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Terry S


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Like most, I have a variety of cameras and I like to give them all a regular airing, so depending upon my mood will help decide which one I will use at any particular time.


The print for this round was taken on one of my Holga’s, which I took out to a gardening scheme where I have been volunteering twice a week, for people with Mental Illnesses (as I suffer from depression) = htttp://www.trustlinks.org


The garden is very much a working garden, which is open to the public, with vegetables being grown by the volunteers to sell to help with funds. The larger part of the garden is partly landscaped and partly wild as we have a ‘help nature and it’s creatures’ ethos. With the sun very high in the sky just now, there can be some very contrasty lighting through out the day, which is how I like my light.


On the day I took my camera in, loaded with Rollei 200, I took a few pictures of some of the people there, some more of plants and some of other structures. One has to think more carefully when restricted to only 12 or 16 exposures.


Now the thing about the Holga is getting the focus sharp as it only has symbols above the lens to help you, so it is very touch and go. It is one of the quirks that people seem to like about the camera but to me there is sharp, then artistic and then totally out of focus! Well, about a third of my negs were totally out of focus, so no good for anything.


I tried printing one of the ‘artistic’ negs but it didn’t print how I saw it in my minds eye and so I printed up a couple of the other negs, which resulted in the print for this round being done.


As I got ready to develop the film, I realised that I only had a dribble of my first ever used bottle of Rodinal left, but just enough to use the higher dilution than I normally do, so 1 + 50 it was. Stop and fix were as usual and the film was then rinsed in water put through a professional filtering system that Irecently bought, which now guarantees me perfectly clean negatives after years of problems - hurrah!!! Undoing the film from the reel, I found that I had left the 6 x 4.5 mask in the camera but had set my window counter to 6x6 negs, so I had heavily spaced negs and I was a bit worried that I might have inadvertently cropped some of the negs in camera, as I had composed for the square format, but for this neg at least, the composition was fine.


As usual, I printed it slightly darker than my RH analyzer recommended along with a ½ stop harder grade of paper as well. It was printed on Ilfords relatively new FB MG ART 300 paper using Ilford chemicals in a Nova slot tank and then washed and air dried. For a FB paper it does dry quite flat. I am still getting used to the paper and am coming to the conclusion that it's fibres are a bit too soft when in the chemicals, to use the pinned holders that one uses with the Nova system, hence the print ended up with tiny holes and tears on one side of it.
· Date: Sat, 15, September, 2012 · Views: 2510
· Filesize: 34.1kb, 52.2kb · Dimensions: 572 x 712 ·
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Keywords: holga, Rollei 200, Rodinal, Art 300
Film make, size & rating:: Rollei. 120, 200
Film developer & temp:: Rodinal @ 1+50 @ 20C
Lens Focal Length, aperture & speed:: Holga = fixed lens and aperture
Tripod used Y or N:: No
Paper:: Ilford Art 300
Paper developer & temp:: Ilford MG 20C

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Terry S
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Sat, 15, September, 2012 3:02pm

I forgot to say that you can just about pick up some of the texture of the Ilford Art 300 FB paper in the shadow areas. It's a lovely paper, especially so when used with the right subject.


You will also notice the central area being more in focus than the outer areas but that is one of the features of a Holga's lens and one which I really like.


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MartyNL

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Sat, 15, September, 2012 4:48pm

Lovely print, I really like it!

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Mike O'Pray
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Sat, 15, September, 2012 8:35pm

Terry, I am a strictly RC only user but had considered a trial of this new FB paper as the consensus is that it dries flatter than FB usually does but your comment on your problem with Nova clips has made me review my position. If the paper can't stand up to the clips then this tips the balance against its use. Pity


Of course there is the little matter of cost as well!


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Terry S
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Sun, 16, September, 2012 1:24pm

Thanks for the comment Marty. :-)


Mike, yes the Art 300 paper does require a bit of an investment but it really is a lovely paper for the right picture.


I forgot to add, that after the Nova pin problem, causing the slight tears at the edges, I have started to develop it in the Nova slot processor still but with the usual tray tongs = as the paper has a habit of floating(!) but this makes it easy to get out to put into the next chemical. So the developing side is sorted but when it comes to washing, it has to be pushed under the water on a regular basis or pegged down in some way as it will float on the top on the water otherwise.


Without looking, I don't know what the cheapest pack of this paper is, but it's definitely worth the investment to at least try some.


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