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Finding Film part 9: Fumbling Fuji NEOPAN Acros 100

In my last article, I discussed my adventures with the Lomography Lady Gray 400. This came at the tail end of my shoot, which was initially planned to exclusively involve Fuji Acros 100 (NEOPAN), but the Lomography turned up on the shoot day for the NEOPAN, so I took it along for the ride and shot some of that too. The contents of this article happened before the last article, making this the prequel, if you will. At the beginning of the shoot I had 2 rolls of NEOPAN with me, and was ready to give it a proper...

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Finding Film part 8: Getting to know my Lady Gray 400

Before I start this entry in the series, just a small disclaimer: Lomography UK very kindly sent me some film to try out for the #FindingFilm series – thanks guys, I really appreciate that. Some of it was colour, which I am not entirely sure what to do with, as it is majorly out of my comfort zone…but one of the packs they sent was some Lomography Lady Gray, which is a 400 speed black and white film. Whilst Lomography sent me the films, I am still going to be my usual honest self when reviewing, and am not...

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Finding film part 7: Let there be light AKA a disaster with Delta – Tom Rayfield

Hello again, EMULSIVE readers. It’s been a while since I did one of these (having looked back through Lightroom, my last images were taken some 7 weeks ago at the time of writing), as life seems to keep getting in the way of my creativity. Feeling a little cooped up I was definitely eager to head out with the camera again. So I grabbed a new film for me, Ilford Delta 400 Professional and headed out for my favourite woodland. I also took Delta 100 Professional with me, as I wasn’t 100% of what weather to expect but never...

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Finding film part 6: taking it slow with ILFORD Pan F+ – Tom Rayfield

Having had a lot of very average weather lately, I was delighted to see a weekend of sunshine! Not the kind where you get a burst for the odd hour or so, I mean full on sunshine, blue skies, all weekend (at the time of writing/shooting we are talking mid-March, which for the UK is pretty good going). I know it sounds like I bang on about the weather a lot, but good light definitely helps photographers, and when every weekend is grey, flat and overcast, it really starts to get me down after a while, as I start...

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Finding film part 5: All GAS-ed up and time for T-MAX 400 – Tom Rayfield

Late March 2017: During my last article I touched on the fact that I was beginning to get stuck in a photographic rut. I wasn’t feeling overly creative (it happens to us all), and it started to affect my motivation to shoot. Around this time I was given an old lens from my grandfather; he is continuing his photographic clear out and had found a lens at the back of the cupboard he had no idea about. He asked if I wanted it, not realising what it was used for, or whether it was any good. So of course...

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Finding film part 4: ILFORD FP4+ strikes back – Tom Rayfield

Welcome back to my year long series discovering film stocks: finding film. This week’s article takes a slight deviation from the norm, in that I am using a film I have already used before; ILFORD FP4+. However, all with good reason, dear reader. Lately, I have found myself in a bit of a photographic rut. Whilst I am still enjoying the process, the developing and other elements of the photographic experience/community, I am getting a little frustrated by my results. Maybe it is the constant experimentation and changes with different films, or maybe it is because I am still...

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Finding film part 3: Czeching out Fomapan – Tom Rayfield

Welcome to part three of my journey with film in 2017. As you read in part one and part two, throughout 2017 I’ll be sharing my experiences with different medium format films and developers – all new to me. For part three I decided to go with Fomapan… Fomapan is known for being cheap, and I was curious to see whether this was for a reason, or whether this would be my next film of choice. With winter still in full force here in the UK, the weather was once again grey, overcast and not very pleasant, so I chose two rolls of...

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Finding film part 2: expanding my horizons with Kodak Tri-X 400, Rodinal and Ilford DD-X – Tom Rayfield

Welcome to part two of my journey with film in 2017. As you read in part one, I’ll be using this series to share my experiences throughout 2017 with different films and developers – all new to me – along with what I learn along the way. For this, part two, I’ll be discussing my experiences with Kodak Tri-X 400 in medium format using both Rodinal and Ilford DD-X as my developers of choice. Here we go.     Expanding my horizons Having shot nothing but Ilford FP4+ up to this moment, I decided to choose something different (not made...

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Finding film part 1: experiences so far – Tom Rayfield

Hello EMULSIVE community! My name is Tom Rayfield, by day I am a secondary school teacher from Norfolk, UK. I am a passionate film shooter, who loves to shoot medium format black and white film photography. I develop all of my film, in a darkroom that I built myself last year. Over the coming weeks and months I plan to shoot my way through the different medium format black and white films on the market, using a range of developer combinations and techniques to find my favourite combination. I will be sharing my experiences here on EMULSIVE, but before that, let...

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I am Rebecca Joyce and this is why I shoot film

Today’s interviewee is a real treat. A mixed media labrat who, although having moved on from minilabs, has kept a love of film and an eye for those details that life normally causes us to pass on by. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Rebecca Joyce!     Hi Rebecca, what’s this picture, then? RJ: When I first saw Imogen Cunningham’s photograph The Unmade Bed, I was struck by how powerful the simplest of images can be. I saw it for the first time when I was still learning photography and finding my own voice. Seeing that it was possible to...

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I am Tom Rayfield and this is why I shoot film

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll be familiar with today’s interviewee’s Finding Film series here on EMULSIVE. It’s been great watching Tom’s journey through the year so far and even though we’re already six parts in at the time of writing, there’s still much, much more to come. I guess you can consider this a bit of a break for Tom and a chance to get to know the man behind all the experimentation. Over to you, Tom.     Hi Tom, what’s this picture, then? TR: This is a shot from Sea Palling in Norfolk, a beach I...

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I am Jacopo Brancati and this is why I shoot film

My short interview hiatus is over and I’m very happy to bring you the words and pictures of a wonderful man and past contributor to EMULSIVE, Jacopo Brancati! I’m going to leave my thoughts on the man himself until the bottom of the page. In the meantime, I’d like to invite you to scroll down, open your mind and feast your eyes on what lies below. Over to you, Jacopo!     Hi Jacopo, what’s this picture, then? JB: This picture is the scan of a negative 6×9 taken during the early ‘90s with a camera I inherited from...

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I am Jef Price and this is why I shoot film

Today’s interview has been written, rewritten, added to and chopped up many, many times over the past few months but it’s finally ready and I couldn’t be more pleased. I’m finally ready to bring you thoughts and words from the curious mind of Jef Price. Over to you, Jef!     Hi Jef, what’s this picture, then? JP: This is a photograph of my father from a wedding we were shooting. It’s very early on in my time as a working photographer, I was 15-16 when I took this. For me it’s a good representation of the things that...

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I am Lisa DeShantz Cook and this is why I shoot film

After last week’s lifting of the curtain with my interview of myself (meta!), it’s back to business as usual with this week’s interview. Well I say business as usual but Lisa DeShantz Cook’s photography is nothing of the sort. Settle in, this is lovely. Over to you, Lisa.   Hi Lisa, what’s this picture, then? LDC: It’s an old farmhouse I’ve been watching decay my entire life. When I was a kid, we used to climb in the first floor windows and explore. First the vines and growth started their takeover, then the first floor collapsed into the basement, and then...

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My return to film: Adam J White

My name is Adam White. I am a hybrid photographer based in Carlsbad, NM. I in December 2014 I started shooting film more seriously. I started dabbling with film back in 2009 as something to try and see what the results would be. Used a Mamiya 645 in a studio setting (not sure of the model anymore). But the results were not bad other than my exceeding the flash sync speed. Fast forward to June of 2014, I had a Canon EOS 630 and started using it again for family related images. This sparked my curiosity in film again, so I...

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I am Hilde Heyvaert and this is why I shoot film

Creative, experimental, quirky and always evolving. Welcome to the words and pictures of Hilde Heyvaert! No more introduction from me, it’s over to you Hilde!     Hi Hilde, what’s this picture, then? HH: It’s a zeppelin stuck in a building! How awesome is that!? It’s definitely not the best photo I’ve ever made, but it was on the first roll I ever shot with my beloved Agfa Isola 1, and it’s of one of my favourite things to photograph in the entire world. So I’m inflicting it all on you, too. This is Café Hyperion in Disneyland Paris, I’ve...

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Long exposure film tests part one: ILFORD PAN F+, ILFORD FP4+, ILFORD Delta 100 Professional

Long exposure film photography is a technique central to my currently ongoing photography project, Where We Meet. Capturing the smooth extensions of water movement, contrasted with static elements of the shoreline is the key to this visual narrative. Of course, technical challenges and possibilities abound when it comes to using film for long exposure. First, there is the concept of reciprocity failure, something that to the outsider may seem like another black magic aspect of our craft. Then, the film, as it usually does, offers a wide range of creative options, going well beyond the crisp and predictable realm of...

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I am Laidric Stevenson and this is why I shoot film

The eagle-eyed amongst you will recognise today’s interviewee from his excellent and much-discussed review of the Bronica GS-1 system; as well as the beautiful images which accompany it. For the rest of you, you’re in for a treat. It’s time to sit down with Laidric Stevenson. Over to you, Laidric!   Hi Laidric, what’s this picture, then? LS: This is a self-portrait made back in 2004 during my second college tour. I graduated in 2000 with a BA (in Journalism), but after about 4 years of kicking around in the same job, I decided that I wanted to go back...

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I am Rhianne Hart and this is why I shoot film

Anyone who’s been paying attention to the heart of the film photography community over on Twitter should have heard of today’s interviewee by now. Shame on you if you haven’t. Hailing from the UK, Rhianne Hart is a long time blogger and photographer, and many of her photographs have what I’d describe a “smallish” quality to them. Don’t understand what I mean? Read on to see for yourself. Over to you, Rhianne!   Hi Rhianne, whats this picture then? This was such a hard start to the interview! I decided to pick a photo I love and one that...

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I am James Tarry and this is why I shoot film

If you’ve not come across today’s interviewee before, you’re in for a treat. He’s a mixed medium, mixed format but not mixed message photographer (currently based in London, which he loves/hates). If you have come across him before you’ll know that he’s active, engaging and his work is thoroughly mesmerizing. It’s the one and only James Tarry! Over to you, James.     Hi James, whats this picture then? JT: This is the picture that got me on my way to the project/technique that I am currently using. Initially I had picked up a monorail technical 4×5 camera after...

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