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) won’t bring much more than extra megapixels and Wifi. I just just feel 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
Posted this image on Instagram and in the time it took to brush my teeth it had gathered 39 likes. Huh!? This nearly doubled over the next few hours – suddenly the biggest hitter
Not that I’m complaining. I like this image (the white edges are light leak incidentally, not deliberate) but no clue as to why it was so popular. If you could bottle it…Read More
The original plan was to set up a dark room and develop and print my own film. Not sure about the printing bit, but development is now been achieved. Like true scientist I kept notes, recorded the procedure and the results.
All the bits obtained from eBay:
Using the excellent Massive Development Chart I determined my film (Ilford Delta 400 Pro) needed 1:50 dilution developer for 18 mins (at 20oC). Other than struggling to get the film loaded on the spool, the process was super easy and it flippin’ worked!
One thing I noticed once scanned was how grainy this film is (oh and the camera has a light leak probably through the door hinge). The next film I used was Ilford Xp2. This is a C41 chemistry film that normally gets processed by a machine, and is uses dyes rather than silver (something like that). To develop needed 20 mins in 1:25, but finer I would say. I finished my Delta 400 film with the image above I took this photo immediately after with the new film.
Generally I would say I preferred the results from XP2 but perhaps I should interchange as grainy is nice too.