Monday, October 21, 2013

Savory Caffenol and Color Film

Kiev 60 Arsat 80mm f2.8 Fujifilm Pro 400H  NPH Caffenol-C-M plus 20g Table Salt - I could not resist the afternoon light coming through my office window and illuminating these chains... This high key subject was a good chance to develop some C-41 Process color film in Caffenol. I decided to go with the savory flavor of Caffenol, with a little salt in the mix, the recipe is as follows;
1 liter Water
54 grams Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
16 grams Vitamin C granules
40 Grams of Instant caffeinated instant coffee
20 gram iodized table salt
Add ingredients in order given, stirring in between until fully dissolved. Use immediately and discard.

Development time 20 minutes with agitation for the 1st minute and then 3 inversions each minute after.

The Caffenol/Color film did a nice job of stopping the highlights from getting blown out, due to caffenol's base fogging and staining. The negatives were a little denser than a would have liked, a 15 minute development time may have been more appropriate. We will see next time.

Scanned with an Epson V500 Photo using Epson's OEM software.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Desert Ghosts

 Adox Golf Cassar 75mm f4.5 Ilford FP4 Plus Caffenol-C-M OK so they are not ghost, I continue to fight the battle of the bellows pins first mentioned in my post Of Pin Holes, Electrical Tape and The Big Ass Peach. I enjoy using the Adox Golf so much I refuse to retire it to a shelf as a display only camera. I want this one as a shooter. The effect in this case, if not desired, was certainly interesting, resembling spirits past roaming a desolate landscape. Time for more work with the flashlight and electrical tape.

Monday, October 7, 2013

More Desert Caffenol

Adox Golf Cassar 75mm f4.5 Ilford FP4 Plus Caffenol-C-M - Another shot from my trip to the Sonoran Desert, being a life long East Coaster, the desert landscape seems more like Mars than the United States. Unfortunately, the short nature of my business trip did not allow the time to truly explore this alien land, but getting one roll in was enough for now...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Object of Desire - FujiFilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

image copyright Fujifilm
It is official, Fujifilm wants all my money, every dime. Above is the new Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, an absolutely drop dead gorgeous analog instant camera. Behind those classic good looks, Fujifilm has built in creative features rarely found in an instant camera. Bulb time exposure, double exposure, macro and brightness control are all included on this little beauty. The Mini 90 should be available in the United States in early 2014, but in the mean time, check out the special product site here Mini 90.  The Fujifilm USA press release can be found here.

After Desert Coffee

Adox Golf 75mm f4.5 Cassar Lens Ilford FP4 Plus Cafenol-C-M - A shot from the Sonoran Desert just outside of Phoenix in Carefree AZ.. The combination of Ilford FP4 Plus and Caffenol-C-M, did an outstanding job controlling the contrast if the desert mid-day sun. Despite battling bellow pin hole issues, I love shooting with my Adox Golf, it remains my favorite pocket medium format camera.
Scanned using an Epson V500 Photo using Epsons OEM Software.