Category: photography

Argentiere, Chamonix – too much snow

Hommage to Daido Moriyama

From Hommage to Daido Moriyama, a set on Flickr.

Daido Moriyama and William Klein exhibition at the Tate Modern. Two great street photographers side by side.

Getting the Daido look

I tried to get the look by shooting Kodak Tri-X at ISO 3200 and then developing it in warm D76, still not noisy and contrasty enough for the Daido look. Damn he must treat that film badly!

Seemingly a large component of the Daido look is to heavily crop and enlarge small 35mm negatives to accentuate the grain.

London 2012 Olympics: Men’s road cycling race passing through Fulham

Leica M6, Summicron 40/2. Kodak Tri-X in HC110

I often load a film at night and leave it in the tank ready for developing another day with a Post It to remind me not to open it, as well as which film is in there.

Vintage camera porn on Flickr.

I haven’t played with these beauties for a whole year now so I decided to resurrect them. Still have about 6 rolls of TMAX100 to get through and a Velvia 100. I think I will get myself a C41 kit and experiment with some cross processing.

Developing and scanning process with the Leica CL


I’m starting to get some acceptable results with the Leica CL now after a few teething troubles.

Teething Problems 101

I’ve been using Kodak HC-110 to develop my films (Ilford HP5 above) in my Patterson System 4 tank and reels. There have been troubles…

  1. Loading the reels takes practice, and is not made easier by the fact that the CL reverse loads the film onto its spool – it’s best to cut a generous amount of the film leader off and to leave it rewound in the cannister for 24-hours before loading onto the developing reel.
  2. I had the European Concentrate version of Kodak HC-110. Very confusingly, in 500ml bottles this is weaker than the 1L concentrate syrup sold to the rest of the world (and the UK). I was diluting as per 1L syrup and thus using only 30% of the required developer, no wonder my negatives were pale.
  3. Scanning is a black art requiring precise repetition of steps and careful preparation of the negatives so that they are as flat as possible to achieve even exposure. I tried a few methods but gave in and got a Canoscan 8800F which is a reasonably priced and relatively high-end scanner that gets good reviews.