September 2011

Bronica SQ-Ai: Getting Re-acquainted

by Todd on September 29, 2011

I’m trying to spend a little more time with this camera, and with some color film as well. These are just a few random shots off my last roll of Portra 400. I’m really liking the colors with some of the shots, though it’s clear I would need to get a whole new grasp on […]

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Jake: 6×6 with Fuji PRO160S

by Todd on September 28, 2011

I think this is the first time I’ve shot this film. I had a half-shot roll in the Bronica, which I haven’t shot for months. I was shooting Jake’s senior pics (digital, of course) and decided I’d take a few with this old beast. I didn’t even know what film was in it, and I […]


Film: why do I bother?

by Todd on September 24, 2011

I’m having a lot of fun with this film thing. It’s been really gratifying to go through the process of shooting, developing, and scanning, and end up with something that I made myself, without any intervention (of course, I didn’t create the film, or design the lenses or the cameras, but we have to draw […]


My Grandma + I need a new Pentax

by Todd on September 22, 2011

That’s my grandma, taken a couple of weeks ago at her home in Fairfield. She’s 86. This is a pretty rare shot here, for a couple of reasons. First, a great smile, looking into the camera. Grandma’s well-known in the family for being cameraphobic. Usually if I get a picture of her, she’s either looking […]



by Todd on September 20, 2011

I spotted Jordan this past weekend, while going to the farmer’s market across from the Iowa City Civic Center. He was jumping over rails, running up walls, and all kinds of crazy stuff. I took a few frames of him in action, then asked if I could do a quick portrait. Nikon F100, Zeiss 100/2 […]


New shots on Ilford FP4

by Todd on September 19, 2011

Just sort of a random collection. Shot with the F100 and Zeiss 100/2 Makro-Planar (as usual…hehe…it’s hard not to use this great combo!). Developed in 1:25 Rodinal, for 10 minutes, in my new Kindermann metal tank. The feature shot of the truck, above, was shot at box speed (125), as were the first five shots […]


AckK! Developing Failure

by Todd on September 19, 2011

I am clearly still a n00b. I developed a roll of LegacyPro (Neopan) 100, pushed two stops, with the same 10-minute Rodinal (1:25) protocol I’ve been using lately, with horrible results: At first I had no idea what had gone wrong. Could have been the film, the developer, the scanner, etc. I was kinda bummed. […]


Metal Tanks and Reels

by Todd on September 19, 2011

When I first jumped into developing my own film, I thought the metal reels looked a lot harder to load, so I bought a cheap plastic tank with two plastic reels. They’ve basically been fine, and are indeed very easy to load. But one of the reels seems to have developed a problem, and my […]


Neopan 400 Pushed Two Stops

by Todd on September 15, 2011

While I’ve really liked the coarse grain of Rodinal stand development, I’m also pretty impressed with how clean a scan I can get by pushing the LegacyPro (Neopan) 400 by two stops and doing a quicker process, with frequent agitation. These were all shot at 1600, and processed for 10 minutes in 1:25 Rodinal, with […]


Kodak Ektar 100

by Todd on September 4, 2011

Nothing special here, just some snaps from a roll of Ektar which took me way too long to finish. All but two of these were in or near Eagle River, WI, where we vacationed this summer. The other two were taken at Jonathan and Laura’s wedding. Developed at Walgreen’s, scanned by me. Ektar colors are […]