Thoughts on New55’s R3 Monobath developer

New55, a company who’s primary goal is to bring back Polaroid’s Type 55 instant film, has released a new product that is making quite a splash. It’s called R3 monobath developer. Usually developing black and white film or paper is a three step process followed washing any remaining chemical residues off the film. You develop, read more

Access All Areas an Urbex How-to

The risks with urbex are real.


I’ve done some urbex photography and I will attest that it is no place to be foolish. There are risks and if urban exploration is something you chose to do with or without a camera you need to respect that. These buildings are old and unmaintained. You need to assess the risks and act accordingly. You need to be aware of your surroundings, the structure, the ceiling, the floors, environmental hazards like broken glass, you need to be on the look out for other people and feral dogs. This read more

Tri-X is 61!


A Wired Article points out that Tri-X is 61 years old this year.

I was a little slow on the uptake of Tri-X. My very first experience with black and white film in High School was with the brand new (then) Tmax. I distinctly remember my Photography Club proctor saying “I hope this works with regular developer because we don’t have any Tmax developer.” It did. Almost a decade later when I picked up photography again in 2001 Tmax was about all the local Ritz had.

I eventually read more

Analog Photography Auto Rap

I couldn’t resist doing a little analog photography ditty with the Auto Rap app 🙂 :

I Got Two Images in Lightbox Photographic’s MobilMagic XVIII Exhibit


Snap! I got two images accepted into Lightbox Phhotographic’s Mobil Magic XVIII exhibition! It’s a regular exhibition of camera phone art. It’s juried and comprised of the top 25. While it’s $10 per entry the Juror’s top choice is awarded $50 and EVERY submission is printed and mailed to you. For $10 that’s really read more

Manfrotto Monopod Clearance Deal at Walmart!


Last night I had to make a quick run to Walmart and took a quick look through their clearance isle. That’s when I happened upon this super deal. It’s a Manfrotto MMC3-01M monopod. They had it marked down to $10, Amazon has it listed for $24.75! It’s small, and I mean really small (I included and iPhone 3gs for size comparison). Fifteen and change inches long when collapsed read more

Lensbaby 1.0 Lens

The Lensbaby 1.0 Lens



I mentioned The Lensbaby Lens in a HiFi and LoFi approaches to film photography. The Lensbaby is a unique tool that can give your images a distinct look, but it’s also a bit of a double edged sword.

The Lensbaby is a take on plunger cam A lens mounted to some flexible tubing that you can get tilt, shift, and soft focus effects. Lensbaby took this concept and paired it with the single element soft read more