Printed this today. Almost cropped it horizontally but I really wanted to emphasize Amsterdam’s architecture! At one point in history, Amsterdam’s property taxes were proportional to the width or depth of the home, so home owners built up! Taken on 120 Ilford Delta, printed on Ilford fiber 16×20.
These are the notes I took today while printing in my darkroom. I like to think of this as analog ‘⌘ + S’. I include aperture, filter, time exposed, test strips used, paper used, enlarger used, developer dilution, burn time, and dodge time in my notes. I start with a test strip, after developing and fixing, I write down what I think the next step needs to be. Once I get to a work print, my notes are more detailed and refer to local areas, such as ‘graffiti too dark’ or ‘burn corners’. I do this so I can return to an image and reprint it if necessary. It’s not always perfect, every batch of paper and chemicals can be slightly different but it’s a great place to start, saves lots of time. And it’s a great way to account for the dry down effect.
A lot of photographers take themselves a little too seriously, and forget to have fun. I am inspired by all of the great street photographers of the 20th century, but most specifically Elliott Erwitt for his incorporation of humor. At least I think I’m funny, (don’t we all?) Taken in Italy at the leaning tower of Pisa.
I took this in Sedona, Arizona back in 2008, a sunrise hot air balloon ride. One of National Geographic’s editors choose to publish this image in their Daily Dozen, online gallery. Publish me regularly Nat Geo!
Taken in Italy in 2012, can you believe it’s taken this long to scan? I always figured I would print it in the darkroom, but I’ve stopped using the darkroom for anything smaller than medium format. I’ve found that you can get better results or at least print larger when scanning and printing digitally. A 35mm frame of Ilford HP5 (400ISO) like the ones above wouldn’t hold up in the darkroom as a 16×20. An 8×10 printed in the darkroom would look great, an 11×14 can be hit or miss, but scanning and printing digitally I can easily get a 13×19.
Printed this yesterday before grabbing a beer with some friends. Been at least a week since I was in the darkroom, had a few off days. Analog photography can be very frustrating and slow, lost two days working on prints with awful scratches or embed dust. At least I can use the scanned negative in Photoshop