These are the 31 days and 30 articles that made EMULSIVE in January 2021. There’s no fancy countdown here, just my usual recap for those of you who missed the goings-on.
If you have been giving monochrome (aka black and white) film photography a go, you will have realised that film doesn’t quite see things the way your eye does. With modern, panchromatic film stocks that “see” the entire visible light spectrum, the difference isn’t great but can be significant in some areas. In this article, I’ll be providing you with an overview of the main […]
5 Frames… On the high-impact polystyrene Ami 6×6 with Arista.EDU Ultra 100 (EI ??? / 120 format) – by Brian DuBois I love Black and White film. Historically, it is where photography began and the process allows for so much personalization with multiple film and developer choices. As part of the historical fascination, I love looking at cameras from around the world; especially those accessible […]
5 Frames… Of ILFORD HP5 PLUS developed in Caffenol-C (35mm Format / EI 400 / Voigtlander Bessa R2 + Leica Summicron 50mm)
Paddy is a science teacher at the school where I work and a friend I’ve known for years. He likes: Star Wars Coffee Astrophysics American Football I’m an English teacher. I like: Star Wars Tea Photography Poetry Besides Star Wars, the friendship is mostly based on us both being decent blokes. But recently, we found a new area where, in the Venn diagram of our […]
Shot 100 years ago: Developing Kodak Premo-Pack 4×5 film from a Rochester Premo B camera ~ by Salvador Busquets One of the most fascinating things I’ve found by collecting cameras is that from time to time, there is some exposed — but not developed — film or glass plate. They often have spent decades inside the camera and are über-expired; the so-called “found film”. But […]
5 Frames… From my first roll of ILFORD HP5 PLUS on an old Nikon F-401 (35mm Format / EI 400 / Nikon Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5)
My first adventure with ILFORD HP5 PLUS ISO 400 black and white film was exactly what I hoped for — this film is great. I’m relatively new (less than 6 months) to analogue photography, or indeed any photography, and this film is known as one of the best all-rounders with good reason. I shot this on a fairly tidy yet ultimately old and basic Nikon […]
5 Frames… Of ILFORD Delta 100 Professional in the snow (35mm format / EI 50 / Nikon F + Nikon Nikkor-S 35mm f/2.8)
A fresh snow the night before set the scene for a perfect photographic outing in mid-December 2020. I grabbed my Nikon F with a 35mm lens, loaded it with ILFORD Delta 100 Professional and headed for Minden Park, a location I’d been eyeing for such an occasion. There was a fairly overcast sky which would give me an opportunity to capture images that wouldn’t be […]
Hello. My name is Aivaras and I am a bokeh junkie. I got into film photography mostly because of my ability to play with limited depth of field and I still can’t let it go. However, there are minor signs of remission; I already managed to understand that in the 35mm film world at least, I rarely need a lens that’s faster than F/2, that […]
5 Frames… Of ILFORD FP4 PLUS in my first roll in my new Zenza Bronica SQ-B (120 Format / EI 125 / Zenzanon PS 80mm f/2.8)
I’ve been into photography since I was a student at university, it was during the time DSLRs started to become reasonably affordable and were all the rage. Long story short, I bought one and took a bunch of photos over the next few years, but there was always something missing. I got tired of the pursuit of technical excellence rather than the pursuit of substance. […]
5 Frames… Of the Circo Atayde Hermanos on Kodak T-MAX 400 (EI 400 / 120 Format / Hasselblad 503CX + Planar CF 80mm f/2.8)
Do you remember the first camera that made you fall in love or impress you? By this, I mean a time when you knew nothing or very little about photography. In my case, it happened when I was a teenager and I saw a Hasselblad 500C/M for the first time, a Hasselblad, an expensive Hasselblad! …and that’s how the Hasselblad became my white whale; of […]
5 Frames… Along downtown Toronto’s Bathurst Street on CineStill 800T (EI 800 / 35mm Format / Canon EOS 10)
Every Torontonian or Scott Pilgrim vs. The World fan should have some familiarity with the colourful Bathurst Street. As someone who lives alongside northern Bathurst, I had always wondered how I could channel my inner Edgar Wright and explore the area with my camera. The opportunity arose in Winter 2020, when I had to finish off a roll of Cinestill 800T after some portraits. Naturally, […]
Two street photographers make their case for their preferred wide-angle focal length, explaining what works to fulfill their respective vision.
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These are the 30 days and 33 articles that made EMULSIVE in September 2020 – it feels so long ago now. As usual, you’ll find a recap of all the articles published. Before you scroll down, I have to apologise for the lateness of these recap posts in recent months. Things have gotten on top of me but I’ll be publishing a couple every month […]
Swift shooter: The Chinon Auto 3001 has the functions and ergonomics to ensure you don’t miss the decisive moment
The ability to frame in the mind and see a photo before it’s even taken is a key skill, and one that only comes with practice and patience. An equally important factor, though, is the equipment.
5 Frames… Of pre-US election day 2020 on ILFORD FP4 PLUS (Nikon FE / 35mm Format) – by Todd Shorack When I develop a roll of film, I always look forward to seeing the faces of people I have just met on the street, but masks and street portraiture do not mix well. My self-assignments have been stymied. Still, after ordering a new developer – […]
Join the Analog Photography Fireside Chat Episode 3 with SilvergrainClassics on Saturday Jan 23rd Hi everyone, it’s Charys here from Silvergrain Classics again! As we put our feet up by the fire during the long winter nights, SilvergrainClassics magazine has something to help us all see 2021 in a positive light. Our series of free 1-hour webinars features candid thoughts from some of the most […]
5 Frames… On 30+ year expired Kodak Panatomic X driving through New Mexico (EI 32 / Nikon F3 / Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4)
The bulk loader was a deal and came with mystery film. It had a label that said ‘Plus X 125’ so I loaded a small test roll, shot it and developed it in Kodak D-76. The results were way underexposed but it looked like it developed properly and I could read ‘KODAK SAFETY FILM 5060’ on it. A search found that this stuff was probably […]
5 Frames… Of Polaroid Originals on an old Burke & James Orbit 4×5 camera and Ilex Paragon Anastigmat lens
5 Frames… Of Polaroid Originals on an old Burke & James Orbit 4×5 camera and Ilex Paragon Anastigmat lens – by Nathan Acevedo April 2020. I purchased my first 4×5 camera, an old Burke & James Orbit 4×5. Learning to use it was immensely fun and rewarding. I noticed an almost immediate change in how I approach my image-making. Roll forward six months and in […]
Instant Pinhole photos are almost an oxymoron. The film process with the fastest feedback loop coupled with the film process with the longest exposure times. Does it make sense? Well, yes it does, particularly in the Diana Instant Square. In this article, I’ll be taking a look at the camera and how it delivers that classic Diana/toy camera aesthetic in both its traditional “lensed” and pinhole mode. The […]
5 Frames… Of symbols of the German Democratic Republic 1990-expired ILFORD HP5 (120 Format / EI 80 / Pentacon Six + Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar 80mm f/2.8)
Since 2019 I’ve been photographing the remaining symbols of the German Democratic Republic using a stash of (non-PLUS) ILFORD HP5 medium format film that expired in 1990 — the same year as East Germany itself “expired.” I went full “Ossi” (German slang for Easterner) and chose as my kit the Pentacon Six with an 80mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Jena Biometar lens. Both camera and lens […]
5 Frames… Of Mountain biking in the Valtellinesi Alps on Kodak Portra 160 (Canon A-1 and Canon FD 50mm f/1.8)
Autumn is always a great time of the year up there in the mountains. You can be pretty sure to find great colors and different atmosphere. Since last year when I started to get into film photography, I used to carry a film camera alongside a digital one during our outdoor adventures and projects. I take mostly portraits, behind the scenes and mood shots with […]
Agfa Scala 200X is a black and white transparency film, well known in its day for being the only option for generating slides in monochrome. Even back when it was readily available it was still hard to find a lab that could process it. I had never shot with it because of the high price of the film along with the processing, but near the […]
5 Frames… With the half-time-half-frame Konica Auto-Reflex (Fujifilm NEOPAN 400 / 35mm Format / EI 400)
According to Cameraquest, The Konica Auto-reflex is a full- and half-frame 35mm SLR camera made in 1966. It was the world’s first focal plane shutter 35mm SLR with automatic exposure and interchangeable lenses… Johnny Sisson brought it to my attention, and after a search in one of the Facebook camera groups, I was offered one for sale by a lovely chap named Tom Warland. NOTE: This camera is the Konica Auto-Reflex. […]
At the beginning of 2020 I got my hands on the then newly released 35mm ILFORD Ortho PLUS. It was the first low speed black and white that I had shot, as I’d previously been shooting HP5 PLUS or Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed 2-stops to EI 1600. I found that pushing black and white gave me huge flexibility for whatever I was shooting. Shooting a […]
A quick word on my photographic origins, a hiatus, and creative evolution: I started with film photography in the late-1990’s to early-2000’s, self-teaching the basics of exposure and composition on a Nikon F65 SLR. I shot that camera for a few years, fairly religiously, though not very seriously. Then, for some (no?) reason, perhaps around 2005, I gave up on SLR photography. Around the same time, […]
5 Frames… From a walk around Cape Pond, Massachusetts on Kodak Tri-X 400 (35mm Format / EI 400 / Yashica Electro 35 GSN)
Mid-November 2020 — 8 month months into the pandemic. We have to distance, but the one freedom we still can experience is a walk in the woods. Luckily, there’s a path near my home in Gloucester, Massachusetts to neighboring Rockport that is wild, wooded, and ever-changing given the season. In winter, it’s a whiteout. Spring, a marshy, muddy mess. In the summer, it’s tick and […]
On an early grey wet and gloomy Friday morning I walk through Cape Town’s Thibault Square in search of Riviera Salon. With the weather hanging heavy and dark over the city and over myself, I feel a bitter weariness pulling at me and I know the story I’m most likely about to hear is certainly not going to be much lighter either. Through the dark […]
Hi everyone, it’s Charys here from Silvergrain Classics. EM was kind enough to give us some space here to talk about our upcoming Analog Photography Fireside Chat Episode 2 this Saturday, the 9th of January 2021. We hope you’ll see our fireside chats as we do: something to help us all see 2021 in a new light. Some of the most interesting people in the […]
5 Frames… By Seattle’s Pike Place Market on a Hasselblad 500CM and Ilford HP5 PLUS (120 Format / EI 400 / Carl Zeiss Distagon CF 60mm f/3.5)
5 Frames… Near Seattle’s Pike Place Market on a Hasselblad 500CM and ILFORD HP5 PLUS (120 Format / EI 400 / Carl Zeiss Distagon CF 60mm f/3.5) When talk turns to street photography cameras, first thoughts might be 35mm rangefinders or small SLRs, though many iconic shots have been done with larger medium format cameras. To push my own boundaries in fall 2020, I tried […]
5 Frames… Over 8 months on a Kodak Brownie Flash IV with respooled Kodak Portra 160 (620 Format / EI 160)
This ‘five frames’ might more properly be called ‘eight frames’ because it was inspired by an idea in the autumn of 2019 to dig out my very first camera, an old hand-me-down Kodak Brownie Flash IV from 1957, which was given to me by my photography mad dad when I was 8. That was in 1970 when Kodak Instamatics had taken over but the Box […]
Leica is known for its legendary craftsmanship of cameras, but I don’t need to tell you that. Why do you think we all clamour at the idea of finding one amongst our grandfather’s possessions? It’s like finding the holy grail. While pretty much any camera from the M-Series is most sought after, most people would still be satisfied finding a Leica II or III in […]
5 Frames… Of Camels on expired Fujifilm NEOPAN ACROS 100 (35mm Format / EI 100 / Leica M4 + Summicron 5cm f/2)
May 2020. With COVID in full swing, I decided to leave the city and make the hour-long trip to the desert to capture some landscapes. Still getting used to the new (to me) Leica M4, I brought it along with a Summicron 5cm f/2 and a box of assorted film stocks. There was a beautiful, clear blue sky with some gorgeous midday light, and I […]
It’s been 5 years since I launched EMULSIVE – half a decade — during that time, the landscape of the film photography community has changed IMMEASURABLY. For the first time since I can remember, it feels like the film and traditional photography community has truly found its feet. Over the past 12 months alone, we’ve seen an explosion of YouTube channels and new podcasts related […]
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