I spent several long nights experimenting with my own positive developer, with which I could make photographs with and without grain, black and white and monochrome, and most importantly to make it suitable for lith print… just the holy grail. In combination with the paper used, I managed to achieve quite interesting results. I used one pack of Fomabrom N 112 for testing. At the moment when it became clear that this developer, composed of three solutions, can do a lot of effects depending on the given ratios, I used Fomatone MG clasic 132 paper. Because the lith print result seems really great to me, I named this developer Lilith The basis of this developer is the excellent negative developer 510Pyro in a dilution of 1:200. By mixing the other two solutions in different proportions, we get an almost infinite number of combinations of the results in the photo 🙃🎞📷🖼
First exploration of this developer’s abilities on Fomabrom N112 papers
Nikon F4 + Nikkor f1,4/50mm
Kodak 2237 ISO 1@12 (push 3EV) + 510Pyro
Fomatone MG132 classic + Lilith(own formula of developer)
Today I tested another great negative movie film from Kodak. It is primarily intended for copying and archiving. But it’s definitely great for photograph. I certainly could have brought a better lens… but you know me. I like to shoot with lenses that have reached their end of life and no one wants them🙃📷🎞
Contax 159 Q + cheap broken zoom maginon G 28-85mm
I’ve been tuning the PYRO Plus positive developer this week. By adding a certain amount of pyrogallol at the expense of pyrocatechin. With some combinations of these two developing agents, toning of photographs is no longer necessary . However, the papers must be placed in the bowl with the sensitive layer facing up. Otherwise, you may see streaks from the ribbing on the bottom of the bowl in your photos🙃📷🙏
Another sunny but cold day. Directly created to work with the developer Rodinal. Some time ago I managed to get hold of two bottles from the 1970s. So I opened the first one to verify that it was still perfectly functional 🙃🎞📷
Last week, the Czech company Foma released a new orthographic film with a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400. So I immediately bought several rolls and started to choose the developer with which I will use this negative. We were warned by the manufacturer that there is no anti-halation layer on the negative, so it will not be possible to photograph yellow in backlight. Well, I tried everything I had mixed 🙃🎞📷 –
@400 stock D76 scan@400 510Pyro FB C112 Burki&Jeny Coldtone@400 Pextral scanPull 400@200 D76 FB C112 DektolPull 400@200 Pextral FB C112 Burki&Jeny ColdtonePull 400@200 D76 1:1 FB C112 Burki&Jeny Coldtone@400 Pextral scan – the sensitive layer could not withstand the standard concentration and began to dissolve
I will not reveal anything new to experienced darkroom technicians. When printing photos in a darkroom, we can use photo papers in three degrees of gradation. Soft, normal and hard. Or we use multigradation papers, when we control the gradation of the resulting photo using filters. We use the yellow filters to reduce the gradation and the purple filters to increase the gradation.
Pentacon Six TL + CZ Biometar 50mm Zebra
TK100 + MP271
MG Fomabrom Variant & Fomabrom C112 + Dektol
The first photo was exposed for 4 x 3 sec. total 12 sec. The first 9 seconds were with the use of a yellow filter and the last 3 seconds without a filter on MG papers Fomabrom Variant
The second photo was a 9.sec print on ordinary Fomabrom C112 with hard gradation….
The final version of the own two-bath negative developer was named MP 271. At the moment, it is only tested on Fomapan 100 negatives. It achieves slightly better results on 35mm negatives, which is fine with me, because this is how I radically reduce the costs of analog photography 🙃📷
In the upper part of the linear scan of the negative, it is shown how it develops the first bath.(correct,-1EV,+1EV) At the bottom of the picture is the negative after the complete chemical process .(correct,-1EV,+1EV) .
The second image is a linear scan of the negative at the correct exposure.
The following picture is from this morning in medium format
I recently tested the behavior of TK100 roll film with D76 developer. TK100 is essentially Fomapan 100, but bought by the meter. This means that you can roll a 1-frame film under the cover strip yourself, or you can roll a 220 roll if you have a camera that allows you to take up to 24 frames in the 6×6 format. Because I needed to test the Kodak D76 (Ilford ID11) developers I had mixed, I always got by with four images in a roll, for each attempt of a differently lit scene.
Nikon P 2,8/75mm
The picture is taken in the dark garage of an old repair plant. However, a fifteen second exposure allowed me to capture as much reflected light as possible.