Darkroomist

Mark O’Brien demo’s the FPP’s new Monobath

This has got to be the easiest way to process black and white film! Just the monobath, permawash, and water! Develop, stop, fix, all in one.

Available here:
Darkroom Supplies – FPP Super Monobath BW Developer (1 Liter)

Mark O’Brien’s Blog:
http://randomphoto.blogspot.com/

Developing Your Own Film – KISS

Mark F. O’Brien, Guest Blogger

KISS- Keep It Simple, Stupid. A piece of advice that was often used by engineers. I first learned how to develop my own b&w film in the early 1970s, as I was in an informal photo class in my high school. My first self-developed film was Kodak Plus-X from my Instamatic camera, and yes, i still have those negatives. It would be another 25 years before I was developing my own film again, and that first whiff of fixer brought it all back to me. Enthused read more

Summer 2016 Film Stash

Getting Ready For the Summer!


Still needing to add some iso400 35mm. Thinking about trying to bulk roll some HP5. You can catch a glimpse of some FPP rolls in there!

.45cal Pinup

From my first pinup shoot. Shot most of it on Efke KB100 because it was cheaper and hadn’t changed since the 40’s. I figured it’d be great stock for a mid-century themed shoot. I still have a few rolls floating around. I was shooting with two cameras at the time. One was a Canon A-1, 50mm/1.8 and a 100mm/2.9. I think I had a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Zoom too. The other was an EOS 650 with 50mm/1.8, and a 80-200 zoom. Also have a couple holga Pics from this shoot. 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).

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