It’s over, Kodak.

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  Well, this is it. My 100 ft roll of Kodak Tri-X is over. As it was my first time rolling film myself I wanted to write down some points for the future based on the experience. always remember to put the cassette case on the spool before starting rolling use good tape when fixing film on the spool or …

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Weekly Challenge – Temporary

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  It’s been a long time since I posted a weekly challenge but couldn’t pass this one by. As my son grows up he starts to appreciate the moments spent with his grandma more and more every time. He knows she lives far from us and she comes twice a year to visit, and he knows she won’t stay long. …

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Lightroom alternative for a film shooter?

In 35mm, Film by Ivan2 Comments

  Several months ago I’ve subscribed to Adobe’s photography package with Lightroom and Photoshop included. At the time the idea of having both magnificent photo tools for only $9.99 a month seemed quite legitimate, but after some time using or should I rather say NOT using this software I faced a dilemma. As I’m shooting mostly film and hardly ever …

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Black and white with yellow

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Disclaimer: this post is by no means an advertisement but my personal opinion based on the experience. This year despite all the challenges and issues I have with my photography, I’ve nevertheless made an important step forward by printing my work. I don’t mean doing it at home, it’s still very unlikely, but I started ordering prints at labs. First …

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Same red flower, another camera

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    Found a roll of Portra 800 I shot in spring and didn’t develop, so gave it a go. The chemicals are still good despite not being used for more than three months, and the results are a-Okay for the expired film shot at half speed.  

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A silhouette in warm tones

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It’s funny what one can fish out from the photo archive sometimes. Absolutely by accident I came across the photos from my studio photo shoot 7 years ago. That was my one and only time I shot in a studio with all the fancy strobes and stuff. My wife’s friend who is a professional photographer now and was studying back …

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A minute of vanity

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Some time ago I contacted a guy who runs Emulsive.org website asking how I could contribute to the community. All I could think about was to translate an article or write some kind of film review or my impressions of film photography or something like that. Hardly had I expected what will come out of this. Last week my feature …

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Huh?

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This portrait of my son became one of my favourite¬†family photos straight away, but the irony here is that it was shot by accident. I couldn’t remember taking it and later I realised it was one of the first “technical” frames in a new roll. I’ll allow myself a bit of old-sock rambling and say that this photo would never …

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Now we’re talking, Kodak Tri-X

In 35mm, Film by Ivan3 Comments

As I’ve mentioned already here or on social media, I’ve got myself a 100 ft roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 and now all of my 35mm cameras – which is not many – are loaded with it. Before the latest batch, the results were so-so to my taste. A puzzling mixture of failed expectations and “I’m open to whatever develops …

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My 3 cents in defense of film simulation

In Digital, Film by Ivan2 Comments

Recently I’ve read a post by Frank Lehnen in which he points out a phenomenon of film simulation in digital photography. As he claims his loyalty to film he also asks an obvious question: “Why trying to imitate film when there‚Äôs the real thing?” For the record, I completely agree with Frank on what he says about film and its …