My Caffenol Experiment

It’s no secret to my friends that I like to try new things and I’m not afraid of trying new things. When I first read about Caffenol a few years ago, I was definitely captivated. I grew up shooting film and when I was in college, I spent most of my free time either shooting or in the darkroom developing and printing. I still love shooting film! If you have read any of my posts on film, you’ll see that I develop my film mostly using Ilford DDX developer. I’ll admit, I tried Caffenol a couple years ago and it…

Kodak TMax 400

Well, this summer kind of got away from me and so did my “Film of the Week” project. No excuses! Anyway, I’m back and this time I shot with Kodak TMax 400 film. TMax is like the staple film of most high school photography courses. Why? Mainly because it’s a very forgiving film, easy to develop and the end results are pretty good. A little about TMax 400. It’s a T-grain film. What is T-grain, you ask? It’s a tabular structure. Here is what Wikipedia says– In panchromatic emulsions, the sensitivity of the silver halide crystal is enhanced by sensitizing dyes that adsorb on the crystal…

Kodak 400TX (TRI-X)

Up this week is the iconic Kodak TRI-X film. Rated at 400 ASA, it’s a fast enough film to capture moving things so that’s probably why it was used so much in photojournalism. Kodak introduced the 35mm film in 1954 and word is that they introduced TRI-X sheet film in the 1940’s. Since I dug a little for Ilford’s history, I’ll do the same for Kodak. When you think of Kodak, if the name George Eastman and Rochester, New York don’t ring a bell, then you don’t know film. Eastman started making dry plates in 1878. Dry plates were a…

Month of Film – Part 3

My Month of Film has come to an end. I have to say that this was probably the most liberating month of shooting that I have had in years! No worries about anything digital except for scanning the negatives into the computer and editing my favorite images. I only used a few different films, Fuji Acros 100, Ilford FP4+,  and Ilford Delta 100 all developed in Ilford Ilfotec-DDX. The main thing I learned from this experiment was to take my time and think about what I was shooting. I made a point to look at shadows and light and also composition. To…

Ilford FP4+

Here we go! Week 1 of my Film of the Week series. I chose Ilford’s FP4+ because that’s what I had in the camera and right now it is my favorite film to shoot with. As I mentioned in my intro. post for the series, I will give as much information as possible about the film and also tell how I developed it. The camera and lens will always be the same – the Leica MP and the Voigtlander 35mm 1.4 Nokton Classic SC. So, how about a little history. In researching the beginning of FP4 film, I ran across…

Film of the Week

Well, it’s official, I am definitely obsessed with film now. I feel like I’ve gone back in time to when things were much simpler and you had to be a little more patient and a little more creative. I’ve done an article about developing black & white film in your kitchen and have devoted myself to just shooting film for the month of May. But there was something missing. I literally woke up in the middle of the night and decided I wanted to do a Film of the Week series. Crazy! There are a bunch of blog posts and…

A Month of Film – Part 2

I am now 2 weeks in to my Month of Film! I have to say that I am so invigorated and liberated doing this. I don’t even miss shooting digital in the least. For this update, I thought I’d talk about the camera I’ve been using the most and also the lenses, film, etc. At the end of the month, I will put up a slideshow of my favorite images from the month with as much technical stuff about each picture. A while back, I sold all of my DSLR equipment and bought some Fuji digital cameras, the X-T1, X-Pro…

A Month of Film – Part 1

Spring is finally here! After such a rough winter, I didn’t think it would ever warm up, but here it is. I figured what better way to welcome the weather than to go out and shoot – FILM! I have declared the month of May as “Film Only” month, no digital. Can I do it? Of course. I shoot with a couple of Leica cameras, my favorite, an MP and¬†also the wonderfully simple M4. I use a few¬†different films, Ilford Delta 100 and FP4 and also Fuji Acros 100. Each of those films have a different quality to them. So…

Cold Outside? Shoot Inside!

This winter has been especially nasty here in Kansas City. Right now it’s 7 degrees with some snow and sleet on the ground. Tonight, below zero temps. I am so sick of it to say the least. I love going outside and shooting but I must confess that I am a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures. In order to satisfy my desire to shoot something, I took a couple trips to a few antique malls. Score! I had the best time and antique stores are like a treasure trove of weird and vintage items just waiting to be…

So You Want to Shoot Film

So you want to start shooting film, but don’t have a film camera. I’m happy to say that film cameras are very affordable right now and you can find some really good deals at places like KEH, eBay or your local camera shop for some great gear. I repaired film cameras for almost 10 years so I’d like to share with you what to look for when buying a used film camera. I dug out my old Canon F1n with a 50mm 1.4 lens to give examples. Some of the most popular film cameras were the Canon AE-1 Program, the…