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Develop, Stop, Fix, Hypo Clear, Wash, Photo-Flo, and Hang to Dry

20 Feb

No, these aren’t dance moves. These are the steps that I took to develop my own roll of film!

I enrolled in a photography class with the hopes to learn more about photographic theory and to acquire some darkroom experience. Last week I learned some of the basics on how to operate the enlargers at my school (we have nine old Beselers and nine new[er] Omegas) and made some photograms, which I will put up in another post…

A couple weeks ago, I ran a roll of Kodak Plus-X through my trusty Canon AE-1, and last week in class I developed it myself! It’s quite an amazing experience, and I feel so much closer to my photos. The most difficult part was definitely loading the film onto the developing reel and then into the developing tank in complete darkness (the tank is light tight, so you can turn the light on after.) In the coming weeks I will get to make some 8×10 prints, and I’m very excited for that!

Enough rambling, here are a few of the photos from my self-developed roll.


Dreaming in Black and White

23 Dec

Did you know that only about 25% of people can recall their dreams in full or partial color? If you think you only dream in black and white, think again! You most likely dream in color, even though you can’t remember it. However, when you load your camera with black and white film, it’s definitely black and white.

I recently ran a roll of film through my father’s old Canon AE-1. It was an affordable camera at the time (and even more so now!), but was and still is capable of taking nice pictures. I shot these using a  Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 and a cheap Soligor Telephoto/Macro Zoom 70-160mm f/3.5.