Homebrew test – paRodinal 1:25

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Sitting in a 6×9 film holder for several months has been a roll of Kodak TMax 400 that I started, but never completed in my Chamonix.

On Sunday I determined to finish the film for testing with my home brew paRodinal at a dilution of 1:25. If the resulting negatives were satisfactory, I planned to use the paRodinal mixed with Xtol to develop some 4×5 sheets.

Forgetting that it was 400ASA film, I metered at 100ASA for the six exposures I took in the garden, and subsequently adjusted for this in development.

Firstly, I took 3 photos of a ripe seville orange with a Kodak Ektar 203mm f/7.7 lens, at 1/50th sec & f/7.7, 1/25th sec & f/11 and 1/10th sec & f16. The last shot (not included here) proved the shutter needs servicing, and the second shot is slightly blurred on the edges under magnification by a sudden breeze…

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Snow

Originally posted on 52 rolls:

One day when I’m cold, there will be snow on the ground;
If winter lies across the land, with a warm heart
Remember me.

Don’t be sad when I’m gone; wish for snow all around,
For freezing streams, clear skies, and kangaroo tracks
Leading to tall trees.

Wish for snow Wish for snow

Trees near Bowral Trees near Bowral

Bendooley vines Bendooley vines

Wintry paddocks Wintry paddocks

Kangaroo tracks at the cattle press Kangaroo tracks at the cattle press

It has been an unusually cold winter with snow falling across the highlands down to 700 metres around Sydney, and the nearby Illawarra. It provided me with an opportunity to practice my zone placement skills using snow. These photos were taken around Bowral, Berrima and Joadja using my Chamonix 045F1 view camera, with Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S 150mm lens, on Fomapan 100 film, and developed in PyrocatHD(1.1.100).

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Treatment

Originally posted on 52 rolls:

Silence
…you say you want silence, I feel numb within

Posts
…you say it is critical, I frame it deep within

Hide
…you say you want to see, I am crying within

Light and shade
…you say it is moody, I say it is charted within

Stages
…you say you know cancer, I wonder where it ends

Silence Silence

Posts Posts

Hide Hide

Light and shade Light and shade

Stages Stages

The last week has been pretty awful treatment wise: I was warned it would be hard, but know it will get better. Awareness doesn’t make it any easier. These images were made last week when I was feeling very low, and seemed to encapsulate where I was at the time, physically and emotionally.

Taken around sunset on Lake Illawarra at Windang using my Chamonix 045F1, with Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S 150mm, on Fomapan 100, and developed in Pyrocat HD.

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Winter time

Originally posted on 52 rolls:

With every new day, the sun moves south again.
With each wave, there is a cold cascade.
On every tide, rocks can break.

With every leaf, trees welcome break of day.
With each year, winds bend and shape.
And after life passes, presence fades.

With every new day With every new day

With each wave With each wave

On every tide On every tide

With every leaf With every leaf

With every year With each year

After life passes And after life passes

All photos taken with Chamonix 045F1 View Camera, with either Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S 150mm or Goerz Dagor 10 3/4″ lens. Except for the second photo which was taken on Fomapan 100 and developed in Xtol, all other were taken using TMax 400 and developed in D76.

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Run quick or hold your breath!

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Ever feel like you are under water holding your nose? The travails of everyday life and work tossing up challenges, making it hard to breathe? Feel like you are sitting on the bottom of a pool, or under the ocean, while the world and life just swims past, then away?

Is there an answer, I don’t know, and I’m not sure if even having one helps. I still try to be idealistically hopeful, but age, experience and reality temper my vision of the world.

I often resort to staying away from people, trying to find stillness in the contemplation of quite places.

Feeling this way, and knowing my partner Melody is experiencing similar frustrations, we drive to Red Point in Jervis Bay National Park, and I immerse myself in the landscape taking photographs.

Under Red Point Under Red Point

At high tide, waves lapping the base of the cliff under Red Point have…

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Everybody should have one

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On Saturday I purchased a Kodak Brownie No.2 Model F. It was in great condition, at a fabulous price, and I just happened to have a roll of size 120 film in the car.

Many millions of these practically unbreakable cameras were made between the First and Second World Wars, and opened photography to the masses. Everybody should have one today.

The camera can be set at one of three apertures f.16, f.22, and f32, has an instant shutter speed of around 1/50sec, but can also be set to stay open for long exposures with a T function.

If the sky ever clears on a moonless night I plan on trying some astrophotography, but in the interim I took it at on a stroll around Picnic Island near the entrance of Lake Illawarra.

This series was taken using Kodak TMax 100, and because I was feeling adventurous I developed it…

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Ugh, people!

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Last week Melody and I had some medical appointments which lead us to taking a stroll through Wollongong’s Friday markets in the Crown St Mall.

Wollongong has long and proud industrial history, and support for progressive social movements. Fortunately, the mall was relatively quiet and there were no protests to divert our attention or catch up with friends or acquaintances.

I am not a fan of market, malls or street photography, preferring instead the existential emptiness of being in landscapes devoid of people.

However, I had loaded a cassette of Kodak Hawkeye 2485 from a bulk roll and placed it into my Olympus AF-1 “Wet Flash” for a test shoot,  conjecturing that surveillance film might be a suitable vehicle for street photography. Hawkeye 2485 is nominally rated at 400ASA.

The “Wet Flash” usually identifies film speed from DX coding, but in this case I hoped an element of randomisation would…

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