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Finding Film part 12: Ilford Delta 100 and 400 Professional

Before I begin this month’s #FindingFilm, I’ll give you advance warning. Go and put the kettle on, make a brew, and settle in. This is going to be a long one. Ah Delta……Delta, Delta, Delta. The film that I have heard so many photographers rave about, and the one that almost got away (well, it did get away, and unrolled in front of my eyes…as per article 7 – Delta Disaster). When I try a new film stock, I always buy 2 rolls (just in case one is a dud, or I mess it up). However, for some reason,...

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Finding film part 11: ILFORD SFX 200

Welcome back to another round of #FindingFilm! At the time of writing, it has been a while since I have been out with the camera, shooting black and white film. I have shot several rolls of colour (shock horror, I know! EM made me do it…), as well as doing a couple of weddings and events, working with digital. I do branch out from the world of black and white film every now and then, dear reader. This tends to be around this time of year (July-August at the time of writing), as, to put it bluntly, I hate...

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Finding Film part 10: Rollin’ Rollei Retro 80S and 400S

Hello again! It’s that time of the month where I check out another type of black and white medium format film. For this article, I have been using Rollei Retro, in both varieties; Rollei Retro 400S and Rollei Retro 80S. However, before we get to the shoot, some quick housekeeping. Since my last article, I have been busy with a project, entitled DISCONNECTED. This has meant spending a lot of time with my 35mm camera and working in colour. It has been a very welcome break from shooting medium format, and black and white. Despite the welcome break, do...

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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

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 Plus

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

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

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

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

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

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 Christopher P. Michel and this is why I shoot film

Ladies and gentlemen I’m incredibly proud to bring you the first EMULSIVE interview of 2018, and it’s one I’ve been waiting for myself for quite a while. Indulge yourself and sink into the words and pictures of Christopher P. Michel. Over to you, Christopher…     Hi Christopher, what’s this picture, then? CPM: There is only one ship that can reliably make it to the North Pole – and this is it, the Russian nuclear Icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory. And what’s better than arriving at the North Pole? Flying above it in a balloon. If you’re interested, I’ve...

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I am Mike Janik and this is why I shoot film

Today’s interviewee should need no introduction but he gets one anyway. He’s the fourth or fifth Torontonian to be featured on these pages and the second to be named Mike – a sorely oversubscribed demographic. Regardless of geography, I’m proud to be able to bring you all the work and words of Mr Mike Janik! Over to you, Mike.     Hi Mike, what is this picture, then? MJ: This is a shot of Toronto’s financial district from the CN Tower’s lookout – if I could show everything I hold dear in a single photo, it’d be this one....

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I am Fabian Schmid and this is why I shoot film

You might remember today’s interviewee from part one of his beautiful 2017 travelogue. I’m so glad to be able bring more of his words and pictures here today. Over to you, Fabian!     Hi Fabian, what’s this picture, then? FS: This is one of my favorite black and white pictures I’ve taken. There’s not a lot on it, it’s quite minimalistic. It’s part of an ongoing series I call Stillness. I like its mood that transmits a certain calmness – or stillness – and is created by the simplicity of the picture, a beautiful landscape along with the weather...

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Why shoot film – by Simon King

Although I’m still only starting out with my exploration of film photography I have a few images already that I feel indicate where my style and taste will arrive. The images I shoot on film are very distinct from my digital work, and not just because they are in black and white. There are a few directions I will be attempting to take this, and I also what to see what kind of habits I naturally fall into, so that I can use them to strengthen areas I am weak, in both film and digital photography. In short, there...

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Thoughts: The life of a film camera; and all the lives it’s part of – by James Horrobin

This article isn’t on photography per se, it’s about cameras, it’s about our cameras. It’s about the cameras we carry in our bags, pockets or hands. I decided to write this after an old friend from school contacted me about my previous article. We hadn’t spoke in a while but she said that after reading my previous article she dug out an old camera of hers. I’ve never inspired anyone before so it was really nice to read. The reason for me deciding to write off the back of this was because the my friend’s camera is an excellent...

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I am Ante Prskalo and this is why I shoot film

I’m very pleased to be able to bring you the words and pictures of Ante Prskalo, previous contributor to EMULSIVE and dabbler in strange things with Rodinal. Over to you, Ante!     Hi Ante, what’s this picture, then? AP: Mom was burning a haystack and since I had my Praktica MTL5B with me (loaded with Efke 100), I just captured a couple frames. There wasn’t much time to think since the wind was blowing like crazy, and I had to move quickly. No posing whatsoever because mom was too busy to think about that and I feel like those...

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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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