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…

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…