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
Either Way it’s the FPP! In a recent podcast I was listening to, the cast remarked that the FPP is underground and nobody writes about them, Will I’m aiming to change that.
For a while now I’ve turned to inexpensive film made in China to experiment on. These tended to be Shanghai GP3 and Lucky SHD100. Both iso 100 films, both could be problematic at times but their low price made them very appealing for not-so-critical, fun photography. Both were (are?) made in 35mm and 120 with Shanghai also having a 4×5 and bulk 35mm products.
Lately it’s been hard to find. There’s still some on Ebay but it’s price has gone up considerably, around
Sure it sounds weird, but I’m excited about this picture of a weird mushroom I took the other day. If you’re interested in large format 4×5 photography, stand development, Kodak Aero-Ektar lenses, niche films, etc., then this might interest you. If not here’s the picture and the link to purchase it: 🙂
If you have any problems with Shanghai sheet films like this:
Simply refer to this handy document 😜: