The Old verses the New
I found a few more from my trip to Bergen that I would like to share with you. These I took with my Leica MP and Summilux 35mm f1.4 (As far asI remember).They could have been shot with the Nikon 20mm on an adapter I didn’t make a note.Still I I spent a pleasant hour or so this morning scanning a few few negs and I thought I’d share them. The back streets of Bergan are a very interesting street walk I didn’t see so many tourists that day while wandering the back streets There are other more famous tourist magnets in the town itself . So my wife and I had it mostly to ourselves.
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??”
So I thought what the heck and mixed me a batch of Caffenol to this recipe
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)
Not bad for an unknown camera with a colour chemistry film developed in what amounts to Instant coffee and washing powder. :0)