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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 🙂 :

In depth explanation of how film works from the 1940 Society of Cinematographers

Film photography: HiFi or LoFi?

Which is your shooting style?

In the middle of the 20th century major advancements were made in the ability to record and playback audio, from vinyl LPs, to reel-to-reel tape, to FM radio and better amplifier design. Collectively this better sounding audio was marketed as High Fidelity or HiFi (which is also the nickname that wifi is a spin off of).

By the time I came along in the mid 1970s pretty much everything was HiFi. In the 1990s cassette based 4-track studio-in-a-box type of devices read more

How much is this Camera Worth?

If you’re like me you’re the family’s camera guy, photographer, photo man and all things photography related. If so you probably get this question a lot: “I have this XYXYXYX film camera, is it worth anything?” Usually someone standing near by could actually hear your eyes rolling. Most times the answer is “No” and not because you want it. It’s just that the film cameras with the highest production numbers were, with few exceptions, consumer oriented read more