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My film process, process!

There are a number of ways to develop film at home. The most common way is probably by using a film changing dark bag. I do not have one and have come up with another way to do it. I had some black felt that I got from hobby lobby that I used as a black background for a shoot, so I decided to try using that to block out the light coming through the cracks of the door. It worked!

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So get a piece of felt that is cut to about 3 to 4 yards and another cut 1 to 2 yards. I drape the larger piece of felt over the door and then shut it. I push up the smaller piece against the space at the bottom of the door to keep light from coming in there. I also make sure all of the lights are off outside of the bathroom that may be able to leak in ever so sneaky.

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Before you go into the bathroom make sure you have all of the stuff you will need such as your developing tank, reel, and film… Of course  when you load the film onto the reel this needs to be done in pitch darkness.

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Some other things you will need to develop film at home are as follows…

  1. 1 jug to keep your stop bath in
  2. 1 jug to keep your fixer in
  3. something to measure out the chemicals and water.
  4. a thermometer to measure the temp of. the chemicals

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So here is what I do. It may not be the most popular way but it works… First I will put the film on the reel in the bathroom. I will make sure the tank is closed and I will come out of the bathroom. I will pour the correct amount of water into the measuring cup and make sure its the right temp. Side note… different film types and different brands of developer require different amounts of chemicals and developing times. You can check out different development times by film type and developer type by using the Massive Dev app. Then I will pour in the proper amount of developer. Next I will pout it into the canister and start development time. After development, I will use the stop bath, then fixer for the given amount of times. After the fixer I will take off the lid to the tank and run sink water into the canister with the film in and still on the reel for about 10 minutes. Once the wash is done I hang to dry. So far all I’ve used at home is the developer, stop bath, and fixer seen below. If you are interested in developing at home feel free to comment with questions you may have. Last but not least, if you want to get your images online you’ll need to purchase a scanner. I use the Canon Canoscan 9000F mk II.

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Minus the scanner, you can get into developing film at home for around $100 U.S. or less.

The Death of Fujifilm…

Yes, I know, this title may seem like it’s another “film is not really dead” or “hate on Fujifilm” article. However, that could not be further from the truth. I really don’t even want to get into that conversation here. This article is about Fujifilm Acros 100, myself, as well as other photographers and creatives. 

Most photographers, especially those photographers who still have a passion for film know that Fuji recently announced that Acros 100 has been discontinued in all formats. I recently placed what will most likely be the last order for this film. It took 3 weeks for Freestyle Photographic in California to get me the film as it was on back order. As soon as I received it, I went to place another order and they did not even have it offered on their website for purchase anymore. 

I have been tossing around ideas on what to shoot with the last 13 rolls of 120 film that I have. Obviously I want to capture some meaningful images. Being that it’s a 100 speed film trying to capture my 7, 5, and 6 month old children would be more difficult than I’d like as I would need fast shutter speeds and great depth of field for those munchkins. This is where you as a photographer or creative come in…

With the remaining 13 rolls of Fuji Acros 100 that I have, I’d like to make portraits of other photographers. I want to create some magical portraits using off camera flash as well as natural light. I want to show how well the highlights, midtones, and shadows react in different lighting scenarios. Over the next several months I’d like to book photographers from all over the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex and create a body of work in which I can make into a book. If you are a photographer and would like to take part of this project and let me photograph you please contact me as soon as possible. If you are a videographer and would link to document this project that would be amazing. Please contact me for more info or to set up a portrait session. 

NTxFP Meet up: 12.09.17

On the second Saturday of every month the North Texas Film Photography group meets up for what’s called the Second Saturday Social. Sometimes the group meets up just to have some coffee and talk photography, and other times the group does both and goes on a photo walk. Here is the gear I used and some of the images that I made during the photo walk.

Gear used:

  • Bronica ETRS
  • Zenzanon 75mms F2.8
  • Ilford Delta 400
  • Vivitar 285hv flash
  • Diffuser on flash
  • Developed in Ilfotec DD-X

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Trunk or Treat 2017

It seems as though Halloween officially kicks off the fall season. Kids and adults alike look forward to this time of year. Each year that passes it seems as though there are more and more trunk or treat events all over the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex. This year I heard about a trunk or treat event at the downtown square in my hometown, Garland, Texas. This event was hosted by Instrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery , Lifewell Church , (which if you’re looking for a place to worship and feel welcome, I suggest you visit. However, I’m a little bias because I absolutely love this church) , Church @ the Square , and The Foundry Church. In my opinion these types of events provide a great alternative to walking throughout neighborhoods going door to door. I decided to photograph this event and provide free portraits for those who were interested. I love being able to share my talent with others. As the holidays are approaching it’s a reminder for me to really reflect on life as I lost both my parents during the holiday time.  When you start to lose people close to you, you realize that life is precious, you learn to treasure each moment, don’t take people for granted, time waits for no-one, be present, and be a present. I run a semi part-time photography business, and I greatly appreciate anyone who is willing to bless me with their hard-earned money so that I can provide portraits for them. However, at this point in my life I am less concerned with business and more concerned with capturing moments! Below are some of my favorite images from the event on Sunday! Be blessed! Happy holidays!

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Rock Hunt

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Recently, I discovered the painted rock hobby that kids and adults alike are involved with. I’ve found several at local parks and have let my kids hid them again for others to find. Friday the 13th is traditionally thought to be a day of random bad luck happening. However, this past Friday the 13th was a blast. Several people painted rocks and organized a rock hunt at a local park. Around 40 people showed up for the event and plenty of kids left happy and excited with their findings.

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