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

Photostock 2015 Report

If you follow pretty much any of my profiles or this blog, you know I’m really big on Photostock, the annual Northern Michigan, mostly analog (chemical) photography meet up.

This year’s was awesome! I saw some great friends that I’ve met over the last 8 years and made some new ones all sharing the passion of film photography and alt process. Every year is different and this year was no exception. There were a range of great presenters, I got to see Bill Schwab’s brand read more

Useable Images from the Holga 120Pan!

Woohoo! I got my first printable negatives out of my Holga 120Pan. I got this camera a couple of years ago. I’ve since run about 6-7 rolls through it, some iso 100, one 400, one roll of ilford Delta 3200. This is Tri-X 400, shot with the camera in B mode using a lazy click-click on the shutter release. The roll of 3200 shot at the same location but with the Holga’s one shutter speed came out too thin. Still thicker than most rolls but definitely sub-optimal. I’m wondering if read more

Only the chimney remains.

Found this gem in Saginaw Township. It looks like it’s nestled deep in some creepy woods but it’s right next to a house and a subdivision, and a busy road. Evidence of our transience in the middle of suburbia.

I believe this was shot with the Konica Big Mini (fixed lens) on Arista Premium 400 (believed to be Tri-X), and processed in R09 (Rodinol).

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

An Urbex Poster is Born

There’s lots to love about shooting medium format film. The tonality is great, the latitude is incredible, and the ability to capture and reproduce fine detail is astounding. One way to really appreciate all this is to print BIG. In my darkroom I can go up to 16×20 which is a pretty serious size print. Problem is big paper is expensive. I usually shoot on the reasonably price Arista RC VC which is a bit over $2/sheet plus shipping. Handling wet FB paper that size is challenging. read more

Koni-Omega Rapid 200

The Koni-Omega Rapid

A friend of mine, John Mickevich, posted a picture of a new-to-him Koni-Omega he just received and it made me think I should write up mine. The basics of the camera system is that it’s a 6×7, medium format rangefinder. It has a somewhat unusual dial focusing system, and an extremely unusual film advance and cocking mechanism that’s been likened to a pump action shotgun. This is by no read more