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Friday, 25 October 2013

Zero double take project first results.


Zero 6x9 camera. film FP4+ 120 format 6x6 neg size,
developed in PMK Pyro and printed on silverproof
paper, developed in Ilford warm tone dev.
As I sit here reviewing the first batch of photographs from double take, the wind and the rain is still lashing the property - something it has been doing for the last twenty four hours. I'm pleased to be inside in front of a warm fire with Tabatino who is stretched out in front of it like a rug. 


Zero 6x9 camera. film FP4+ 120 format 6x6 neg size,
developed in PMK Pyro and printed on silverproof
paper, developed in Ilford warm tone dev.
The contact print shows that the second exposures are quite weak and will require dodging and burning to make their presence felt. With this in mind I  have been using half page test strips  so I can see how much more exposure is needed to bring out the weaker parts of the negative. This has given me a better overall idea of how much extra time the weaker parts of the picture need so I can get as close as possible to what the final print will look like. Having  chosen to use 6x6 negatives I find myself cropping them to a landscape frame size giving me more choice over which parts of the negative make the final composition and partly to get the best use out of the paper size. I'm using Silverprint's gloss proof paper mainly because I believe it has added something to the overall expression of the photographs.
Zero 6x9 camera. film FP4+ 120 format 6x6 neg size,
developed in PMK Pyro and printed on silverproof
paper, developed in Ilford warm tone dev.

The results of this first film have been a pleasant surprise in that most of the negatives have produced picture combinations that work well. Whether this is down to luck or the pre-planning in the picture combinations only time will tell. The day I took the pictures was a challenge in that it was windy with a broken cloud sky that was fast moving making metering each shot difficult. By the time I had worked out the shutter speed and opened it the scene in some cases had gone from bright sunshine to dull and overcast or vice versa. It just goes to show how forgiving film is when it comes to exposing it in rapidly changing light conditions over extended periods. These were printed at grade 3 and not my more common split procedure.

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Reciprocity

The start of double take.