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…

Developing B&W Film in the Kitchen

Developing film is actually not a hard process at all. It just takes a little practice and patience to do it and get great results. Of course you need a film camera but those are really inexpensive now and you can get some really good equipment for just a few hundred dollars. Or perhaps you have an old Canon AE-1 or Nikon FE in your closet. Get some film and go for it. I like to use Ilford film. I have for years and the quality is consistent. Maybe because all they make is black and white film. I also…