Archive for November, 2008

Lucy and Ollie

And now for something completely different….

Lucy’s preschool has a traveling stuffed owl named Ollie. Along with Ollie comes a binder with a single page written by (the parents of) each child that had Ollie.

This is what we put together for Lucy.

I recognize that while we normally yell at her to stop jumping on her bed, I specifically asked her to do just that for this picture. Life is full of contradictions, isn’t it?

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Stella and magnifying glass

Two pictures from my latest roll of film. I’m still struggling with it. This last roll started on the spiral okay, but the last 1/4 of it just didn’t want to go on. I had to unroll it and start again. All this in my changing bag, which I’m beginning to believe is a major source of dust on the negatives. Argh….

This roll is Ilford Delta 3200 shot at ISO1600. I like the grain better than the film shot at 3200, but I think that I need to double check my dev times.


For some reason, I really like this picture. It’s been mis-processed (part of my mishaps processing this roll) and has an incredible amount of dust (and this is after I went through to try and spot heal it away). Nevertheless, I still like it. Not sure why. Perhaps I see it as a stolen moment. Stella trying to put or get a little something from her pocket and I happened to get it on film.

Now the experiments

Ugh. This is the part of film that I’m both looking forward to and dreading. Experimentation. I don’t understand how the film will respond in different situations, etc.

Plus, reading on line, there are about a zillion different developers and development techniques. Yikes. Add to that the scanning and it’s a many variable equation that doesn’t seem to converge.

Here are my kids captured using Ilford Delta 400 pushed to 800. Not too bad, but man, is it dark in the basement. Most all of the pictures are taken at f/2.8 or f/2.0. I was trying to stick to 1/60th, but I know that I pushed to 1/30th sometimes. I’m out of my comfort zone when I’m shooting like that.

But, for the most part, the pictures turned out okay. Not the best, but I was able to successfully get the pictures and develop them. The grain is definitely better than a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 shot at 3200. Right now I’ve got a roll of Ilford 3200 in my camera set to ISO1600. We’ll see how that turns out.

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First Roll of Black And White


I’ve just processed my first roll of black and white film.

Thanks to for the tutorial video. By far, the hardest part was getting the film onto the reel. I was using a stainless steel Adorama reel, and had practiced before hand but I still had some film touching film at the end of the roll. Fortunately, no pictures were harmed in the development process.

Lily in the Leaves

I’ve since purchased a Paterson reel from Calumet. It is significantly easier to get the film onto this reel. Perhaps with more practice I’d have gotten proficient with the stainless steel reel, but I’d rather just process, scan, and learn.

Little did I know that the Paterson reel wouldn’t fit into my stainless steel tank (D’OH!) so I should be getting my Paterson tank today.

Japan House

I guess you live and learn.

All of the negatives exhibited dust and a few spots. So, I still have to overcome that as well.

Tree Path

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Autumn in Champaign

Lily and I went to the Urbana arboretum to go photo exploring and just generally enjoy the weather. It’s been unseasonably warm this past week so this was our last hurrah.

Lily had a great time playing in the leaves and basically running around. We only lasted an hour, but it was a good one.

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More Black and White Exploration

I just got back a roll of film. It’s always a surprise to see what I took. I just never remember.

After not shooting for a bit, I’ve started to play with my film camera again. Specifically, I seem to have a penchant for dark black and white photos.
I’m not entirely sure why.

Hopefully these large pictures (by Flickr standards) won’t be too large, but I feel that the medium just doesn’t cut it for these pictures.

Plant on the tub

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