Well it is the end of the year afterall! 2012 for me was a year of experimentation, trying new things and learning. Not all has been successful, but hopefully I can use this new found knowledge to good effect in 2013. The biggest change in 2012 was a move to home developed film. This meant a massive overhaul in gear, losing all my digital gear in favour of an Olympus OM film system. That turned out to be a bit of a mistake, and I’m now back with a DSLR as well, though film is still one of my main passions in photography.
The last couple of rolls of Ektar seem to have missed the processor!
Here’s a few examples. Have to say I’m loving this film under blue skies, not so much under my favourite conditions of cloud cover with sun spots though, it always comes out flat and doesn’t pick out the sunspots at all. Not to worry, I have Velvia for that, and the newly acquired S3 of course 🙂
Ooh it’s exciting getting your hands on a roll of this stuff and it’s little canister rather sternly advising not to open the pot in daylight at all. Naturally of course the previous owner did just that, so despite my best efforts with this film it’s fate was already partly decided. How my heart sank when I pulled it off the developing spiral to see a black film leader. Never mind, it pales into insignificance when you see in all it’s glory the weird and wonderful world of HIE.
Here are the results. Not too bad given a) The film expired in 2003 b) God knows how it’s been stored c) I’ve never used it before, and there is no box speed d) I develop in Caffenol, which comes with no fixed list of developing times!
There is also e) I shot it in an OM4 Ti which has a patterned pressure plate,I knew this may cause problems but I had to find out what exactly – it’s pretty damn obvious now in the form of the textured appearance and even dark spots. I will have to source some backing paper for my next attempt.
The technicalities: All shot on OM4Ti in automatic mode, Zuiko 24mmf2.8 lens, metered at ISO200 through a Pentax red filter. Some also featured a Hoya CPL. Developed in Caffenol CH (Reinhold’s recipe) diluted 1:1 for 22 minutes at 25°c. The base was fogged throughout, and there are signs of streaking through the sprocket holes in underexposed portions.
A small local trip, to a place not very far from my home yet somehwere I have not been before – Trwyn Llanbedrog. The idea was simple – check out whether it’ worth a return visit! Naturally, I took pictures this time round too! The wind was biting, despite the beautiful cloudless sky! (You won’t hear me say beautiful and cloudless often!)
Gwaith Canol is one of many small scale granite quarries on the headland, but it has left the most photogenic set of remains – those of it’s jetty on what is now known as Quarry Beach. Between 1885 and 1921 it was operated by Llanbedrog Granite Co. Ltd, and was likely in the hands of 1873 Llanbedrog Quarry Co. Ltd before that. Between 1895 and 1900 the agent was a Thomas Lee Roberts, who was also fiddling around with other mineral prospects in the county.
The technicalities: Pentax LX with SMC-M 50mm f1.4 shot onto Kodak BW400CN film at EI50 (Red Filter in place), developed in Caffenol CH 1+1 dilution for 16 minutes. There was a little isue with uneven development which I reckon was down to the dilution of Sodium Bromide, will use a little extra next time to make up for it.