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A minute of vanity

In 35mm, Film, Personal favourites by Ivan0 Comments

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?

In 35mm, Film by Ivan0 Comments

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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Enjoying the sunset

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Living by the sea was never my dream or goal, it just happened that we live on the coast. That’s why, I guess, we don’t go there very often. But once in a while, it is so relaxing and calming to come and enjoy the sound of waves and the view of the mountains lit by the setting sun. It’s …

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Black flower, white plate

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For the last month or so I’ve been developing only colour film and kinda forgot how it feels to soup b&w. Last weekend I’ve finally unpacked my new developer for black and white – Kodak HC-110 – and did a couple of rolls. As more pictures from those two are coming, I want to start off with a flower. I …

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My Lucky Developments

In 35mm, Film by Ivan2 Comments

One of my colleagues, having seen me with a film camera, brought his old Nikon F65 and gave me as a present. In a camera bag, I found an unexposed roll of Lucky film and decided to test the camera with this roll. As it hasn’t been refrigerated for a long time I expected it to be something completely different …

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Looking for the Emperor of the Dune

In 35mm, Film by Ivan2 Comments

Hey, let’s have a break from street photography and enjoy some landscapes for a change. While I’m still waiting for the new b&w developer to arrive, I’ve processed a couple of expired-long-ago colour rolls of Fujifilm C200. Most of the photos are for the family archive but there were some pictures from one of our Saturday trips in winter that …

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The Camera That’s Always with Me

In 35mm, Film by Ivan2 Comments

Like many photographers out there I have several cameras. As I shoot film the majority is vintage cameras of the yesteryear. Once in a while I decide to take one of them and shoot for some time, then I choose another one and so on. But there is one camera that’s always with me. This camera has literally seen all …

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Identity Crisis

In 35mm, Film by Ivan5 Comments

Am I an artist?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. When reading other photographers’ blogs and listening to podcasts, for example. The authors are all acclaimed photographers whose work is recognized and praised and whose passion for photography helps them earn a living this way or another. I look at their work and see the vision, the emotion and the hard work put behind it. I see that they really thought everything through before pushing the button, and because of all that, they have the full right to call themselves artists. And I?

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Red on Blue

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Recently I’ve finally started to develop colour film at home. Having bought the chemicals several months ago I couldn’t get it going, you know, I had to make the chemicals from powder concentrates and for that I had to bring water to a certain temperature and in order to do that I had to warm water… ugh. Sometimes I felt too lazy …