Sunday, August 28, 2011

The New Gypsies - Iain McKell

It is hard not to enjoy McKell's photo essays, as they are so generously displayed in reasonable detail, online at this website.

The often perfect formalism and refined but not contrived makeup of McKell's images would already be enough if not for the added depth of McKell's subjects, who penetrate many of the images in a most successful way. If you are astonished you are not alone, as this much-appreciated artist continues to influence nearly everyone.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Good subject



I dislike the "dead yet?" titles we see, but anyway, this is a good production. Nicely written, a bit nostalgic with the Satie theme, but anyway...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ilford's Steven Brierley audio interview

Tobias Feltus and I visited with Steven Brierley and several others at Ilford in Manchester UK back in May.  Since that time New55 has made substantial, even unexpected progress with a true PN design, but we still look to Ilford to supply certain materials. Ilford supplies some of TIP's sensitive materials and of course has a lot of silver on hand, which is now worth double what it was a year ago or so.

The portion of this podcast with Steven's remarks is on the site "filmwasters" which I know little about, and starts about 15 minutes in. I think it is worth a listen, here.

From Ilford's site:

"The demand for traditional monochrome films and papers remains strong. With Agfa no longer in the black and white photographic market, and Kodak pulling out of manufacturing black and white papers the future of ILFORD PHOTO products looks good for years to come. "

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Silver of a certain size

I had not heard of Carey Lea, or his silver, but now find the term refers to a fine 500nm or so silver or reduced silver complex with this peculiar and recognizable red/yellow tint to it.

But nanoparticles and rods, and their effect on lightwaves and color are something that I have studied and even built nano antenna arrays described here.

In this image are two FP-100B negatives, and Fuji's low silver negative, cheaper to produce, is apparently filled with silver halide grains that are quite tiny, and probably much smaller than a micron, maybe half or even a quarter that.  Mie scattering and nanoparticle size analysis with spectrometers show that in general there is a direct relationship between size of a scatterer (or the average sizes of scatterers) and the average wavelength reflected and transmitted. If this is the case here, we can say there is some distribution around yellow, and it looks a lot like the same hue we achieved with our recent DTR, below, and monochrome images from TIP, below that. It also looks like the color of iodine.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

A word on comment spam

Blogger is better than some at detecting and preventing comment spam - unwanted or random ads, messages and other "junk" that is directed to the comments sections of blogs and other groups. Normally there is no spam, as google has done a good job with blogger's spam detection system. It is one reason I prefer blogger, but it isn't perfect, so occasionally (like when I am doing another project or taking time off) I switch off "allow anonymous comments".  That's what it is set at now, and an anonymous comment may go through, or be directed to the filter - it is hard to tell.

Most of the comments are not anonymous and so should not be a problem. If you are an anonymous commenter, I still welcome your comment, but please give yourself a name of some sort (there are several ways to do this, including gmail, flickr, etc.) and use it so it can clear the settings and be published as fast as possible.

If you have commented and got lost in the spam filter, try again. Sometimes the spam filter thinks real comments are spam. I'll try this for a while and see how it works out. About a year ago I had to do the same thing and made various remarks here, then spam settled down (or blogger changed something) and I reopened anonymous comments.
Trade school students adjusting spam filters at St. George's, Mobberly

Monday, August 15, 2011

Clip Cleaning

All those old clips you have sent in have been used at least once, and possibly several times now that a recycling method has been developed.

Shown is New55 assembly tech and music producer Jack Willard, out of New York and here for the Summer, in an FP3000 shot.

Listen to  Santa Clara by Jack Willard

Monday, August 8, 2011

New55 of the day

Under the bicycle seat and seeming like a puddle in front of our inscribed box, lurks reagent spread artifact, invisible in the black sky, only seen in the deepest shadows.

Significant for being our first DTR and negative set (this is a scan of the negative above) using nothing from old Pol, but materials from China, India, and Connecticut, the positive, below it,  is like a relic, sepia-toned, and contrasty,  a flea market find.

 And there is evidence of another experiment, painted as a curve on the receiver. Jack and I expected to see a dark area there and little image elsewhere, so we are surprised.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Old product shots

I was asked recently if I did product photography. Well, I used to, when I was designing and developing microphones and manufacturing them here in Ashland MA. Realizing I had not saved many of the sell sheets and other microphonography generated over the course of a couple of years of production. Fortunately, Archive.org had saved some for me.

Here is the link Click

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

R3 (and other monobaths) are so easy, cheap, and virtually instant

I was just playing with a Pentax 67 and the 105mm f2.4 lens the other day with some KODAK 400TX and tossed it in the R3 monobath for 10 minutes. Afterward it got washed in too-hot water, so it reticulated a bit.

What could be easier, and cheaper, than this? A digi? You get a 6X7 negative that takes 10 minutes (and costs about 50 cents). I would like those who are concerned about costs to show me their results with this process.