I have finally set up a darkroom of sorts. I can develop my own film, and as of yesterday afternoon, I can scan it as well.
I was honoured to win the Sackville Photo Club's Portrait Category with this image
, and it went on to take best in show. Needless to say I was floored, and incredibly grateful. I was given a beautiful canvas print of the photo, as well as a gift card for Henry's!
Fast forward a couple days later.
I was just leaving work when I got a phone call from a strange number. When I answer these I usually get either "Congratulations! You have ..." *click* or a foghorn of sorts followed by a man pretending to be a captain of a cruise ship telling me how I've just won a free cruise.
I decided to pick up the phone anyway.
A real person responded on the other end when I said "Hello?" and began to tell me that she was a representative of Kelbytraining.com
and that I had just won a gift card at the NYC Superstore, B&H Photography. She only needed to confirm my address. Wow!!
At Henry's, I picked up developer and fixer, and at B&H I picked up a scanner and some film I don't see much of around Halifax.
The only thing missing was a development tank. I posted an ad on kijiji saying I was looking for one and within a day I traded a case of beer for a still-in-box Paterson tank with two reels. Sweet!
So here are some of the results so far, as I took some Ilford HP5+ and hit the streets, intent on getting some portraits of complete strangers.
Strangely enough, approaching people and asking to take their portrait was much easier than I thought. For the most part, people were quite receptive when I told them what I wanted, and they were even a bit flattered. The gentleman in the photo above gave me some advice about job hunting, and the man below took off his bow-tie and showed me how to tie it.
All of the photos were metered for ISO320, and developed in Ilfosol 3 developer. The scanner is a much more elegant solution than the box I had constructed for back-lighting and scanning film with my DSLR.
I think I need to spend some time developing a process once the image is scanned so that I get the best quality image.
That's all for now, cheers and have a fantastic weekend!