Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lomokino Snow 02-20-2012

Lomokino FujiFilm Superia 200 Arista C-41 Kit - Finally snow in Lynchburg Virginia. It has been an usually warm and dry winter here, good for the gas bill, bad for snow lovers like me. Good chance to break out the Lomokino. I love the vintage home move look. At 4 frames a second there is a flip book quality to the movies when assembled. More on the Lomokino Here.

Friday, February 24, 2012

untitled exposure no. 8

Adox Golf  Cassar 75mm f4.5 Fomapan 400 Arista 76 1:1 - Spring Hill Cemetery Lynchburg, Virginia. I repaired the pinhole on the bellows of my Adox Golf and needed to test it in daylight. Fomapan 400 is s beautiful film for it's speed and really shines with Arista 76 Developer 1:1. The quality of the Cassar 75mm is also apparent in this shot. I am slowly mastering the uncoupled rangefinder in this camera and the Golf may become my Pocket Medium format rangefinder for choice. That is, unless I track down a Original Mamiya 6 with an "unfogged" Zuiko Lens.

Caffeinated Angel

Minolta Hi-Matic 7s 45mm f1.8 Rokkor P-F Lens FujiFilm NeopanSS 100 Caffenol-C-M - More caffenol experimentation, this time with Fuji NeopanSS. 15 minute development time at 68°F, agitation constant for the first minute and then 3 inversions every 3 minutes there after. I am using water for stop bath and Arista Standard Fixer to fix. Since I am using an acid hardening fixer instead of the recommended Alkaline Fixers from most sites, I may be losing some of the desired staining from the coffee. All in all though, the tone gradation is excellent and the base fogging I am getting seems to a plus. Scanned with a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III, using Silverfast SE Plus 6.6.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Icy Fingers

Kiev 60 Arsat 250mm f3.5 Fomapan 400 F3.5 - Winter's Ice Fingers show themselves in a Black Walnut tree.

Finally Snow Exposure no. 3 and 4

Kiev 60 Arsat 250mm 3.5 Fomapan 400 Adonal 1:50 - The first snow of 2012 in Lynchburg, Virginia, and my first to use my newly acquired Arsat 250mm f3.5. The lens is a metal and glass monter, but feels good on the bulky Kiev 60. Also my first use of Fomapan 400. As expect the Adonal (Rodinal) plays up the grain. I deliberately shot a little under exposed to avoid blowing out the whit snow.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Kiev 6c Arsat 45mm f3.5 Kodak T-Max 400 Caffenol-C-M - Developing film with Instant Coffee?  Somethings you just have to try to believe. I first heard of Caffenol about a year ago and finally got around to trying it. Basic starting points can be found here Caffenol-C-M, recipe. The mix is pretty straight forward:
1 litre water
54 grams washing-soda
16 grams vitamin-C
40 grams coffee

Add the ingredients in the order listed above with constant stirring. Fully dissolve all of one ingredient before adding the next. I mixed with water around 70˚F and all  mixed without much trouble. After adding coffee it is suggested you let the mix stand to 5 minutes to let the bubbles disperse and the coffee fully dissolve. I stirred once more before use. Just a warning the smell is not pleasant, image an full ashtray with a cup of coffee poured into it. I shot the T-Max 400 at 100 as Caffenol-C-M is suggested for medium Fast Films. Development time was 15 minutes, but judging from the density of the negatives, 10 minutes may have been fine, but I and still more than pleases with the results.
For further information check out these sites Caffenol and caffenol.

So I have this old Refrigerator....

Kiev 60 Arsat 45mm f3.5 Rollei Retro 400s Pulled 2 stops D-76 1:1 - This is more of a test shot than the final product. I have an old refrigerator in my attic studio that I have been trying to work into a shot, my wife has nice legs, so this is the result. Will take another swing at this one soon.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dangling Robots Adox Art CHS 100 Adonal (Rodinol)

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 Hoya +4 Close-Up Lens Adox Art CHS 100 Adonal (Rodinal) 1:50 - More Robots. The Black and White roll was actually shot first. No backlighting on the circuit board on this one. Same front lighting. I really love the Adox Art CHS 100 Adonal combination. The grain is pronounced, but I have always been a fan of grain.

Dangling Robots Exposure no. 2

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 Hoya +4 Close-Up Lens FujiFilm NPH 400 120 Arista C-41 -  Another from the Robot Series. All the particulars are the same as Exposure no. except a different circuit boards.

Dangling Robots Exposure no. 6

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f.28 Hoya +4 Close-Up Lens FujiFilm NPH 400 120 Arista C-41 - Just a little fun in the studio with little Robots. The background is an old circuit board lit from behind. It is a multilayer board creating and interesting effect. Front lighting is from 2 Novatron Heads shooting through 42" white Umbrellas. I really need to get some soft boxes.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Komaflex-S Exposure no. 11

Komaflex-S Prominar 65mm f2.8 Efke R 100 Size 127 Adonal (Rodinal) 1:50 - Another from the Komaflex. Definitely a sharp lens, cannot wait to shoot another roll with this little camera.

Komaflex-S Exposure no. 6

Komaflex-S Prominar 65mm f2.8 Efke R 100 Size 128 Adonal (Rodinal) 1:50 - From my first roll with the Komaflex. An afterthought during another shoot. Pretty impressive little camera.

The Komaflex-S

Meet the Komaflex-S. A cool little camera I found by accident on ebay. Made by Kowa, the Komaflex is basically a scaled down Kowa-Six designed to take 127 film. It is a SLR with a fixed Kowa Pominar 65mm f2.8. It has a semi automatic film advance and shutter mechanism. The mirror is not quick return, it drops back down when the shutter is cocked. Focus is achieved through a tradition waste level finder, which does have a built in magnifier. I shot a roll of Efke R100 and was very impressed.