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Gnome in shadows at GT gardens

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Terry S


Registered: December 2011
Location: Southend on Sea, Essex, England UK
Posts: 2,147
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The camera used for this round, for the first time, was a small black plastic compact, called a RAINBOW V. The reason I bought it, was because it has 22mm wide angle lens! Unike the Holga type cameras, which have a nice sharp centre spot and a softness around the edges that I like, this camera is generally quite sharp throughout the whole frame.

The picture enclosed was taken recently, at a gardening scheme where I volunteer when able fitting my attendance around my university course.

At this time of year the sun is low most of the day. I was walking around the garden mid afternoon when I noticed this new gnome hiding, spot lit in a darkish corner. With the low sunlight, there was some lovely dark shadows.

What with the camera having a fixed shutter of 1/125 and a fixed aperture of f11, even with ISO 400 Rollei RPX film, I wasn’t sure if anything would even come out in development. But, stand developing the film for about an hour in Rodinal @ 20c, @ 1 + 100 with a minimum of 6ml developer, (I have been experimenting with this technique recently), I ended up with quite a dark negative but one which was very printable.

In the darkroom, I initially exposed for the gnomes highlights and let the rest of the print do what it wanted to do. The final print just required some burning in of the corners and a couple of the highlights slightly. I also felt that it should be printed full frame including the border and I quite like the end result. My partner says it is quick ‘spooky’, which I agree with and like for that reason.

Having done a few different films using the stand development now, all taken under varying conditions, from bright sun to overcast, unless I am in any hurry, it has quickly become my development procedure of choice. It gives me negatives that are generally very easy to print. So if you haven't tried it yet, you should! Smile
· Date: Sun, 17, November, 2013 · Views: 1635
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Keywords: Rollei ISO 400 RPX film; stand development; Rainbow V; rodinal; full frame printing
Film make, size & rating:: Rollei ISO 400 RPX film
Film developer & temp:: Rodinal STAND developed at APPROX 20C
Lens Focal Length, aperture & speed:: 22mm fixed lens; fixed f11 and 1/125 aperature and shutter
Tripod used Y or N:: No
Paper:: Ilford RC Pearl
Paper developer & temp:: Ilford MG print dev @ 20C in a Nova slot tank

Mike O'Pray

Registered: October 2008
Location: Daventry, Northants
Posts: 7,519
Sun, 17, November, 2013 9:37pm

Very atmospheric. It looks for all the world like a gnome in a torch beam. Unless you had explained the circumstances few, I think, would have imagined the light conditions to have been what they were

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