Making mistakes on film


Yesterday I made my first attempt at developing color film at home and learned a great deal in the process. I shot the below images as kind of an experiment while in Haiti this past summer. I decided to purchase a 3 dollar camera from a local thrift store and load it with cheap Fuji Superia 400 to see what kind of results I might get. I was quite sure that the conditions in Haiti would be challenging on film especially because most color negative films don't hold up past 27 degrees and there were times that we were pushing 40 degrees celsius. I shot the film with with a Canon Snappy LX II and honestly I think the camera did pretty good. Where everything fell apart on me was during the development process. For some strange reason before I poured the developer into my Paterson tank I opened the lid exposing for a brief second the film to light. I could not believe that I just did that. It must have been a nervous twitch not wanting to screw up in the development process. All in all developing color film is pretty much as easy as developing black and white and I look forward to my next go at it developing non baked (Tropical BBQ) and light exposed C-41. Seriously though these could easily pass as some great LOMO shots.

Kodak Tri-X 400 & The Yashica Mat 124 G


Yashica Mat 124 G

Yashica Mat 124 G

           Shooting medium format film (120) is an incredible experience. Seeing the detail that is revealed from the larger negative is even better. Below is my first ever roll shot and developed with my new Yashica Mat and I will be giving a quick review of my experience with this classic TLR and Kodak's legendary emulsion. First of all here are a few thoughts that I have about the Yashica TLR. Composition within a 6x6 square frame takes some getting used to and requiresconsiderable thought when making it happen, not to mention the challenge of using the disorienting waist level view finder. The mechanics of this camera are incredible and the build quality is some of the best I have ever held. I have yet to see or handle a Rolleiflex but If is is better than the Yashica it must be amazing. As far as the optics go the lens stops down to a respectable 3.5 and is incredibly sharp as you can see by the images below. What more can be said other than it is a fun yet challenging camera to operate. There are many reviews of the Tri-X 400 film on the internet so I will just give my first impressions. The three Observations that I see with this film in 120 format is that it seems to be sharp and full of detail. The dynamic range of this black and white film also is truly amazing. I am always impressed at how a well exposed negative can outshine a digital file in the highlights almost all of the time. During this journey of shooting film I have been trying to discover the pro's and con's of both analog and digital image making. I thought initially that I would end up landing 100% in the film camp as I fell in love with the nostalgia of the cameras and the wonder of waiting to see your image, but now I can honestly say that there is definitely a place for all types of image making in my world.