Darkroomist
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

Success and failures!

How’s it goin’? 60/40. Pretty much sums it up. Let’s start with the failures so we end on a positive note. 

I saw two awesome shows in Chicago last year. Earthless, a power jam band, and Radio Moscow a blues driven power rock band. I took my Konica BigMini Zoom to both loaded with some Ilford Delta read more

vintage bikini pinup

Vintage Bikini Pinup Print

A pretty blonde woman poses in a loudly patterned bikini against a fence. I think this was a professional image. Her hair and makeup is extremely well done, the bikini would have been on point in terms of fashion for the time, her pose is natural looking but extremely well directed to accent her hourglass figure and legs, and the lighting is beautifully soft. Both people in front of and behind the camera knew what they were doing, and were good at it, when this image was created. My guess on this 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

Got my last printed FreeStyle catalog.


W00t! I got mine. It’s and end of one era as we transition to more and more e-commerce. I enjoyed the ride and FreeStyle’s catalogs. I can understand why we are where we are today and no doubt Freestyle will remain my go-to company for all things analog photography.

First print off my new (to me) enlarger!

Here it is, my first print off my Omega D5, which I picked up at Photostock 2015. It’s of my grandfather in law. Printing with this is very different than my Beseler 23c. This uses a Dichro head instead of a condenser.

Dichro heads use a diffuse light source, as apposed to columnated, which reduces contrast, increases exposure time, and has a different feel.

It kind of feels like I’m doing something wrong and I’m not getting prints that look how I expect but that’s ok. read more

I feel sooo….

Hmmmm….. What’s the word? LUCKY! I just received brick of 35mm Lucky SHD 100 ISO film via Hong Kong airmail. If this is the first time you’ve heard of Lucky film you’re not alone.

Lucky film is manufactured in China by the China Lucky Film Corporation. Founded in 1958 this company now makes a variety of products besides film. Their film is mostly marketed to markets in Asia but have found a cult following here in the US.

For a long time Lucky film had a stigma that it the read more