Sunday, April 8, 2012

Lol (blowing off cobwebs)...

I'm still shooting film, 4x5 mostly... I've "rediscovered" Arista Edu Ultra 100 (aka Foma 100). It's a "classic" emulsion... I had gotten tired of it developed in Rodinal, but Xtol seems to breathe new life into it.

Part of why I haven't updated this blog in a log time is because I have a dedicated photography blog at http://brianthedellphotography.com

In addition to my photography, I have been "cross training" my visual skills by learning Chinese brush painting; I even have a blog about that: http://fourgentlemen.com

So this, Gangsta Grain, is effectively my fourth blog at this point (my third being my poetry blog).

Maybe I could use this blog to sermonize about the problems I see with film, and with the large format community in specific (I'm looking at you http://LargeFormatPhotography.info/forum).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ping...

...still alive, still shooting film... some of the time. Recently, I revisited the Arista Edu Ultra 100/Fomapan 100 in Rodinal combination, this time in 120 format. It was fun, but not nearly as tasty as 4x5.

Example result...

As you might have noticed from the link, I have a new portfolio online. I haven't sorted it in to film, digital, etc. yet. Actually, it's sorted by topic. I don't discriminate. :P

But, back to film-related topics, I don't think I'll be souping up Fomapan 100 in general much any more. It's too meh... The 200, however, is a different beast altogether. I'm going to give it its due chance, this time in XTOL. I wonder how long XTOL will be available, considering the drama at Kodak.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Call me a size queen...

...but I've started in on becoming an 11x14 snob. I just think 8x10 is too damn small. What's more, medium and large format can easily translate up to 11x14, generally. 8x10 is only a "standard" because of goddamn 35mm film! ...which isn't worth shooting anymore anyway because of digital. :P

It's all about Xtol now

Regarding Film Developers

I used to be a photography hipster: I used Rodinal because it was "old school" and gave "honest grain" (whatever that means). At least, unlike many hipsters, my "magic talisman" really was legit: Rodinal is one of the world's oldest film developers. And you know what? For old-school-style emulsions, I'm not above using it...

...but modern films are modern, goddamnit! They were designed to be used with developers that melt and moddle their grain. And I've fallen in love with HP5+—Hell, I've always been in love with it; I learned large format on it. And you know what? It looks lovely in Xtol.

Xtol is D-76, but reformulated to be less toxic to the environment; it also has a longer shadow/toe (allegedly). And it has a bitchin' name: Xtol!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hehe oh wow...

Wow okay my whole post was just eaten. Um, interesting...

Well anyway. As I'm sure you know (assuming there's anyone out there reading this), I haven't updated this blog in a loooong time. Actually, I've been struggling with handling all the various online "presence" venues—I'm spread too far and too thin.

I think I may actually take this blog back to its "roots;" you know, film. Scanner reviews, developer recommendations, etc...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's been an interesting vacation...

And unfortunately, an important religious holiday I celebrate around this time of year has drained any extra finances for doing more work... Well, I can always shoot at the beach, I guess.

Anyway, I guess it's time to start updating this blog again. It's not going to just be about the grain anymore... but I'm still working all that out.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Not just about the grain anymore...

...I've decided I simply can't justify a second business blog for my new color Etsy store. I barely have enough content for this blog, let alone the Facebook business page I'm supposed to be running; I see no point in a blog for Pixel Reverie.

Sooo... I guess Gangsta Grain will have to do double duty.

In other news, my poor Bronica ETRSi is feeling neglected because of the new dSLR. I should do something with him soon...