February 3, 2017

Thinking

Thinking

This image was shot on a high speed Black & White film (ISO 400 with an EI of 800) and developed in Caffenol for 15 minutes. Agitation was for 30 seconds initially followed by three inversions every 2 minutes. In earlier posts I spoke more about Caffenol, action and formula. What I tried  this time was to develop several roll of film and reuse the chemistry agin without any replenishment, and there was no discernible difference.

This shot was made with an older 35mm camera with a 20mm lens.

Two lights were used, one was placed on either side of the frame about even with the model. The light on the left is setup to illuminate the model’s back and the light on the right was setup just to illuminate a few areas to create an outline.

The contrast and exposure was adjusted and the image was cropped and using Lightroom..

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November 23, 2016

Pinhole Nude, Sitting

Pinhole Nude, Sitting

This image is from an ongoing series of images. I’m trying to see how much an image of a person can abstracted one way or another and still remain recognizable or where it starts to be unrecognizable.

This image was shot on a medium speed Black & White film (ISO 200 with an EI of 200) and developed in caffenol for 30 minutes. Agitation was for 30 seconds initially followed by three inversions every 2 minutes. In earlier posts I spoke more about caffenol, action and formula.

The pinhole I used was equivalent to an f/stop of 100 ( 0.50 pinhole with a focal length on 50mm)

One light was used, it was placed to the left of the frame and in front and off to the side. of the model.

The contrast and exposure was adjusted and the image was cropped and using Lightroom.

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October 17, 2016

Tree Stump on a Foggy Day

Tree Stump on a Foggy Day

I was walking along the beach at low tide and came across an area with quite a lot of tree stumps partially embedded in the sand. This one caught my interest, the seagrass/seaweed surrounding the stump suggested to me the appearance of a beard.

It was a very foggy day. The background appears to be sky but it’s the horizon. The chsangell here was to add some contrast.

This image was shot on a high speed (ISO 400) Black & White film and developed in HC-110 Dilution H (1+63) for 11 minutes. I used HC-110 because it increases contrast but at the dilution only adds a little contrast. Also at this concentration the solvent action of  HC-110 is minimal and increases the apparent sharpness.

The negatives were scanned into Lightroom where contrast could be tweaked. I also a Lightroom tool to remove trash witch was left laying around.

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October 15, 2016

Vanishing Points

Vanishing Points

I just returned from a trip to Ireland and I was hoping to share some images of my trip BUT (there’s always a but). The Irish equivalent of the TSA monitors security. The monitor who I was sent to refused to hand check my film. I used ISO 400 film rated at a EI of 3200 I tried to explain what would happen. I was told the film either goes through X-ray or into the garbage.

I developed one roll to evaluate the results and found it was ruined. I think I’ll try to develop the next roll at an EI of 400, and hope.

I decided to use an old image out of my archives for this post. 

I was studying how multiple sets of parallel lines’ vanishing points interact. Using them to balance negative areas.

This image was shot on a high speed (ISO 400) Black & White film and developed in Rodinal 1+50 for 17 minutes. I used Rodinal for it’s compensating properties. This image was taken at midday with a clear sky and bright sun creating a high contrast situation. To help control contrast I adjusted my normal agitation regiment with much less agitation; vigorous agitation for 15 seconds then three inversions every three minutes. With this regiment of agitation I was able to reduce considerably.

THe negatives were scanned into Lightroom were able to tweak contrast a bit. I also a Lightroom tool to remove trash witch was left laying around.

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September 25, 2016

You've Heard of Ducks in a Row

You’ve Heard of Ducks in a Row

This was the next negative from my last post. All the information was the same, but I’ll repeat it.

The film was developed normally then scanned into Lightroom where some adjustments were made.

This image was shot on a high speed film and developed in HC-110 for 7.4 minutes. Development times are relative short, when I have a large number of rolls of film to develop the short development time comes in handy. HC-110 works as a silver solvent in higher concentrations but when diluted enough the silver solvent activity is nil (when the concentration is high the solvent action reduces sharpness and acuity). I often push ISO 400 film to an EI of 1600 or even EI 3200 with good results. Also HC-110 is contrasty (HC stands for high contrast) which helps for flat lite scenes or when using lower contrast films.. I use dilution H (1+63) because there is no solvent action. The catch is for each roll of 35mm film you develop there must use at least 6 ml of the concentrate, that works out to 384 ml of working solution for each roll of 35mm film (or 120 film). If less than 6 ml is used there is not enough chemical to fully develop the film.

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You can contact me with any questions you may have.

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September 24, 2016

Gull on a Piling

Gull on a Piling

Looking out over the bay there were hundreds of pilings. I don’t know if they were being used but it created an interesting abstract.

The film was developed normally then scanned into Lightroom where some adjustments were made.

This image was shot on a high speed film and developed in HC-110 for 7.4 minutes. Development times are relative short, when I have a large number of rolls of film to develop the short development time comes in handy. HC-110 works as a silver solvent in higher concentrations but when diluted enough the silver solvent activity is nil (when the concentration is high the solvent action reduces sharpness and acuity). I often push ISO 400 film to an EI of 1600 or even EI 3200 with good results. Also HC-110 is contrasty (HC stands for high contrast) which helps for flat lite scenes or when using lower contrast films.. I use dilution H (1+63) because there is no solvent action. The catch is for each roll of 35mm film you develop there must use at least 6 ml of the concentrate, that works out to 384 ml of working solution for each roll of 35mm film (or 120 film). If less than 6 ml is used there is not enough chemical to fully develop the film.

Check out my other blog onefotoperday.wordpress.com It is mostly digital photography and lighting setups.

You can contact me with any questions you may have.

I’ve been asked if my images are for sale, most are, please ask.

Seeking gallery representation.

Do not copy or use any of the images or text here or herein without written consent. Do not remove the copyright notice from any of my images. © Copyright 2013 Stan Katz, All Rights Reserved.

September 21

Birches and Beaches

Birches and Beaches

This image is from a scanned “Lith” print.

Initially the image was captured on a high speed film and developed normally.  Then it was printed as a “Lith” print.

A “Lith” print is a print made on an appropriate photographic paper (silver gelatin). Note not all silver gelatin papers are lithable. The process starts with overexposure by the enlarger (or contact print), then development in highly diluted lithography developer. The development progress is visual, when the image looks right it is pulled out of the developer and rinsed (or put in stop bath) then fixed. I rinse my prints in plain water because I use an alkaline fixer, an acid stop bath would neutralize the fixer.

This print was over exposed by three stops and developed for 45 seconds in lithography chemicals which were diluted fifteen times more than normal.

This image was printed on Black & White photographic paper. The coloration is created by the process not by toning. The grain is also a result of the process not from (necessarily) the film.

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