On Wednesday we went to upper padley, in the peak district. Rather than taking my usual hiking setup of a tripod and a pinhole camera, I took my gas stove instead for hot drinks. As a lightweight alternative I took my holga, my m2, and film.
I know the place well enough now, so at times I found myself shooting for shallow depth of field and getting close, something that I don’t normally do. I don’t normally shoot wider than f8 unless the subject calls for it, such as a portrait in a busy environment.
I’m not that happy with the images, but it was a nice walk with the leica.
I have yet to develop the film from the holga, if it comes out okay in development, I’ll share in a second part.
Last night I tried c41 processing at home. I found it to be much faff and less enjoyable than black and white processing, but this morning, after processing more rolls, I think I have the process down.
I have the BelliniFoto Monopart C41 Kit from nik & trick. It features a developer, a bleach, fixer and a stabiliser to wash with. The main differences from a black and white process are the temperatures, which are much higher at 38c, and with this kit there are no water washes.
My main reason for getting a c41 kit was to finally process old colour films and to try the process. I stopped mostly shooting colour film towards the end of 2014 and started experimenting with black and white films, so there are a few colour films hanging about waiting for development.
The following is a complete 120 roll of ektar that I exposed with a holga pinhole camera on a trip to kent, 2015.
The following are the best bits from 2 rolls of agfa vista (re-branded fuji stuff) spanning 2014-15, featuring two camping trips. I think they were shot with a contax 139q, and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.7.
It looks like a tumblr blog, is that still a thing?
Currently burning more agfa vista 200 in my oly mju ii. I want to see what a freshly exposed pushed film will be like.
This film is something special, a totally new film with two emulsion layers.
I am really impressed with the amount of detail it can hold in the shadows when underexposed, and how much detail it retains in the blown highlights. Scanning and processing was a little tricky, I always scan for neutral tiff files and then batch edit with a curve later on. The neutral scans were muddy in the shadows -its like the film retains details too well, and it took me awhile to sort out but I had to curve down the blacks a lot more than I normally would with HP5.
Speaking of hp5, the images are similar in tone but the grain is very different. Up close the grains are smaller and there seems to be more, probably because of the 2 layers.
I developed the film in my go-to HC110 at dilution B for 9 mins at 20c as recommended by Bergger in the data sheets (though, on the box there’s no HC110 data.) The film has to be fixed for a longer time than most films and it drys very straight with no curling.
The images were shot with my leica m2 at 400 iso and are a mixed bunch.
The images have really nice tones but can I push the film to 1600 for some zone focusing street photography?
I wanted to do something different for materials and processes blah blah research for my FMP, so the holga camera out.
To make it more fun I taped a red filter over the lens:
The film is also processed differently from I what I usually do. I wanted to preserve highlights and have some sort of sharpness. To do this I agitated 15 secs every 3 minutes rather than 10 secs every minute. The film was pushed to 1600 (compensating for the red filter). Full technical: Developed in hc110 Dilution E at 20c for 14 minutes, agitated for 1 min at start then for 15 secs per 3 mins.
Here is the whole roll, from snapshot to blunder, of a walk around town looking for subject matter: