The King is dead…

The King is dead… by Davidap2009
The King is dead…, a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

A little table top fun with my Hasselblad 203FE with the Carl Zeiss 80mm F2.8 FE mounted on an E32 extension tube. Taken on my fav black and white film Rollei 80s stand developed in Caffenol for 50 mins at 20℃ with agitation for only the first minute and then left to rest in a water bath for 49mins.

Here’s the Recipe
Make one litre
Washing soda (Stabil) 16gr/l
Vitamin C (Santa maria) 10 gr/l
Potassium Bromide 1gr/l
Instant Coffee 40gr/l
Inversions for the 1st minute and then left to stand for 49mins
Stop and fix as usual
More details on Caffenol here

Hazel Leaf By Hasselblad

Hazel Leaf By Hasselblad by Davidap2009
Hazel Leaf By Hasselblad, a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

A Linguistic bit of fun A Hassel blad by a Hasselblad. My wife had put so hazel twigs in a jar of water and they sprouted tiny leaves I took this shot in window light using the Carl Zeiss 80mm FE with all three of my extension tubes attached. I used a fav film Rollei 80s and stand developed it in Caffenol for 50 mins at 20℃ with agitation for only the first minute and then left to rest in a water bath for 49mins.

Here’s the Recipe
1l water
Washing soda (Stabil) 16gr/l
Vitamin C (Santa maria) 10 gr/l
Potassium Bromide 1gr/l
Instant Coffee 40gr/l
Inversions for the 1st minute and then left to stand for 49mins
Stop and fix as usual
More details on Caffenol here
davidapw.wordpress.com/caffenol/

Sprocket Rocket-Caffenol-Ilford XP2 experiment

It was always going to be an experiment.

I read an article in a magazine while on holiday about the Lomo camera the Sprocket Rocket Panorama. Like you do I looked for one on Amazon. I found one for roughly £30’s so I clicked on buy.

The camera is very basic only two shutter speeds 1/100th and B only two focus ranges  0.6 -1 metre and 1meter – ∞ and, only two aperture settings cloudy and sunny.

To make this experiment even more complicated (Which at the outset wasn’t the plan) I choose the film I had with me Ilford XP2 that is a C41 black and white film.

Anyway film exposed and removed from the camera (No mean feat you need king Kong thumbs). I went to what was my local lab. They told me they outsource all their film development now and that I would have to pay for a complete set of pictures and a CD and not just negatives as I used to charge over £20!!. Needless to say I said no. I’d have had to pay regardless even if I got no usable shots.

 So Part two of the experiment began .

I remember reading that you can get fair results with Caffenol.

“Wait a minute isn’t that a colour film??”

Yep.

So I thought what the heck and mixed me a batch of Caffenol to this recipe

500mls Water

8 g washing soda

5g Vitamin C

0,7g Potassium Bromide

20g Instant coffee (Real gut rot)

Inversion for the first minute then 3 inversions every 2 ,4 ,8, 16, 32 etc up to 1 hour (May have been a little too long)

Stop with water 1 minute

Fixed with T-max fixer for 6mins

Washed for 10 mins.

The negatives look weired but there were pictures. I scanned directly onto the glass plate of my Epson V700

Here are three . and one of the original scans. click to see them larger warts and all :0)

Emily (scan)(1)

Emily (Sprocket Rocket)(17)

SS Rotterdam

Sightseeing Rotterdam (3)

Not bad for an unknown camera with a colour chemistry film developed in what amounts to Instant coffee and washing powder. :0)

Here is a link to the Sprocket Rocket site. 

Shooting Tulips.

On Saturday my wife and I purchased some tulips to add some colour to our living room. I noticed how the early morning light brought out the subtle textures and the delicacy of the flower. I was up early on Sunday as my wife had an early shift and had gone to work. The Teens were still in bed. And I was looking for things to do. I looked at the Tulips while I munched my cornflakes and got an image in my head of how I’d like to shoot them. The early morning light was soft and reflected from our terrace by the thick layer of snow still lying there .

As I knew how I wanted to shoot the Tulips it was just a case of getting the reality to match the vision. That’s where it usually goes wrong for me. However, ever the optimist I felt that things would be better this time. I knew the film I wanted to use and how I wanted to develop it.

I set my Hasselblad 203FE on a borrowed Benbo tripod  using a Hasselblad quick release plate. I then loaded the film I wanted to use, Rollei 80s. My table top set-up was very simple Just a plain background (Jig-saw Puzzle carrying case) and natural light from the window.

The lens I used was the Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm F2.8 , Using a different extension tube for each series of  shots .  I let the Hasselblad decide the metering and for want of a quick release I raised the mirror and then used the self-timer set at 2 seconds to take the exposure.

It’s easy with the 203 you just pull the pre-release once to raise the mirror and once again to set the self -timer in action.

Here’s a shot of the set-up. Nothing complicated here :0)

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Ok so I had a blast taking shots with my Hasselblad. When I was finished it was all about the film. There was never any question . Caffenol is  “soup of the day”

I use a slightly different recipe from the one I give on my Caffenol page using less Washing soda and 1 gram Potassium Bromide.(If you live in the UK you can buy it as I did here.)This prevents the film from fogging and helps if you are getting un-even development. Being lazy after all it was Sunday morning I chose to stand develop this film. Once in the tank pour in your prepared soup agitate for the first minute and then leave to stand for 49mins (Just enough time for bacon and eggs and a little light reading). Stop with ordinary plain water. Fix for 5 mins (I used Kodak T-Max) and rinse for 10 mins . I air dry my negatives for about 5 hours it varies with the temperature in our laundry room.

I scanned the negatives with my Epson V700 Scanner using a Betterscanning holder and anti newton glass to flatten the negatives. I use Silverfast SW for the scanning work I then import to Aperture and tweak in Silver Efex Pro 2(Very little tweaking was needed with these negatives. Here’s the result click on each for a larger version.


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Here’s the Caffenol Recipe I used

Washing soda (Stabil) 16gr/l

Vitamin C (Santa maria) 10 gr/l

Potassium Bromide 1gr/l

Instant Coffee 40gr/l

Inversions for the 1st minute and then left to stand for 49mins

Start with your liter of water at 19degrees C and then Stir in each ingredient in turn stir until all is dissolved Let it stand (While you load your fil into the tank usually works for me)

That was my Sunday How was yours?