Old 08-17-2015   #521
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I´d like my prints to look like this. This is one of Dan Wood´s shots.
He´s a welsh photographer i really like. Maybe he´s in this forum as well
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Old 08-19-2015   #522
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It's been a while since I posted - I was on a 3 weeks holiday and was out of the darkroom completely. Now that I am back, hope I can pick the pace up once again.

Some frames from the trip, all 3 taken at Balatonfured, the artistic capital of the Balaton lake with lots of things happening all summer along.

All printed on Forte BN-4 5x7 waaaay expired fiber paper.

This firs was an art dealer, he was selling his paintings in a small shop and I had a short chat with him which led us to this photo. He is standing right at the entrance of his little art shop.



This second one is just beside the little harbor - a man looking out to the lake without having much else to do.



This last one is of a lady attending the toilets at the harbor. It is mostly a thing of a past that toilets are attended but you still find some like this. The lady looked like she was from a total different world, she was smoking behind the toilet's door and told me to be careful as me being there might alert her boss and she'll gets scolded for smoking on duty.

The interesting bit is that this was the last frame on the roll and it's only half a frame. It was a landscape shot but I printed only the half frame and therefore ended up with a portrait layout. On the right hand side if you look carefully you see where the emulsion ends...



All with my lucky 90M-D enlarger using a 75mm lens and at f16 between 10-20 seconds.

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Ben, the links don't work... perhaps it's my firewall.
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Hi Ray.

Not sure - it's showing fine on my end.

Let's see if someone else has the same problem?
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Hostess alighting Taxi. 9.30pm Geylang Lorong 13.

Captured on the Fujifilm Natura 24f1.9.
Trix 400 film pushed.
Darkroom printed. Split grade printing, Grade 0 at f8 for 8 Seconds, same for Grade 5.

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There is some awesome stuff in here recently! I've been trying for months to remember my password. And Username... Ha, well, here's some recent darkroom prints.







The first two are just screenshots, poor res.. But after waiting a long time to have some renovations and new windows installed, I've been able to set up the bathroom darkroom again. Look forward to posting some more
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Nice comeback for sure - I like the prints.
What did you do the the above one with the rough borders?

Please post more now that you have your darkroom
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Old 08-24-2015   #528
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Nice comeback for sure - I like the prints.
What did you do the the above one with the rough borders?

Please post more now that you have your darkroom
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Yes. Post more.
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Old 08-28-2015   #529
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Thanks guys!

The rough border was something that kind of happened by accident a while ago. I cut some card to hold my paper down since the easel broke, and realised the rough edges worked as a kind of border. It's just another piece of 8x10 with a smaller area cut inside.

This is my second GR1, the first broke and was repaired in Japan, but since dies. This one is on its way out too, unfortunately. My favourite compact, ever.
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Old man in Tokyo's Nakano district wearing the typical Japanese carpenter's trousers.

He was very shy despite his rather tough looks and said he prefers to be photographed in clean clothes. I assured him he looked just perfect!

Film: Kodak Eastman DoubleX @400
Dev: Rodinal 1:50 11min 20Celsius
Paper: Forte BSP-0 (about grade 2) 18x24cm

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Another one before I hit the bed.
This is a 39x55cm print (20x24 paper roughly) of a friend getting ready for her wedding.
There were like 5 people working on her outfit and makeup and was pretty hard to get near.

Film: Kodak Eastman DoubleX @400
Dev: Rodinal 1:50 11min 20Celsius
Paper: Fuji AM Roll paper (110cmX20meters)
Some dodging on her face and burning on the kimono to pull her away from the background.

Didn't have a good way to scan it due to the size so it's just an iPhone shot while the print hanging on the wall. Light from behind sort of reflects on the print - it looks better in real life. Top left has no such bright patch as it seems on the iPhone shot.

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My first darkroom session... Lots to learn..

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Took it yesterday with Crow Graphic, handheld with RF and VF. F8/125.
GP3 100 4x5. Developed later. Contact printed it this night. "Scanned" it with iPhone this morning.

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Framing nicely done - one thing I should also get started with.
Did you cut the matte to size or you bought one that was exactly what you needed?

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I order a stack of Bainbridge Alpharag blanks from FrameDestination and cut with a Logan 450. It takes a bit of practice as undercutting leads to the corners tearing and overcutting leaves visible slices in the finished mat. A bone tool is useful for further smoothing the cut edges. I think a 1/2" reveal looks nice and gives ample room for signing the mount lightly in pencil.
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I order a stack of Bainbridge Alpharag blanks from FrameDestination and cut with a Logan 450. It takes a bit of practice as undercutting leads to the corners tearing and overcutting leaves visible slices in the finished mat. A bone tool is useful for further smoothing the cut edges. I think a 1/2" reveal looks nice and gives ample room for signing the mount lightly in pencil.
Thanks - very informative.
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how do you guys post pictures here? I don´t get how this "insert image" button works haha
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Now i get it haha^^ Anyway, here are the prints of some of the shots i took at the David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) show i took in Oberhausen Germany in September
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Old 10-18-2015   #539
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I Really Like the first two, especially the grain in the second one. Beautiful and well done !
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I just had to register here to tell you how awesome your prints are!
I have never tried color-darkroom printing but i gather it´s quite intricate and your prints look just fabulous. Could you tell me how you get this kind of transparent black border on the edges of your prints? I also print my negatives in the darkroom but only black and white and i can only get a solid black border but yours looks so much better, kind of rough on the edges and as i said a bit transparent i just love it. I´d love to achieve a similar look!
Well thank you for the compliment. I'm sorry, but I've been away from printing for awhile and didn't notice your post. It maybe too late now, but I'll mention how I print if anyone is interested.

The edges are simply a function of medium format film held in my Beseler #8312 6x6 negative carrier on my 45MXT enlarger. I use an easel that only shades the outside 1/4 inch of the paper and I size the print to fit fully within the cropped area. The carrier opening is slightly larger than the exposed area of the negative. This means you have to carefully align the negative within the carrier opening to get even borders.

The color darkroom isn't much more difficult than B&W. You'll need to keep your chemicals warm and be consistent with timing, but once you have the exposure and color filtration set, it is basically like B&W. Being consistent when exposing the negatives is important too.

You've inspired me to get back to printing some color!
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Leica IIIc, Summicron Collapsible, Ilford FP4, Agfa Brovira BN5 hard cream glossy paper (1973 year), diffused light source.



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Leica IIIc, Summicron Collapsible, Ilford FP4, Agfa Brovira BN5 hard cream glossy paper (1973 year), diffused light source.
Lovely prints and I very much like that paper. Thanks for posting these.
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First session?? Wow... superb start! They look great.
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Love this one. Great stuff.

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A new one from today - 20x24 Fuji RC paper
Ricoh GR1s - Kodak Eastman DoubleX @400
Rodinal 1:50 11min

Construction workers prepping an old building for takedown in Downtown Tokyo.

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First attempt at RA4 yesterday. Very addictive!
Portra 400, Ektacolor RA4 chemicals, Fuji Crystal Archive

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Good work. No color cast!
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Good work. No color cast!
I was lucky enough to be given a set of Labocontrol test negatives and prints + some viewing filters when I bought my used enlarger. They made it fairly easy to get into the right ballpark with the colour. I made three initial test prints which got me to within maybe 2cc of the colour of the test prints. When I switched to this Portra 400 shot, the C35 M35 setting I had dialed in on the enlarger was spot-on.
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That's excellent!
Thanks :-)

Here's one from last night's session, also taken in Tallinn.

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Thanks :-)

Here's one from last night's session, also taken in Tallinn.
Great work! I love the colors and blue sky!
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A new one from today - 20x24 Fuji RC paper
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Rodinal 1:50 11min

Construction workers prepping an old building for takedown in Downtown Tokyo.
1000 yen says they rebuild another one that looks exactly like it.
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I rarely scan prints, but here's one:

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1000 yen says they rebuild another one that looks exactly like it.
I'll keep you updated on their progress

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Here's one from last night's session, also taken in Tallinn.
Great colors indeed! How do you develop your film and how do you process the paper? I guess for color work you need a print processor?

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Great colors indeed! How do you develop your film and how do you process the paper? I guess for color work you need a print processor?

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Thanks Ben.

I process colour film with a Jobo CPP2 and I've been using the Rollei Digibase C41 kit. For the RA4 printing, I started out using tanks on the Jobo, but it was a bit fast and furious for my liking because the dev and blix stages only run for 45 seconds. It's also a pain for me to set-up as the Jobo takes over most of the kitchen and has to be set-up and put away for each session. I've now switched to using a Nova Quad tank (the vertical slot processor with built in heaters) and it's a much nicer experience. I can leave it set up in the bathroom/darkroom with the chemicals ready to go. I have a colour safelight, but mostly leave it off to avoid fogging. It's connected to a foot switch so I can have a couple of seconds of light as I move the paper between the processor slots. I use the Kodak Ektacolor RA4 chemical kit and 2.5% acetic acid for the stop.

I can see how fine art printers or purists think colour printing isn't very good, as the paper is all RC and there's a limited amount you can do to the print, compared to B&W. But I love seeing the colour photos when I switch on the lights. I'm very pleased I decided to pick up a colour enlarger, and especially one with a built in colour analyser...saves a bit of paper running test prints.

The paper and chemicals are very inexpensive compared to B&W and you can process RA4 in trays at room temperature, so you don't have to invest much to give it a try.
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This is from my first darkroom visit. Think it was 2 years ago. Been in it 2 times since. Will post more.


This is me and my GF.

Olympus OM-2 50mm 1.8, Tri-x @320.
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This is me and my son.

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Durst M601, El-Nikkor 80mm, Kodak Polymax, Ilford Multigrade, 12s 2, 1.5s 5.

I must say I am so impressed with the results You guys post! Amazing really.
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