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New camera: Pentax PZ-1

by Todd on March 26, 2012

As much as I admire the antique gear, and the fact that I can still make great images with it, sometimes I want the camera to get out of my way when I’m shooting. Most importantly, I don’t want to have to worry about advancing the film. For getting out of the way and letting […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Parting Shot

by Todd on September 4, 2011

“Parting” for two reasons: it was one one of the last shots I took at this wedding, and it may be among my last professional wedding shots ever. Not because I haven’t enjoyed many aspects of every wedding I’ve shot, or because I wasn’t happy with the results. It just stresses me out to be […]

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Some New (for me) Ilford Films

by Todd on July 9, 2011

Sam was in yesterday for headshots, and I had some film I really wanted to try: Ilford HP5 Plus 400 and Ilford FP4 Plus 125. These were acquisitions from an expired film bargain bin, and I had never worked with either emulsion. So after getting a few digital shots in the bag, I broke out […]

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Kim on Three Films

by Todd on June 25, 2011

  My friend Kim visited earlier this week for some headshots, and it gave me a chance to run through a few rolls of film. It was great fun, but it had been too long since I shot with the Bronica. This was the first time shooting with the new Speed Grip, and I screwed […]

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A Few Shots from the F100

by Todd on June 5, 2011

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here; longer than I intended, and not because I’ve lost interest in shooting film. I’ve just been really busy with other stuff. But I dug out the F100 today and did a few portrait shots of Diane, even though she wasn’t thrilled with the idea. Then […]

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A Quick Dip in Rodinal

by Todd on April 10, 2011

I’ve processed 7 or 8 rolls of film by now, all in Rodinal, and most usingĀ  a steep dilution (1:100) and a “stand” protocol. In this case I wanted to try a more typical protocol, and see how it affected grain and contrast. The film was LegacyPro 400, which is said to be re-badged Fuji […]

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Coop and His Dogs

by Todd on April 5, 2011

  Coop’s been a buddy of mine for a long time, and he is in fact the one who pushed me into photography by loaning me a copy of Photoshop shortly after I bought my first dSLR. We’re mutually bad influences on each other, encouraging the purchase of new, exciting, and generally unnecessary gear. It’s […]

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My First Processing

by Todd on March 31, 2011

Developing film was completely a black box to me until very recently. I have to thank Dave at University Camera for encouraging me to jump in, and assuring me it wasn’t that hard. After some research, I settled on stand development in Rodinal as my first foray into film chemistry, and this post includes three […]

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