Week-1-Project Development


Jan 30th: Loaded up some Tri-X original 5063;  I bought on Ebay. Expiration date 1978.  I bought a 50ft roll, and I loaded up two canisters of 36 exposures. Using my old Nikon F. I use a Lloyds bulk loader and Kalt 35mm re-loadable cassettes.

Courtesy of B&H Photo NY.

I get all my supplies and chemicals from Freestyle Photo in Hollywood or B&H Photo in New York.

My Nikon F + 45mm f/2.8 Nikkor. © Pierre Chemaly
Kodak Tri-X 5063. Expiration date: 1978 © Pierre Chemaly








I will go out to make some images on the old film and see how they turn out. Hard to believe that I will be shooting film that is over 40 years old. It felt very strange in my hands, it seemed thicker to the touch, so I will measure it with a micrometer when I have a moment to see if the emulsion and the film base is thicker than my Ilford HP5+ and the Kentmere 400 I am using at present. I will make a decision on processing time and chemicals when I come back from the shoot. I will most probably use Kodak D76 stock, to stay true to the Kodak tradition.

Got back from photographing, spent about 4hrs out on HWY 138 and I-5 and a few side roads. Did find a nice shot to-day, part of a fence had been torn down, and replaced by yellow plastic with a bow tied in it, so I got one good shot today. Was excited to bring out the old Nikon ‘F’ and to use Tri-X 5063 and my new used Gitzo tripod, (see below.)  Felt like a time warp just knowing the film the camera and myself was over 40 years old. It was a great feeling. I figured the base fog would be high for such an old film, but it should not be a problem scanning and working the film in Lightroom, I’ve worked with some pretty bad negatives in the past with some very good results. Digital lightroom is a great program. I like marrying analogue with digital, and this is where I like doing it. 35/6×6/7 and Lightroom.

Came back, developed the film at 75˚F. in Kodak D76 stock solution. It is recommended to develop for 5.5 minutes, but I gave it 6. I rated the film at 200 ISO (film was rated 320 ISO back then) and fixed for 4mins and washed the Ilford way with 4 changes from 5 to 30 inversions (slight modification)

Kodak development times for Kodak 5063: http://wwwuk.kodak.com/global/en/service/faqs/faq0034.shtml

The images are all well exposed, good highlight and shadow detail. Development is good, but as expected, the base fog/density is high.  There is good tone separation from shadow to highlight, so I feel that the film should scan well.  I am very excited to get scanning. The film is drying, so that will be a while.

Jan 26th: Bought myself a new/used tripod. A Gitzo Sport Performance Gilux Tripod with heavy duty R NO.2 Ballhead  a 3 axes head. I always wanted one of these. I have a Tiltall 3 way axis head and try-pod as well but it’s a little bulky. Feel the Gitzo will be a great help when I need to tripod my shots. Nice movement of the head.  Pan,  Horizontal +Verticle Tilt, and Dutch.

Photo courtesy of Ebay

Loaded two canisters of Kentmere 400. It is made by Ilford, but much cheaper than the HP5+

Kentmere 400. Photo courtesy of B&H Photo N.Y.
Ilford HP5+ Photo courtesy of B&H Photo N.Y.

Decided to give it a try. I hand load all my black and white film so it works out much cheaper than buying the film at Freestyle Photo in Hollywood by the roll. I order almost all my supplies from B and H in New York City.  Very quick ship, no tax, here at my doorstep in 3 days, so quite a savings. Orders need to be more than $49 in order to get free shipping. I generally buy film, developer and other supplies at one time so its not a problem reaching $49.

Going out to photograph, going to re-phtograph, some of the fence shots that I like. Experimenting with my old Kodak Realist, so had to spend some time cleaning it, and reading up the old user manual.

It’s winter now here in LA, so it gets dark early, the sun is beginning too drop, it’s 2.45p.m. so want to go out and shoot some images today on my Nikon F3 and the old Kodak.  The advantage of hand loading is I can load how many images I want, don’t need to load a whole roll of 36. so I loaded a roll of 20 images each, should be able to shoot those off in the next two hours. Would also like to experiment with some flash/nite photography so may attach my hola 12MFC manual flaskh to the Kodak and do some nite shots.

Interested to do some Gas station shots and work this module, and incorporate that with Fences.  Will discuss with Dr. Steph before I move forward however will be shooting some pre shots before this module begins.   Getting late…

Got back. Shot a roll of Kentmere 400, 35mm on the old Kodak. Decided to shoot a short “Fence video”  Will develop film and scan tomorrow. Edit a one minute fence movie. Nothing found that was too exciting to-day. Glad I went out to photograph. It was nice to take a break from the ‘books’.

Will be developing film this morning. Kentmere 400, Kodak D76, and Clayton Rapid Fixer.   I will be trying a new way of washing film to-day.  The Ilford way. Instead of running water in my tank for 5 to 10 minutes like I did in the past. I will be doing the Ilford way:

1. Rinse tank and film. (I have a jug of reverse osmosis water.)

2. Fill tank, 5X tank inversion and dump.

3. Refill, 10X inversion and dump.

4. Refill, 20X inversion and dump.

This cuts down water use, and I am using with Clayton Rapid Fixer, which is non-hardening. The idea is two fold.

  1. To save water.
  2. I will be using reverse osmosis water. My water is very hard, and if I tap wash, even with filtration, minute particles of the mineral sticks to my film, and have to clean with a film cleaner afterwards.  So want to see if this solves the problem.

Clayton Rapid Fixer: https://www.freestylephoto.biz/366194-Clayton-Rapid-Fixer-(RF19)-1-Gallon

Ilford Film Wash:  https://www.ilfordphoto.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Reducing-Wash-Water.pdf

Kentmere 400 100ft:  https://www.freestylephoto.biz/99400-Kentmere-400-ISO-35mm-x-100-ft.-Rol

B&H Photo. NY. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/251843-REG/Kodak_8275497_D_76_Developer_Powder_for.html?sts=pi

I developed the two rolls of film and washed it Ilford style. However there are still tiny specs of material on the film. I am starting to suspect the Kodak D-76 which I mix from powder. I will be going down to see a friend to-morrow at Paramount, and I will buy some Adox Rodinol liquid developer at Freestyle Photo which is close by, and do some developing with that and see if a liquid developer is cleaner.  I will also stain the D-76 through a coffee filter before developing the next roll of film to see if there is any improvement, and by that I mean, a cleaner negative, free from tiny particles. There is also a light film, that looks like a little oily in constitution. It may be the after-market Photoflo I am using. I will buy some Kodak Photoflo to-morrow as well and see if I can clear up the negatives.

The negatives came out well exposed. with a nice contrast, just the way I like it. Should scan and print well. Which I will be doing next.

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