica is like a Rolex watch: a £10 Casio will tell me the time but where’s the pleasure in it. At my level of photography I don’t need a Leica, the images would not be much better than from the Minolta, but the pleasure of it, the inspiration…
Oh, the cost… well you’re looking at about £300-400 for the body and about the same again for 50mm lens, but it would be perfect. I can dream can’t I?Read More
A few years ago my great Aunty Dorothy (sadly no longer with us) gave me an old Kodak Brownie 6-twenty C (aka Box Brownie) that her husband (great Uncle Harry, who had died in the late 70s) had bought in a jumble sale. With the camera were 2 rolls of 620 black and white Kodak Verichrome Pan that had expired in September 1975.
Till now I had been unsure how to load the camera, what I would photograph, and how I would get it developed. However, since I have started developing my own film I felt empowered to load the camera (super-easy, but thank you people on YouTube) and take some photos around Glasgow and Troon (all 8 exposures you get from a film). The results are in the Box Brownie gallery but here’s a sample:
As you can see, the results weren’t great but nonetheless had an unexpectedness that you couldn’t (or wouldn’t) emulate in Photoshop. My guess is that the film was not in a good state after 42 years but I have also at least question whether the development process was ideal: an internet search for Rodinal on Verichrome gave one recipe of 10 mins 1:50 which I increased to 11 mins since the film was old (total guess work). The other problem is that the larger medium format negative wouldn’t fit into my film scanner so I had to scan using my old Epson Perfection scanner – not bad, but not brilliant either.
Another film to use and not sure how to use it. I have a trip to Northumberland next month so tempted to bring it along if I can get to Dunstanburgh.Read More