During the Minnesota Winters I like to start projects to keep me busey and hopefully help improve my photography. I’m not really sure how this winter's project started. I think it was the thought “ what if they stop making film “ and a desire to use a Large Format Camera.
I start the process working on Gum Prints, a relative cheap process that used Water Color Ink with Gum Arabic mixed with Potassium DiChromate. I don’t have a formal dark room and a key to these processes are they use UV light to expose. I was able to pick up a cheap LED UV light panel from Amazon. This also use contact printing, so I didn’t need an enlarger but have to print Digital Negatives using transparencies. I found this process is quite variable since it’s hard to accurately measure out the water color Ink. The cool part is each print is unique.
My next step was the larger format camera. I did a lot of looking around and decide I would splurge on a new 4x5 camera - Toyoview. Ideally I would like to get a older wooden 8x10 camera at some point. The lenses for these a relatively cheap, thanks to all the portrait studios in the 80’s and 90’s.
One of the idea of using film it so slow down and in turn this will improve your digital photography. Going from 36 exposure to two film holder took this to the next level and tons of mistakes. Loading the sheets wrong, using a holder with no film in it, forgetting to set the lens depth when extending the bellows … it’s a long list.
The final step was to jump directly into the king of process, Platinum Palladium Prints. Not cheap, 50ml is around $600. My goal was to do a number of Cycling Portraits of all type of cyclist and thanks to a number of very patient friends was able to try it out.
Hope you enjoy the results, the images are from my Pixel C. It's hard to share these as images, part of the experience is to hold and feel the print.
Studio time for the portaits
I decided to use Fujifilm Acros Neopan film, a classic portrait film.
The UV Light used to expose the print
This as a test run developing 35mm Acros 100
The Toyoview 4x5 Camera
Developing the 4x5 Sheets of film.
Coating the Gum Print. One thing I struggled with was consistency of putting on the emulsion.
My one attempt at a Colored Gum Print. Hat's off to those who do this.
One step was to test my digital negative process so I did some contact prints on tradition photo paper.
Derby City Cup 2016
Green Acres 2016
Jingle Cross 2016
Jingle Cross once again lived up to its reputation and I hope pleased the European participants. The thought of having a regular US based World Cup week or month would be amazing. Hats off to the crew and volunteer at the event, they had many challenges to face, least of which was the Rain and Wind on Thursday which damaged a number of tents.
With three days of racing, it hard to show the different changes in the course conditions. I got to try out my new Fujifilm XT-2. The Camera was amazing, but the Grip and Boost feature (11 FPS !) over heat a number of times which was a pain.
Trek CXC 2016
Louisville CX Worlds as they last time I saw the Belgium/Dutch train in action, truly amazing to watch! Trek did an amazing job with the course. From my racing days remember some long curvy sections which were fun and time to recover. This was replaced with short and punchy sections that required strength and focus.
Shooting in the harsh midday sun was a challenge so I turned to my flash. I’ve been using Cactus and the new trigger finally allows for High Speed Sync on Fujifilm.
Film & Cycling
Trying film at the Tuesday Night Worlds. Using FujiFilm Superia 400/200 35mm file and developing mostly with Unicolor C41. Shooting with a number of Fujica and Canon 35mm cameras.