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Winter 2012

 

 

         Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012

 

 

Rock Collection

 

I collect rocks - photographically that is. Rock is something that is firm and enduring; a symbol of strength and secure steadfastness. It is often used, in scripture, to typify God Almighty. He alone is The Rock. He is a secure foundation; those who put their trust in him need not be greatly moved in times of trouble. As I am out in the field with my camera, I often encounter beautiful rock formations that remind me of this. The Rock Collection is a gallery of "lithic" images that I have captured along the way. Under the right conditions and quality of light something as common as rock can be interpreted in a beautiful way. Rich in form, texture, and color rock is perhaps the most essential element in the landscape. A little creative vision can see pictures that would otherwise go unnoticed.

 

 

 

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                           A few fine prints from the darkroom

                                     Posted Friday January 27, 2012

 

Winter's White On Winters Run

Harford County, MD

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Hand made silver emulsion print.

Bronica GS-1, 50mm Zenzanon wide angle lens
Kodak Tri X Professional 320 developed in Kodak Xtol 1:1
printed on Agfa MCC 111 F and developed in Dektol 1:2
Print scanned with minor retouches to match print in Photoshop CS2

 

This winter has afforded me some time in the darkroom. I've had an opportunity to print a few photographs from film images that I had developed over the past year. "White" is the theme of this photograph. "Winter's White On Winters Run" is rendered here with two now discontinued materials: Agfa Multicontrast Classic 111 photographic paper and Kodak Tri X Professional 320 120 roll film (It is still available in sheet film). I have six 120 rolls in cryogenic suspension for nostalgic purposes.

ADOX, a German company, is now producing some of the legendary Agfa materials, even if under a new name. Agfa's discontinued Multicontrast Classic 111 photo paper has been brought back into production as ADOX MCC 110. ADOX bought the very same equipment that Agfa once used to coat their photo paper and films. Now the same equipment that once produced Multicontrast Classic 111 for Agfa is now producing MCC110 for ADOX. I have heard that ADOX even hired some of the engineers who worked for Agfa to develop new "Agfa like" products, such as, ADOX 400 Pan a resuscitation of Agfa's APX film. I love that they have included the old term "Pan" in the name of this new film. (for you kids out there "Pan" is short for "panchromatic"- sensitive to all colors) I hope that ADOX can survive and thrive in this down and digital economy. May God preserve ADOX!

I have used Kodak, Ilford, and Agfa products for many years. During that time I have felt a certain loyalty to the yellow giant. It has been sad to watch Kodak discontinue their black and white photographic paper and certain film products with the claim that it is no longer profitable to provide them to the public. The digital age has changed many things. Kodak became the giant as the leader in photo products, but ironically became too big, under waning demand, to continue as the leader in black and white photographic materials. ADOX, like ILFORD and others, deserve our support and business for their primary commitment to classic b&w photography. At this point in the game we should take advantage of their paper and film while they are providing it for us - if you ignore your friends they will go away. I must say, however, I will always shoot Tri X "Pan" as long as it is available. Start freezing it now - I have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Day of Nostalgia with my Rolleiflex T

 

 

 

 

 

Old Rails

Fells Point, Baltimore, MD

Mouse over image for brown tone print

Hand made silver emulsion print

Exposure made with a Rolleiflex T twin lens reflex square format camera
ILFORD HP5 Plus rated at ISO 800 and developed in Diafine 3+3 @ 75F
Printed on ADOX MCC 110 F and developed in Dektol 1:2
Print scanned, retouched, lens corrections, and brown toned in CS2

 

This photograph was captured with my nostalgic Rolleiflex T (vintage 1970). I brought it with me on a summer photo shoot to Baltimore's inner harbor. I put a few rolls of film through it and came home with some great images - many that I have yet to print. The Rollei is a well made german camera that is a lot of fun to shoot. I have always got a kick out of the old waist level viewfinder twin lens cameras. Rolleiflex cameras are very hot among collectors and Rollei enthusiasts - like me. I love all of the diagonal lines and the texture of the old cobblestones in this print.

 

 

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Cover In Cobblestone

Fells Point, Baltimore, MD

Mouse over image for toned print and click to enlarge

Hand made silver emulsion print

Exposure made with a Rolleiflex T twin lens reflex square format camera
Kodak Tri X 400 rated at ISO 800 and developed in Diafine 3+3 @ 75F
Printed on ADOX MCC 110 F and developed in Dektol 1:2
Print scanned with minor retouches and toned in CS2

 

This photograph and the one above were printed on the new ADOX MCC 110 premium photo paper. After just one printing session I found it to be very similar to Agfa's MMC 111. The only differences I noticed was that the ADOX paper has a faster emulsion speed - about 1/2 stop, a slightly more neutral black image tone, the glossy surface is a bit less glossy, and the paper base seems to be just a tiny bit thinner. The differences are very minimal and you would never notice unless you placed them side by side. Essentially, this paper is like having the Agfa paper again which makes me very very happy. Thank you ADOX! I will have to stock more of this in 12X16. The machines that coat the photo paper are the last of their kind making the Adox paper process uniquely nostalgic. I love the fact that in this digital era we can still obtain these old familiar materials to work with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Brick

Fells Point, Baltimore, MD

Hand made silver emulsion print

Exposure made with a Rolleiflex T twin lens reflex square format camera
Kodak Tri X 400 rated at ISO 800 and developed in Diafine 3+3 @ 75F
Printed on ADOX MCC 110 F and developed in Dektol 1:2
Print scanned with minor retouches and lightly toned in CS2

 

This quick grab shot is all about white; Zone VIII to be precise. It is not a strong composition and has several lines merging with the borders. Nevertheless, I like the windows against the "White Brick." Black and white images that feature a predominately white subject (Zone VIII) are very pleasing when properly exposed, developed, and printed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Break

Near Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

Exposure made with a Rolleiflex T twin lens reflex square format camera
Kodak Tri X 400 rated at ISO 800 and developed in Diafine 3+3 @ 75F
Printed on ADOX MCC 110 F and developed in Dektol 1:2
Print scanned, very lightly toned, and cropped in CS2

 

These gents were kind enough to let me capture their moment of urban americana. The newest version of Tri X is pretty amazing in that it preserves the classic film look while providing a very printable tonal range - even when rated at ISO 800 as it is here. The grain is very fine as compared to earlier versions of this film. I bet Kodak just can't wait to discontinue this film. It's far too good to keep in production. Diafine does a great job with this film when rated at 800. This was such a good negative that it needed no dodging or burning in the darkroom; this was a straight print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Featured Photograph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devotional Snapshot

"Eternity In Our Hearts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you friends, for frequenting this blog!

Ron

 

 

 

 


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