Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spam Comments

I am getting flooded with spam comments and that is the reason it is taking longer for your comments to appear.

Rather than turn comments off, again, let's see how this goes. Please be patient. Right now the main activity is not online, but involves making the receiver sheet. This is extremely challenging and as-yet unsolved.

We are looking for a local craft intern. Someone with craft skill, tools, making things, process development and lab work. If you think you might qualify for this please contact me via the link on the right of this page.  The subject is a paper like product and you do not have to have camera experience specifically. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Jason Edwards New55 FILM

One of Jason's experiments on our behalf using the Shanghai version of New55 FILM on a studio subject. Click on it for a bigger view.

We are deep into the development of a new receiver sheet. The receiver, if you have been following along, is the part of the diffusion transfer reversal process (DTR) that was most secretly held by Old Pol.  No single person at Polaroid knew the whole process.  We started from scratch to find new materials to use, new paper bases that are opaque, and coating services. All of this costs a LOT of money.

Meanwhile, one of our sources of old style silver halide emulsions has gone. Efke will be missed. Shanghai still produces a negative material that works with DTR, at least for now, but their prices have doubled.  These "dip and dunk" emulsions may be primitive, but the availability of the silver halide rocks close to the surface, unlike T grained films, makes DTR possible.  ADOX type films can fall into this category.  We've tried every Ilford film including Delta 100 and were not successful in getting consistent DTR performance, but the door is still open there.