Category Archives: film

more than one way …

Toronto. … to skin a cat, as the old saying goes. Film was no different. Kodak touted its 126 film size (35mm sans traditional sprocket holes and paper backed) Kodapak for its instamatic cameras eliminating the “klutzy” confusion of loading and … Continue reading

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making the grade

Toronto. This post refers to film (black and white)  printing. Once you choose the huge number of variables for a photographic paper choice, you are left with one last factor – paper grade. Ideally, the chart shown at left (3 … Continue reading

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paper doll

Toronto. To convert a film negative into a positive image, a second piece of the sensitive medium was usually used. Most commonly this was a photographic (light sensitive) paper. And there stood the dilemma for the average beginning photographer. There … Continue reading

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just before dawn

Toronto. Hard on the heels of its ISO 8 monochrome film, Lomography has announced Babylon – its ISO 13 film, another dark, moody monochrome beauty with marginally softer contrast. If you are into film, take a close look  at what … Continue reading

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really, really, retro …

Toronto. Years ago I abandoned Kodak B&W products for Ilford. By then everything was panchromatic and ortho was but a bad dream and weird filters were no longer necessary. The world moved on to digital a decade or so ago … Continue reading

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doing it in the dark

Toronto. Snapshots from the PHS of NE via my friend and editor of the internationally famous Photographic Canadiana journal pointed out a couple of links to me Wednesday last. The Darkroom over in California is interesting. While we have local film processing … Continue reading

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le film noir

Toronto. In film technology (or analogue as they say today), the lower the sensitivity the finer the grain and the harder the contrast. Lomogaphy have announced “The Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8 35 mm Film”. This new film, at such … Continue reading

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film rescue international

Toronto. PHSC member Jim Hall, over in Guelph. Sent Bob Lansdale this note which Bob passed on to me. Jim writes, “PHSC Guelph member Jim Hall here. Thanks for your email, I came across this CBC article on a guy doing … Continue reading

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let’s see what develops

Toronto, Ahaaa! Those were the days! You guarded your paltry few shots as if your life depended on them. Why take a dozen and choose the best one when with care and framing you could take and use a single … Continue reading

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pocket boxers – 1903

Toronto. trick photography in films goes back over a century. Take this Pathé home movie film short from 1903 called the pocket boxers. An image of two boxers is superimposed on a pub table top using the dark curtain as … Continue reading

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