Because I don't like the way modern cameras do everything for you, or require a course of study and a small child to point out the appropriate place in the manual.
These images were taken with a sixty year old camera - an Micro Precision Press - through a lens equally old, and are all on 125ASA Ilford FP4+. They haven't been played with other than by the auto-correction for gamma, gain, and black level in the scanning software (XSane under Ubuntu 10.04); all the dust, scratches, and fingerprints are my own work.
Many of these images display patches where the chemistry has not flooded the negative evenly in development. Due to a limited number of film carriers, I had to develop them on the day taken in hotel bathrooms and other unsuitable places; however I kept some to develop later and unfortunately the heat and humidity was unkind to the gelatin on the film. Particularly bad ones are #0005, #0007, and #0010 but there are other less severe instances.
The images were exposed at the default 125ASA with the intention of printing on normal bromide paper. In the darker images (e.g. #0009, #0013, #0022, and particularly #0023) there is information visible in the darker areas but the scanner over-exposes and cannot resolve them. Future work might be better exposed at 80ASA or slower - though that brings the possibility of overexposure in the whites... Dear Ilford, please can we have the gorgeous PAN-f in sheet film?
All images are copyright Neil Barnes 2002-2011 and may not be used for commercial purposes without my express permission - are you listening, Google?
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