February Update

February 2019

Test #11

The heavy February snow cover and bright sun have inspired me to take my film camera outside. As I continue to be plagued with thin negatives, I’m going to try to swing the pendulum the other way, and use the brightness of the winter sun against the whiteness of the snow to compose some shots that naturally have a high dark-light contrast. Shadows on the snow seemed like a good subject. I also plan to run a subtle variation in the subsequent test, where I develop the film for a 40 minute stand, compared to the 35 minutes of this test. No bromide drift evident.

Test11 SnowShadows
Test11 SnowShadows

Test Summary:

Coffee: Fiddlehead “Ethiopian”, 4 tbsp grounds in 12 cups of water

Film: Fuji Neopan100, 120, fresh

Camera: Yashica Mat 124G        Development: Process 3g

 

Test #12

Outdoor images with high dark-light contrast due to shadows on snow. No bromide drift evident.

Test12 SnowRail
Test12 SnowRail

Test Summary:

Coffee: Fiddlehead “Ethiopian”, 4 tbsp grounds in 12 cups of water

Film: Fuji Neopan100, 120, fresh

Camera: Yashica Mat 124G    Development: Process 3h

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March 2019

Test #13

I feel like I’ve found a film and recipe combination that I really feel confident in. I also observe that many art observers like to see familiar scenes, no matter whether the art is painting, sculpture, or photography. For this test, I went out to photograph familiar sites like the Corn Cob Tower, and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture. I also made an homage to my coffee patron, Fiddlehead Coffee. Occasional bromide drift on some of the 35mm images, but no bromide drift seen on the 120 (medium format) images.

Test13 Fiddlehead
Test13 Fiddlehead

Test Summary:

Coffee: Fiddlehead “Ethiopian”, 4 tbsp grounds in 12 cups of water

Film: Fuji Neopan100, 120 and 35mm, fresh

Camera: Yashica Mat 124G and Olympus OM1-n  Development: Process 3g

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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