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Allotment Beckton, East London
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Terry S


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This rounds print was made from a negative that was taken about 15 years or so ago, at an allotment site that I used to grow vegetables on, when I lived in East London.


It was taken on a now no longer held Seagull TLR 120 camera with Ilford FP4. The film would have been developed in Ilford Ilfosol S film developer, which I used at the time, as it was a concentrate, available in small bottles, that lasted a good length of time, which suited me very well.


I have been experimenting lately with various papers and techniques that are new to me. I then thought that this print, would suit the paper that I used, which is Ilford FB MG Matt. It has been given an unusual
edging to it, by putting the paper in a large tray and applying developer with a large brush. I did this as I have been reading about old processes, including tintypes, recently and wanted to try and emulate that look. Whether I have succeeded or not, Iím not sure but personally I think that it suits this picture.


Like Holgaís that have become very popular recently, the Seagull TLRís of the time, quite often would not focus on a flat plane and one side or part of a negative would quite often be out of focus. I quite like this look on occasion but the camera I had finally acquired other problems so it had to be passed on. I do think about obtaining another occasionally though, although I already have a much larger collection of cameras than I really need already! Smile


As the above process is quite unpredictable, this first print, which was held down in an easel, produced some straight lines at the edges of the print, where the developer went onto these areas. I will be trying to soften these bits with some Farmers Reducer soon, (which I havenít attempted to do to this rounds print as early tests have not been too good with a lot of
staining occurring).


The two subsequent prints, I laid on top of the easel and refocused slightly above the easel board, making the focus variable over the prints, adding somewhat to the Seagullís already out of focus in places look.


As for exposure, the print was given a straight exposure overall and then the same exposure again on the edges, using a dodging tool to hold back the central area. It was processed in Ilford chemicals and washed to archive standards. I intend taking this process further with experiments with Liquid Emulsion and toning chemicals, so who knows what the future holds?


I quite like this print even if it didnít come out quite as I
wanted it to. Smile
Date: Sat, 29, June, 2013 ∑ Views: 2268
Filesize: 34.7kb, 87.5kbDimensions: 910 x 721 ∑
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Keywords: tintype, Seagull TLR, FP4, Ilfosol S
Film make, size & rating:: Ilford FP4 120 @ 125
Film developer & temp:: Ilford Ilfosol S @ 20C
Tripod used Y or N:: No
Paper:: Ilford FB Matt
Paper developer & temp:: Ilford MG print dev @ 20C in a Nova slot tank

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peterlg
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Registered: December 2010
Location: living in Luxembourg
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Sat, 29, June, 2013 5:29pm

yep, that's it. The screen shot here is far more contrasty than the print which has a douce and wonderfully smooth feeling to it. If you didn't know better you would think it dates from 1870 or so.
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Terry S
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Sun, 30, June, 2013 11:39am

More interesting comments = thanks Peter. Smile


I'm beginning to see where you are coming from about the overall look and the smooth surface of the paper (Ilford FB matt) and I think the Seagull TLR helped a lot as well. With the out of focus areas, mostly to the right of the picture, which again duplicate slightly, the older softer type lens.


The more I think about it, the more I'm thinking of getting another of the Seagull's, although each one will focus differently and knowing my luck, I will probably get one that is pin sharp.... but nothing a drop or two or a whack with a rubber mallet wouldn't sort out LOL... but could I really do that to ANY camera?!?!!? I'm not sure that I could, even if it is in the right cause! Smile
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MartyNL

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Registered: September 2010
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Mon, 1, July, 2013 10:52am

You've missed a bit...


Sorry Terry couldn't resist!:)


Nice idea.

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