(still have some film to develop – will update this when complete)


Deardorff 8×10 with 300mm at f/5.6 and some lens swing


detail showing sharp focus on eye and smooth fall off to out of focus.


paper negative version of above. Foma RC rated at EI 6.


paper negative Foma RC rated at EI 6. Deardorff 8×10 with 240mm lens at f/5.6 and some lens swing.



6 books borrowed during September.

Photobooks at ACP Gallery

October 6, 2016


The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) is running an exhibition curated by Daniel Boetker-Smith, the director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. The show is on until 15th October at 118 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Sydney. There are 40 books from the Archive that can be looked through by visitors, as well as an exhibition of the project Thai Politics no.3 by photographer Miti Ruangkritya. I interviewed Daniel for the ACP and you can read it at the ACP website. We talked about the Archive, photobooks in general, as well as the Asia-Pacific region. The APPA is a great idea, well run, and is sure to be of increasing significance as the collection grows and as the region changes. There are some amazing books on display – as Daniel said, it amounts to 40 bodies of work, something impossible for a gallery to display in traditional exhibition format.

Below is a view of the space, showing Thai Politics no.3, which is photographs of defaced election posters from Bangkok in 2011.




Library books, August 2016

October 6, 2016


8 books borrowed during August.

4×5 project, August 2016 #8

September 20, 2016

I decided to test some Plus-X I was given a couple of months back. This was an opened box and the film had expired in June 1998. The person who gave it to me had been given it by someone else, however I was told that it had been in a freezer. I was also told that other old film from the same source had worked out OK. I used to like using Plus-X in 35mm and I particularly recall liking it rated at 400 and processed in Diafine. Kodak discontinued Plus-X in 35mm about 2010 or 2011, however the sheet film versions were discontinued around 2005. I rated this at 100 (box speed was 125 but 100 is easy to meter) and processed in Rodinal 1+50 for 13 minutes. It worked out well with low base fog and good exposure. There seems to be about fifteen sheets still in the box so I will work through the rest.


Kodak Plus-X with Symmar 210mm, above and below


The exposure below was made on the same day, just after the top photo, however this was using the last of the Adox CHS II. The lens was a Sironar N 150mm. This and the first photo were done in Surry Hills and the middle one was at Marrickville.


4×5 project, August 2016 #7

September 19, 2016

A simple comparison between Ilford FP4 and Adox CHS II. The films were processed separately as I decided that the CHS II needs a bit more than the FP4 – 9.5 mins vs 9 min in Rodinal 1+50


Above is Ilford FP4 in Chamonix 045N2 with Symmar 210mm.

Below is Adox CHS II everything else the same.


Similar tonality however on the scan I noticed a blotchiness in the sky on the CHS. Nothing to do with the camera as the FP4 was exposed at the same time with the same lens. It’s also not a developing problem as I have another sheet of CHS II processed at the same time that doesn’t show the blotchiness. Detail example below.



Ilford FP4 and Symmar 210mm above, compared to CHS II below. FP4 is a bit more contrasty, however with more development tweaking I’m sure I could make these films look the same. Based on that I will continue to use FP4 and probably won’t buy CHS II again. Not because it’s a bad film, but because I want to simplify to just a few films. There is a fair bit of front rise used on all these shots. I really like the Symmar 210mm as it has plenty of image circle for movements.




A quick test I did recently comparing the same scene photographed with a red filter over the lens, compared to the same scene with no filter. The car in the foreground was red, and the building in the top right was red brick. Despite what some people say, red filters used with black and white film will lighten red subjects as well as darkening blue. We can also see the loss of shadow detail as shadows have a lot of blue in them, e.g. the lower left corner shadow cast be the car. The film was Kodak Double-X 5222 rated at 400, exposed in a Nikon FE with 55mm lens. The filter was a standard Hoya red. Processed for 11 minutes in Rodinal 1+50.