News: New premiums in Ferrania color reversal film resurrection

The above image, linked from the Kickstarter campaign, shows what 75% of the money raised will be paying for.

It seems wrong to post two Kickstarter posts in a row, but I’d be remiss if I did not talk about the resurrection of the 3M reversal film that quietly disappeared many years ago. There is a goal-met Kickstarter campaign for it, and the stretches keep getting better. I really like the approach they’re taking to creating a sustainable process for producing the film. And, let’s face it–there is not a whole lot of color reversal film being made, so I say take advantage of what’s new and help support further production of it. They have options in 35mm and 120 still, as well as Super 8mm and 16mm motion film, including some fun “I was here first” promotions in the form of display boxes and numbered films. You can even name a factory room after yourself!

While reversal film is archaic in the commercial world, it is a joy to look at on the light table and to scan. Finding a good emulsion (alas, most are gone) is like finding the right fountain pen, or a lens with a lovely signature. It’s immediate (after developing) and you go back to it. Kodachrome 64 was a favorite of mine, for its depth and rich color, as was Astia 100F, for it’s muted palette. I’m looking forward to receiving my Ferrania film. I’m even tempted to dig up my old Super 8mm camera and get back into that!

News: CineStill Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Make 120 Film

I still have yet to shoot the two rolls of CineStill 35mm film that I bought from Freestyle Photo months ago (many months ago). I guess I haven’t been in the presence of anything dramatic enough in tungsten light to warrant burning a roll. Anyway, that’s my own problem and I’ll shut up about it.

CineStill is now crowdfunding the production of the same film in 120 size. But it gets better, at least in my book: some pledges get vintage 70mm film canisters as their reward, to store the film in. For some reason, I am a total sucker for schwag like coffee mugs and tote bags. But I absolutely love containers of all kinds, and how often do they show up as a fundraising giveaway? Have you any NPR boxes? Film cases with your local art organization’s logo? I think not.

So head over here and check out the scene. For $100, you can get 5 rolls of film and 5 vintage metal canisters!

(images linked from the Kickstarter campaign – I trust you don’t mind, CineStill!)

A redwood forest, my Hasselblad, and Tri-X

Black and white photograph of a redwood forest.

Redwood in shadow. Hasselblad 500C/M, 80mm Planar, Tri-X, Diafine.

The Bay area of northern California is one of my favorite places to visit.┬áThe parks are awe-inspiring and easily accessible. The diversity of flora and fauna is wonderful to take in, especially with a child along for the hike. In fact, my son makes most of our hiking decisions, based on which birds of prey he wants to see. Read more…

One portrait of an author, four films


My dear friend Marcus Baram is coming out with a book shortly, and he asked me to take the obligatory author photo for the dustjacket. I was flattered of course and said “yes!” immediately. The book is Pieces of a Man, an autobiography of the brilliant Gil Scott-Heron.
As with any photography project of mine (including walking the dog), I practically had an anxiety attack over which cameras and films to use. I wanted to bring it all over to Marcus’s photogenic Brooklyn stoop on my bike, so my panicked “screw it, I’m taking everything!” didn’t ultimately work. I’m serious–I had the Hasselblad and three lenses, 40/80/150; two Leica M bodies and three lenses there: 25, 50, and 90; a shitload of film. And by that I mean way more film than I could shoot in a week, much less an hour. Read more…

TMZ – it’s not just for celebrity meltdowns

T-Max P3200, also known as TMZ (on the rebate, or edge of the film), is a film I only very occasionally love. Pushing Tri-X is usually a better solution for me when I’m shooting in low light. But every once in a while I look at the pile of TMZ I still have, shrug my shoulders, and let ‘er rip.


I took this with a Ricoh GR1 and developed it in Rodinal (my first time developing TMZ in Rodinal). It’s perfect.

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Checking out APH09 with Tri-X and Plus-X

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Black Slim Devil (22mm lens, fixed shutter) and Arista Premium 400 (Tri-X) developed in APH 09

Our friend at Cooking Film┬áturned me on to Adox’s APH 09 developer via some forgotten post. Supposedly it’s the “old” formulation of Rodinal, thought it’s thought to have been tweaked a couple of years ago so that the old standard dilution of 1+40 is now 1+50. I assume that’s so you can reference contemporary Rodinal development times more easily, as the standards are in multiples of 25. Read more…

Reciprocity Redemption

Construction time again. Tri-X 4x5/320TXP @1000, Diafine, Orbitar 4x5 Wide Angle, Uper-Angulon 1:8/65, 50 seconds, f27

Construction time again. Tri-X 4×5/320TXP @1000, Diafine, Orbitar 4×5 Wide Angle, Super-Angulon 1:8/65, 50 seconds, f27

Undaunted by the previous night’s debacle, I jumped into last night’s shoot with purpose. Tripod issues? Use a different camera (the very small Orbitar 4×5 Wide Angle). Film holders jiggling the camera? Use the Grafmatic. You get the idea. I wanted success, even if modest.

They say “write what you know,” and last night I shot what was in front of me, my five-year-old son building a helicopter and garage/garden/house with Lego bricks. Read more…


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