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In return I will give you exclusive access to:

Limited Edition Darkroom prints - Handprinted Silver Gelatin 7" x 5" or 12" x 9.5" prints (unmounted).

Access to early editions of bi-yearly Zines comprising digital reproductions of Film based images throughout each half-year.

Access to VIP Canoe Adventures here in Scotland.

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@matt good tonal range in the neg+print especially in the canoe photo. Also thin at the top & wide at the bottom border adds to the overall look & and feel too. πŸ“·πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

3 Very good prints today.

Camera: Mamiya C220 (which at the time I was unsure if it actually worked or was light tight)
Film: FP4+
Subject: Out for the day scoping out campsite possibilities on the Big East River, near Huntsville, Ontario with my friend.

Print:
40.8 secs Grade 3 bit of dodging here and there.
8" x 8" on 12" x 9.5" paper
Adox 311 Glossy
Adox Neutol Eco

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I'll scan when they're dry... πŸ“·

Just about enough 'muffin' to hold the Blueberries together.... Good though with Sunday morning Coffee.

Hopefully this summer will produce a bigger crop of BB on our own plants. We had a few handfuls this last season in their first year of growing.

Another grim, wet and windy day in the 'sticks.'

Blueberry and Ginger Muffins in the oven though, 12 minutes to wait + a bit of cooling time... 🍰 β˜•

Dodging and Burning later I have something I like...

Scan coming soon. πŸ˜ƒ I'll do a side by side of last night result and today's result.

Workflow:
Grade 3 (15Y/70M)
Stop down to f/22 to give me some working time.
24 secs overall. + some Dodging of highlight edges.

Using a cut-out from a previous print to create a mask...
5.6 secs background Burn.
8 secs shadows Burn.
8 secs deep shadows Burn.

Oh and change of paper - Adox 312 Pearl.

Made a print last night I was quite happy with. To get it where I want needs some dodge/burn manipulation.

A series of 4 prints (same) to get to where I am. This morning I looked at the scanned/GIMP image I made same subject. Making plans for how I can recreate in the wet darkroom...

Interestingly, two end results (so far) are a long way apart..!

I have four images from same roll - 120 Fuji Acros 100, I'd like to print as a series. if all works out...


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Feels like a few folk are trying to run before they can walk on the @write_as / @writefreely discussion forum..!

I'm worried that the lightweight simplicity of a great platform will become bloated by too many enhancements and add-ons ultimately.

Not been a technical 'guru' developer, I would see a lot of the functionality been asked for as a 'Plugin' that is entirely optional for the users, rather than a core component of the system..?

@matt

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@matt When you get that 'special negative' of that' ideal b&w photograph, exposed/burned & dodged to perfection, brew it all up onto archival 'Gallerie' fibre, glossy, paper, mount it on acid free board and display it in public....

Or

Just as in the same way, you do none of the above, simply printing your photographs for your own satisfaction....

Well, nobody can ever take that achievement away from you!

Or indeed will they from me.
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I also printed an image that I had developed in Caffenol (HP5+) & decent print except for one major thing! Pinholes. Holding the neg up to the light = numerous pinholes. Seems it may be an Alkali/Acidity thing between dev/stop.

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Time in the darkroom this afternoon.

Struggling with some of my negatives. Producing 'muddy' prints. Replaced developer, checked temp's & checked borders of prints - think I have ruled out 'paper fogging'. My conclusion is that it is the negative at fault..?

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Bird table in use this morning. Normally it is overun by Chaffinch's but today we have mostly Great Tit and Coal Tit

Knocked up out of scrap wood and some Ash poles I had coppiced earlier in the winter, bit of rope to reinforce the bracing (should hopefully fade...)

Placed just outside the office/snug window so ideal for observations.

Bit of reflection from taking the photo through the glass...

Fancy donating to my LiberaPay account..?

liberapay.com/Matt-Social/dona

In return I will give you exclusive access to:

Limited Edition Darkroom prints - Handprinted Silver Gelatin 7" x 5" or 12" x 9.5" prints (unmounted).

Access to early editions of bi-yearly Zines comprising digital reproductions of Film based images throughout each half-year.

Access to VIP Canoe Adventures here in Scotland.

Rewired the Leitz enlarger today. I had ordered a new plug to fit the donated timer I had (plus a second one for the Leitz).

As I was unwiring the 13amp plug and the rocker switch I noticed that the flex was looking a bit past its best and added 2m of new flex to an order for some household lamps.

Result is I now have both the LPL7700 and the Leitz Valoy II enlargers working and plug-gable to the 'new' to me timer.

If you're into film and darkroom alchemy then I suggest you have a visit, trawl and even participate over at the 'crusty old blokes' forum: film-and-darkroom-user.org.uk/

It could do with livening up a bit πŸ˜‰ . There are a few active folks, all very willing to help with anything analogue, just don't mention ' digital'...! There is a tremendous amount of knowledge buried in the forum, just waiting for folks to ask questions.

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Loch Nevis.
7" x 5" Silver Gelatin Print

Paper: Adox MCC Glossy
Dev: Adox Neutol Eco

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In order to get where I ended up:

Original:
Camera: Mamiya RZ67
Film: Rollei Retro 400S
Dev: Ilford ID11

Print:
Total print exposure was 8.6 secs. @ Grade 5.

3 secs with a dodge applied to the sea.
3 secs with a second dodge applied to the highlights in the sky.
2.6 secs overall.
0.4 secs 'supplementary' burn on the dark area of sky.

Print is drying.

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Spent a bit of time and a few sheets of paper last night attempting to get my head round F-Stop printing technique..!

I was using a very difficult negative though πŸ˜” Rollei Retro 400 S severley underexposed at the time - my excuse was it was the first film i had really shot in many decades on a camera I was still trying to fathom at the time...

Anyway from my learning last night, today I have made a print that is acceptable I think..!

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Supplies arrived.

Film and Paper Dev.
Fixer.
Paper.
Negative Archive sheets.

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