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Burned!

just burned my first film, the Lucky 100 I intend to push to 400. it looks like my SS reel has gone bust, after repeated attempt to load it failed, i took it out from the changing bag half way although the light is still out, and change the reel, but the notebook is on, and unfortunately it is enough to burn the whole film (yes i know, only load film in total darkness). my other reel is also defective as the spines has come off at the end, so i’ll have to buy new ones, initially planned to buy from the classifieds at APUG, but it turns out the seller decided to give it away locally. another choice is buying from a local classified ads, there’s one with a tank and two reels.

so what i’ve learnt form this:

1. only load film in total darkness!!!

2. SS reels do get bust

3. always wash your hands after handling chemicals, got a bad eye irritation right now.

ps. oh and the roll got pictures from the Belle & Sebastian concert on it (Damn!)

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Dark Room project progress

since i got the enlarger been using it a few times, printing some old negatives, i think i’m getting the hang of it. using a self timer is certainly very helpful, as no longer you must guesstimate the exposure time. as all i have right now is 4 x 6 paper, the prints are small and look sharp enough, it looks like the fujimoto lens it came with are sufficient enough for me right now.

I’m planning to get a larger paper (8 x 10), but still searching for it as local stores only sell small sized paper. buying from freestyle will be perfect as i can buy some film too, but the shipping cost is to high, it ends up doubling the prices. blanco negro sells foma stuff that i want to try, and the shipping cost from Australia is still very reasonable, so thinking of ordering from them, already spoken to the owner Chris, very kind and helpful.

Film Developing

on the film developing front, last night (31 July 2010)  i’d tried to develop my first roll from the kiev, a black and white lucky SHD 100 film, but apparently my reel loading technique need more practicing, when it came out the film were bended, and sticking to each other, resulting white blotches on the film. on a better note, at least now i know that is nothing wrong on the kiev, the pictures came out okay and well exposed apart from the wrong guesses i made on the exposure.

first try, failed loading the reel, resulting in bended negatives and white blotches

right now I’m in the process of finishing my second roll, and hopefully my first success on developing film on my own. it’s a good thing lucky films only cost about US$1 each!

update august 3, 2010

just finished the second roll, straight to processing when i get home, the loading practice pays off and loading the reel was a breeze, i use Micro-MF for the developer for 16 minutes (full agitation the first minute) with 10 second agitation every one minute. got no stop bath, so use water instead, 4-5 times rinse, and goes in the fixer (Acifix), i re-use the fixer from last time for 8 minutes (full agitation the first minute) and the same 10  second agitation every one minute. after rinsing the film, i dry them and this is the negatives:

First Success

seems under exposed images, still learning to use "sunny 16" rule

hopefully i can print some frame tonight and scan them so i can upload them straight away. the negatives looks nice, some pictures are again under exposed from wrong guessing the exposure, more practice needed, this is my first meter-less camera after all.

Original contents copyright 2010 by Dave A. Andiputra. All Rights Reserved.

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Kiev Saga pt.2: The Arrival

today (26 July 2010) is the arrival of my long awaited Kiev 4A. as explained on part 1, this purchase have many first for me, and after 20 day had passed, i was getting worried that will it ever arrived. well now there is nothing to be worried! it’s here! with it’s rather crude packaging, as i rip the brown paper that is covering some kind of protective layers, and lo behold the camera I’ve been waiting for almost a month now The Kiev 4A with Jupiter-8M 53mm f2 lens (rather odd, the internet sources always said that the jupiter-8 is a 50mm lens, it’s the Helios that uses 53mm) and complete with it’s EverReady case.

The Package from Ukraine

To

From

Smug faced

Smug Faced #2

well the seller photos is the real one, and hasn’t found anything to be out of order right now, will have to buy some film and check it out some more.

Kiev 4A, eveready case, yellow filter

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July 2010 index

Pictures

Studies on Light and Movement

Gedung Merdeka #1

Bahaya

Batu Karas 25-28 June 2010

Camera Stories

Kiev Saga pt.1

Cheap Nikon F Mount to Canon EOS lens adapter

Dark Room

Dark Room Project #1

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