Trying out P30 Again, This Time With XTOL

Earlier this week I threw in a roll of P30 in my X-700 to try out. I’ve been trying to get outdoors a bit more since it is Springtime and also trying to prepare for an upcoming hike. It seemed like a good time to try out some P30 with …

Ferrania P30, First Impressions

I have been waiting a long time to shoot P30 and last week I finally had my chance. We took a cruise to the Caribbean and while I mostly shot color film, I made an effort to shoot some P30. I had intended on shooting 2 rolls, but what I …

Tuscon In Color (Negative)

Last week I traveled to Tuscon with the TeamSnap crew but managed to spare a little bit of time to expose some film. While I took a number of photos using Velvia 50, I’m waiting to develop those for a bit since I’ll likely be shooting Velvia next week as …

My Turntable in 4×5 – Print vs Negative Scan

Last night was another extremely fun and reasonably successful session in my darkroom. Though my main goal was to test out my Speed-EZ 5×7 easel, I ended up doing some contact printing of some of my 4×5 negatives. I figured out it’s much easier to simply cut down a 5×7 …

The Making of An Open Source Dev Controller

Last weekend I got the itch to write some Arduino code, mostly for fun. I wanted to see how much code it might take to write a controller to help with various tasks during film development. Specifically heating water (and tracking it’s temperature), rotating a tank (and changing directions periodically), …

How To (Questionably) Re-align a Beseler Dichro 35s

Today my new (for me) 80mm enlarging lens came in for my Beseler Dichro 35s. I got it used and turns out it already had the 67s condenser upgrade. Anyways I am still waiting for a 6×6 negative carrier, but thought I’d try mounting the 80mm lens with the 35mm …

Halcyon Revisited in HP5+

A few weeks back I shared my results of shooting Ilford’s PANF while around Halcyon/Bluestar in downtown San Antonio. I also shot a roll of HP5+ I’ve had sitting waiting to be developed. I was waiting before developing it until I shot more rolls of HP5+ but accidentally ruined my …

Colorado Bend In Ektar

A few week ago we had our yearly camping trip with some close group of friends. It’s a tradition although in past years we would go to the Texas Renaissance Faire. It is fun but seems way too crowded and the quiet camping area there is devoid of trees. So …

Halcyon in 35mm PANF 50

Went to Halcyon (around Blue Star in downtown San Antonio) for a family brunch of sorts, after which we want for a nice stroll along the river. It was a sunny day and seemed like a perfect time to try out PANF. I tried it in both 35mm and 120. …