Getting back into analogue

I have started to get back into film. I purchased a Nikon F60, F90x and Nikkor 28-80mm AF-D lens for just £55 to get going with 35mm. I also purchased some Ilford FP4, HP5 and Fomapan 200 and 400 film from Silverprint. I had good experiences with the Foma film in the past, but it seems to have a bad reputation for grain. I got some Rodinal which I have never used before and some Tanol (a staining developer from Wolfgang Moersch).

I also sorted out my darkroom which I have not used for about 6 or 7 years. The enlarger lenses have deteriorated and have fungus, but it is relatively cheap to replace them. At least with slower lenses like the Minolta Rokkor 50mm f4 which I picked up for £10 and a Minolta Rokkor 75mm for £30. These are lesser known lenses but have a good reputation. My LPL 7700 enlarger has some rust developing but still works. I have loads of trays, chemical containers, a print washer, a dry mount press, RH Analyser and a print dryer among other things.

There is also a lot of old paper from my last foray into the darkroom. Mostly lithable paper like Foma, Slavich, Kentmere Kentona and Adox. I hope it still works, but it has not been stored very well. Lith printing was one of my favourite types of darkroom endeavour.

Here are a couple of attempts at developing Fomapan 200 in Rodinal (or rather Foma’s version of it). These were scanned on my Plustek 8100.

Skull. Fomapan 200 rated at 200. Rodinal 1+25.

Still life with pears. Fomapan 200 rated 200. Rodinal 1+25.

My first zine

I have decided to try and create a few zines for distribution as physical manifestations of photo essays.

The first one is a collection of 38 images of Chicago taken over several visits.

This was partly inspired by:

I printed out the images on a laser printer to try and make an initial arrangement.

The result has been sent to the printers.

You can have a look at it online here.

Textures

Playing around with textures. These were edited into black and white images in Capture One 12 and then a couple of textures were overplayed in On1 photo raw. This gives the images their toned appearance.

Both were taken with a Nikon D7100 and an old Nikkor 35mm/f2 AIS lens.

The Fuji Finepix S9500

On my way to Denmark in the winter of 2006 for a workshop I got hold of a Fuji Finepix S9500 at the airport in a sale. I was mainly shooting film at the time and this was just a random purchase because I was bored. The camera was not very good and suffered from rather bad purple fringing. According to reviews at the time this was Fuji’s attempt at designing a compact DSLR-like camera, but with a fixed zoom lens. I did not keep it very long. It had a very slow RAW processing engine which I did not use for the shots below which are from JPEGs.

However, looking back at some of the images recently and converting them to monochrome in Capture One 12, they are not all that bad for a bridge camera.

These shots were taken near a place called Skørping in Jutland.

I fortunately also took my Fuji GA645 film rangefinder which was a much better camera and made some lith prints from the negatives. Here are a couple of examples:

These were printed on Fomatone MG classic with Fotospeed LD20 (25a+25b+950, +500 old brown) at 25 Celcius. It appears that this developer has unfortunately recently been discontinued.