Saturday, July 31, 2010

PX70 Color Shade now shipping

The intrepid folks at The Impossible Project have released an all new color film for the SX-70 and other cameras that format fits in.

Here is the link to order. I've put my order in and cannot wait to try it.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Of Mice and Roots

Would Steinbeck mind? Something WPA about these two, if only Dorothea had Reagent III with her.

Click to see the furry critters up close!

Photo credit DF

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Further results with Reagent III

Well!  TMX seems to have done nicely with Reagent III here.

A long process time was used by photog DF who exposed this roll in the Spring and processed it this week at about 75f for perhaps 12 minutes.  What you are looking at is in as-scanned condition, M645 and the F1.9.

Film photography has never been easier, and just look at the quality when you click and zoom in.  It may not be "instant" but it is quick, and easy, and the results defy old notions about "monobaths" completely.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We will return on August 1

Or thereabouts. Plenty of other things to do in hot July than play with reagents and lenses. Internet traffic and even car traffic has dropped in the past couple of days as the annual lull begins, leading up to September.

How about someone mixing up some reagent, and sending in a result? We'd like to see it.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

More fun with reagents

The venerable South Bend Lathe, bought surplus, previously NASA property according to the brass tag, here shown again this time with a tangle of plastic chips from boring a mounting ring for a Kodak Aero Ektar lens.

Processed in Reagent 3, as described below. Ilford Pan F Plus (ISO 50) processed for about 5 minutes though, to make sure it has time to do its thing, and cropped severely enough (about a fourth) from the original 6 X 4.5 cm negative. Photo credit: DF

And just because I have them, here are the original production cards from South Bend for this particular machine, which is referred to as a 10" Heavy, by persons in the field.  This unit has an X meaning hardened bed, which was a special order item. The lathe is also marked, or labeled, with a metal NASA tag stating "NASA Property". It is hard to see the connection to Packard, but they were likely a NASA contractor in the 60s - many American industrial companies were.

Independence Day at New55

Falling right after Chladni Day here in the US is Independence Day where we celebrate teenage America's separation from Mother England and the rule of King George III who was taxing the colonies in order to finance England's debt, and protect established large business such as the British East India Trading Company. Well-to-do business and land owners, politicians, and disruptive upstarts like entrepreneurial industrialist Paul Revere, helped plan and finance the ordeal which "officially" began with some bullets on April of 1775 and then with a Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, then a war, then another war with England in 1812, so it took a long time before things settled out.

The holiday is celebrated with loud noises, hot weather, and perhaps inebriation, followed by fireworks displays, and the playing of "The 1812 Overture" that was written by the Russian composer Tchaikovsky, who included actual, live cannon blasts in his music.  The subwoofer had not yet been invented.

On a much quieter theme and more subtle and modern form of nonpolitical "independence", you can listen to this piece that I wrote here.

In order to appreciate this MP3, you need to put on headphones or play the piece through a decent sound system at reasonably high volume - not laptop speakers.

Like a photograph, the limitations of contrast and resolution apply to this composition, making dynamic range, and the difference between light and dark values, essential to the scene it portrays, in this case not in front of you as a literal picture, but as a picture in your mind's eye. My intention is definitely to evoke visual scenes, only through your ears.  Since there are so many visual artists among us here I thought this would be fun and appropriate, given the intentional cinematic orchestration and sound effects in this particular instrumental song, so please feel free to comment, especially in visual terms.