In my recent experiments with modified stand development I was surprised to find that I could not only reduce contrast in the highlights but actually improved middle and lower values separation with almost half a stop film speed increase. The following results are from stand developing FP4 4x5 sheet film with Foma R09 and Ilford... Continue reading "Modified Stand Development Ilford FP4 with Foma R09 and LC29"
Film speed test - use just 2 sheets of film - no densitometers Film speed test using Ilford FP4 to establish your personal film exposure index and normal development time - no need for densitometers with this visual check using a graphic arts step-wedge tablet. What I am going to explain below is a quick... Continue reading "Film speed test Ilford FP4 no densitometer"
Loading Sheet Film Loading Sheet Film Double Darks 4x5. This is a very rough and basic video of showing the steps involved in loading 4x5 sheet film into a double dark film holder. Obviously these steps need to be made in total darkness, regardless of whether you are using black and white or colour film.... Continue reading "Loading Sheet Film Double Darks 4×5"
Overdeveloped negatives, we all have them hidden away somewhere. You know, one of those bullet proof negatives that we look at despairingly knowing it is going to be difficult to print. And this is one of mine, which I have been putting off printing for several decades. You only have to see it on the... Continue reading "Overdeveloped negatives | printing from difficult negatives"
Sekonic L758D and the Zone System: a quick guide explaining how to measure the contrast range of a scene to determine a Zone System exposure. I am assuming general knowledge of the Zone System not covered here. There are some excellent references in my Film Resource Kit available to all my subscribers. For information about... Continue reading "Sekonic L758D and the Zone System"
Last year I started experimenting with processing my own Velvia 4x5 with Tetenal E-6 rather than send them to a lab as I have done for many years. The truth is that I am currently using much less 4x5 colour than I did in the past and instead find myself using a lot more black... Continue reading "Velvia 4×5 with Tetenal E-6 developed in Jobo processor"
A one shot processing technique for 4x5 velvia using tetenal E6 and optimal film chemistry capacity
Velvia 4x5 tetenal E6 3 bath process, an alternative to sending your chromes to the lab. This past week I have been trialing Tetenal's 3 bath E6 process with 4x5 velvia. I must admit I had a little trepidation about undertaking a colour process. The last time I processed colour slide it was as a young... Continue reading "Velvia 4×5 tetenal E6 3 bath"
Processing 120 film with excessive curling can cause the film to jam or be damaged when loading into spiral reels for tank development. The following is a description of how I load 120 film with excessive curl into a daylight film tank for processing. Obviously all the steps shown must be completed in total darkness,... Continue reading "Processing 120 film with excessive curl"
Fremantle Bridge pipes as a film test subject to experiment with film speed and contrast. Film tests can be time consuming and generally bore me to tears, but every now and then they are a necessary evil. So to make it a little more interesting I tried to find some local subject matter that had... Continue reading "Fremantle Bridge Pipes film test exposure index 4×5 sheet film"