Search found 180 matches

by foolscape
Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:02 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Ansel Adams - Which Book?
Replies: 96
Views: 106600

My two cents. I've used Ansel Adams' books with some success. I used them as starting points when I first began taking black and white images, and then when I built my darkroom two years ago. I agree that not everything in them is current, but the methods are good. Use them as a launching pad, not a...
by foolscape
Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:41 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Can't find Photographers' Formulary web site
Replies: 5
Views: 6932

Re: Can't find Photographers' Formulary web site

I tried to call up Photographers' Formulary on the web yesterday and today, but the link won't work. I know they had an old site, and a new on that they were working on. Does anyone know what happened? Thanks! --Gary If you need any raw chemicals for DIY processing formulas, you can order them from...
by foolscape
Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:23 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Seeking High Contrast results.
Replies: 34
Views: 32531

Not that I can expect to add anything new to this thread, but here goes anyway. I've been known to push process film to get higher contrast. Another trick I've tried is adding a small amount of sodium hydroxide to the developer. It gived the contrast a kick in the pants. I usually do these things if...
by foolscape
Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:47 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Can't find Photographers' Formulary web site
Replies: 5
Views: 6932

Can't find Photographers' Formulary web site

I tried to call up Photographers' Formulary on the web yesterday and today, but the link won't work. I know they had an old site, and a new on that they were working on. Does anyone know what happened?

Thanks!
--Gary
by foolscape
Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:23 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Efke IR820
Replies: 23
Views: 69483

I guess next somebody will be talking about restarting production of Konica 750 or something. :P T'was a sad day when I heard that Konica had stopped production of this film. I'm shot hundreds os rolls of it in 120. Most of my best-selling images are done on it. I have 3 rolls remaining in my fridg...
by foolscape
Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:07 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: HIE; NEED A FINE GRAIN DEVELOPER, ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Replies: 31
Views: 35522

Being obsolete is not such a bad thing. I love to experiment, and see what alternative looks I can find for my work. Right now, I'm working on recreating the "Jazz Age" glamour photography from the 1920's. I have a few very old cameras that I'm resurrecting, and will be applying a liquid emulsion to...
by foolscape
Mon Dec 25, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Foma and Forte: Relics of Cold War Eastern inferiority?
Replies: 32
Views: 60386

Back to the original subject

The inferiority of a film is in the eyes of the beholder. It depends on what you're looking for. Modern films from Kodak, Ilford, and Fuji are very good. The trouble with them is that their emulsions don't allow for much experimentation. Part of the joy of photography for me is trying new things in ...
by foolscape
Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:54 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: HIE; NEED A FINE GRAIN DEVELOPER, ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Replies: 31
Views: 35522

Infrared film developer

My two cents, for what it's worth: before Konica discontinued everything, I bought up as much of their 750 infrared film as I could get my hands on. I still have a few rolls left, as a matter of fact. I have been using the Clayton F76+, and I like the results. Normally a PMK Pyro-maniac, I use the C...
by foolscape
Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:07 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: D76/ID11, both a few years old. Still usable?
Replies: 6
Views: 7735

I currently am making Ansco 130 from ancient cans (I'm guessing late 1950's or early 1960's) of Kodak DK-60a, adding glycin and extra chems to make the correct ratios. It works just fine. I paid $2.00 at a yard sale for 30 cans of the stuf.

--Gary
by foolscape
Fri May 26, 2006 6:22 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: MAJOR NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: SILVERGRAIN
Replies: 4
Views: 6073

Silvergrain

I'll take your word for it. I made some prints in Formulary Amidol on Kentmere Bromide paper a couple weeks ago. If Silvergrain can match them, I'll be impressed.

--Gary
by foolscape
Thu May 25, 2006 1:26 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: MAJOR NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: SILVERGRAIN
Replies: 4
Views: 6073

Silvergrain

I can't wait to try these. I've been a Digitaltruth customer for the last year (since I completed my darkroom), and I buy most of my raw chemicals here. I've been looking for a way to become more environmentally sound in the darkroom; after all, I'm a nature photographer. I currnetly mix my own Ansc...
by foolscape
Mon May 22, 2006 11:34 pm
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: optimal developer for FP4+
Replies: 13
Views: 22190

FP4 developers

I've had good results with PMK Pyro from Photographers' Formulary. I develop it anywhere from 11 to 13 min depending on the image. Pyro isn't for everyone, so I'll add a second plug for Clayton F76. You also can't lose with Xtol and Kodak HC110. HC110 can be diluted to vary the outcome.
by foolscape
Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Best Developer for Kodak Tri-X?
Replies: 4
Views: 13432

The word "best" is subjective. With that in mind, my choice for "normal" developing would be Clayton F76, or the CP Powder mentioned above. But I adore Formulary PMK for almost anything. Where are you trying to import it to? If you're in Europe, Foma makes some fine developers (www.foma.cz), as does...
by foolscape
Sun Dec 11, 2005 9:34 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: Increasing Sharpness through Agitation
Replies: 20
Views: 26499

I haven't tried them yet, but I've heard that pyro developers make sharp images. There's an updated pyro recipe on this site that eliminates some of the uncertainty of the older ones. If it's true, this would be a more consistant way to insrease sharpness without standing in the dark for an hour. --...
by foolscape
Sat Dec 10, 2005 11:05 am
Forum: The Digitaltruth Forum
Topic: rodinal replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 7727

J and C Photo has the pre-WWII Rodinol. Clayton would be the more environmentally friendly choice, though.

www.jandcphoto.com

-Gary