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4x5 large format dip and dunk setup

Tragedy (narrowly) averted in the Darkroom!

So I had these 3 4×5 film holders loaded with exposed film. I hadn’t shot 4×5 in years and had no idea what was on them. They were probably shot around 2008-ish. One night I decided to get adventurous and develop them in a dip-and-dunk session.

For those that don’t know dip-and-dunk is when you place the sheets of film in hangers (or rolls on reels) and place them in containers of chemicals. It gets it’s name because agitation is achieved by, you guessed it, dipping read more

Fuji Neopan Acros film

Fuji hikes prices (again) and rumored disinterest in film.

Japan Camera Hunter has an article about Fuji’s announcement to raise prices. Initially I started reading this article to see just how much prices were going up. To my surprise the article not only mentioned the 10% price hike but also went on to speculate that Fuji is trying to wind down its presence in the film market read more

Canon AE-1 Ad from Playboy; March, 1979

Winners pick a winner! Canon AE-1s really strike a chord with me as one was my first “real” camera. It’s fun to catch old ads like this for a favorite. Star Trek fans might like to know this is the issue with Denise Crosby in it! 😉

  

Betty's Dreams 1

The Holga Factory Has Closed

It’s always sad when a bastion of film photography is lost but the announcement from Freestyle Photo that the Holga Factory has closed hits a bit harder for me.

The Holga 120S was one of my first medium format cameras right after the antique shop Ansco Sure Shot. I modded the crap out of it which was really fun. I still have it and still shoot with it some 15-ish years later. For a plastic toy camera they’re reasonably tough! I bough the 120PAN (6×12) a couple years ago, and read more

The Super Blood Moon of 2015 and ButtHurt.

The Super Blood Moon of 2015 (SBM2015) provided photographers who could see it a fantastic opportunity to capture a beautiful, spectacular, rare event. With a clear sky, long lens, tripod, and some understanding of exposure, you too could photograph quite a unique even in sublime detail. Shoot the moon it should be easy! Right?

Well it does test some chops. For starters you need a LONG lens. I used a 600mm/8 and wished it was a 1000mm. Much less than 500mm and you’ll be read more

My Evolution of Darkrooms

It’s perhaps counter intuitive at first, but the darkroom is not a static environment. Darkrooms evolve. Needs change, the film stocks or papers you prefer may change. You may luck upon an upgrade or change locations all together. It’s a workshop of sorts and the darkroom changes over time as the craftsman adapts it to more closely suit his or her processes and ambitions.
I’m mostly self taught in black and white film photography. If you read more

Lens Distortion and You


Lens distortion isn’t a topic surrounded by excitement but it is something to be aware of when choosing your equipment and composing images. Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ll still probably recognize at least one type of lens distortion. Heck it’s even boasted as a feature in some lenses!

The most common and recognized lens distortion is called Barrel Distortion. Wikipedia defines barrel distortion thusly:

In barrel distortion, image magnification decreases with read more