Film Developing

Modified Stand Development Ilford FP4 with Foma R09 and LC29

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Modified Stand Development Ilford FP4

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 4×5 sheet film with Foma R09 and Ilford […]

Film Developing

Film speed test Ilford FP4 no densitometer

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Film speed test Ilford FP4

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 […]

Film Developing

Loading Sheet Film Double Darks 4×5

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Loading Sheet Film Double Darks 4x5

Loading Sheet Film Loading Sheet Film Double Darks 4×5. This is a very rough and basic video of showing the steps involved in loading 4×5 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. […]

Darkroom Printing

Overdeveloped negatives | printing from difficult negatives

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Overdeveloped negatives | printing from difficult negatives

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 […]

Film Developing

Processing 120 film with excessive curl

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Processing 120 film with excessive curl in the film base

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, […]

Film Developing

Fremantle Bridge Pipes film test exposure index 4×5 sheet film

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Film tests Pipes Fremantle

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 […]