Apr 28 2010

FlashBack – Golly, what a jiffy!

labs“It’s very likely your film will be in the lab before you have breakfast tomorrow.”

Apr 25 2010

Roll #16

Check this out, a bulk loaded roll of Tri-X.


I have recently been granted the privilege of using the darkroom belonging to a local school’s photography class. So, like olden days, I get to process and print this roll myself. Ahhh, the slick feel of the developer, the acrid reek of the fixer…Darkroom, I’ve missed you my love.



This roll has been nagging at me since I started this project. I don’t know how long ago it was loaded. It has to be at least 10 years ago, if not 15 or more.

So, of the three rolls of black and white I have left, I decided to start with it. I shot some stuff around town and took it to school to process.

I used 1:1 D-76 at approximately 68 degrees for 9 minutes.  I was following a chart they had in there  (Yeah, sorry, I don’t remember this stuff).  But according to this chart, it should have been 10. And that doesn’t surprise me, since my negatives are rather thin.

Yes, the fact that the film is ancient could also have something to do with that.

So this week, the class moves on to printing. That means you have to wait one more week to see any prints.

Oh, I’d like to also mention that I have embraced the old school tool kit by using only a 50mm on my film body loaded with Tri-X. Just like when I myself was a wee lass in a photo class.

Apr 18 2010

Results to #15

Results to #15

Processing: chain pharmacy

Time: next day

Price: $13.87 (processing, prints and photo CD)

The lady behind the counter asked if I wanted a photo CD, so I decided to spring the extra $3.29 for it. In previous posts I have confessed that my scanner is not the best, and many of the images posted are even worse than the prints themselves. In this post, I took the images from the CD, re-sized them and did a bit of color balance tweaking in PhotoShop.

If you remember, I went to this website for my photo assignment for this roll.


I admit, my first idea for “orange uptight sticks” is pretty goofy, maybe even lame.


So, I decided to move on to “black alert liquid.” Like there was any doubt what I would photograph for that.


Knowing that my sticks photo was pretty lame, I ventured outside and looked around. I found these. I am pretty happy with these images.  It goes to show, if you follow through with something, even if it seems absurd (orange uptight sticks?  come on, that’s absurd!), sometimes you’ll surprise yourself at what you come up with!

As in the past, the Fuji film was fine. The lab did some of the prints too cyan for my taste, but that was what made the photo CD so nice. I just opened them up in PhotoShop and corrected them, giving me better results than trying to correct the color from scanned prints.

Apr 14 2010

FlashBack 3D

I went to the pro lab with the “3D” negatives, and sure enough, they could print them.  The guy put one of the three-frame exposures into a medium format sized neg carrier, cropped off the top and bottom and there you go!

There’s a bit of flare along the bottom edge.  But he ran it through for me for free because he was eager to prove that it wasn’t impossible to do.  I’m sure the flare could be eliminated with a bit of tweaking.

By the way, he also mentioned how stupid it was that the other lab separated many of the groups of three frames when they cut the negs.  ..something the pro lab would never do, even for a stupid project like mine.

Hurray for pro-labs!

Apr 11 2010

Roll #15

I ran across this website that’s supposed to randomly generate photo assignments. My first hit was “orange uptight sticks.”

Hmm, I suppose I could come up with something for that. But just in case I can’t, I hit the button again.

“black alert liquid.” That’s actually too easy!

I’ll look for sticks first, and if I can’t find anything to my liking, I’ll move on to the liquid.


I’ll use a roll of the old Fuji newspaper stock.