Tribal Nymph in Mono

Canon AE-1, 50mm lens w/ Ilford Delta 100 ISO

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A year ago we published a photo set by Sarah Eiseman featuring her shots on DIY Redscale film using Kodak Gold 200. Today after ransacking our inbox we realized we still have her beautiful B&W photos featuring Marissa Liana as a tribal nymph. Well as we always say, better late than never!

Click here to see her past work in redscale and read how she fell in love with film photography.

What about you, do you have some film shots and a story to share, write to us!!

Hi :))) Just started looking at film soups :))) very excited. 1 do you take pics first them drop the film in your soup mix? 2. drop film in soup mix first then put the film into your camera and snap away + process? I don't have a lot of money so damage limitation lol Many thanks :)))

Asked by
f-6teen

Hi!!

You could do it either way, you could soup and then shoot or shoot and then soup. Either way, always dry the roll before loading your camera or sending it to the lab for development. You do not want your wet roll of film jamming the machine at the lab or ruining your camera.

It would also be good if you go through some of the posts we have here on our website with many tips, sample shots ,and instructions on film soup!

Have fun!!

Hello I just started taking photography with 35mm and I want to know if it's able to upload the film on my computer and how?

Asked by
myownpronlems

Hi,

Welcome to the wonderful world of film photography!!! Glad you decided to choose this format!!

No fret on uploading your film results to your computer. You just need to get your negatives or prints scanned! You can easily get this done at your photo lab, they will upload all data to a disc or onto your USB stick. As easy as that!! Do share your first roll with us and have tons of fun.

Just thinking back to my first roll is giving me the shivers!!! Oh how excited I was back then…!!!

—eleanorrigby236

A Desert By The Sea

Olympus OM10 w/ very expired Bonusprint ISO 100  (film soup)
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Hello, 

My name is Kat Ward. I’m a self taught photographer based in the UK. I fell in love with film a few years ago and have been shooting roll after roll ever since. 

My cameras help me to explore the world, notice small details and interpret my surroundings. When I shoot, I always learn something new. Film is also tactile and I like that I can physically touch and manipulate it.

In this series, I have combined my love of abandoned, ‘makeshift’ places and the dream-like or surreal. To achieve this effect, I soaked some 35mm negatives in a solution made from warm water, food dye and salt.

—Kat Ward

The film soup revolution is on! Have your own recipe to share? Send them to us here.

Check out more of Kat’s work on her Flickr & follow her Tumblr.

Want more proof why you should soup your film? Click here. 

City Analogy

Pentax K1000 w/ Kodak BW400CN (film soup)
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Hello!

My name is Virgínia Pohl, I’m from Brazil and I’m a veterinary doctor. My hobby is analogic photography. This set is called City Analogy. I shot it with my Pentax K1000 and a kodak BW400CN film. I souped the film with boiled water and laundry soap. I liked the results of this experiment. What do you think?

—Virginia Pohl

Not too long ago we answered a question on our Facebook page  regarding the effects of souping B&W film —in which you’ll get a subtle washed out look. In this case we get a nice sepia tinge to the BW400CN instead of its usual greenish hue. For those not in the know Kodak BW400CN is not an actual B&W film but rather a chromogenic film designed to be developed in C-41 (color negative) chemistry. As all of you may have heard, Kodak has decided to discontinue this film but fret not chromogenic lovers as Ilford is still producing its counterpart —the XP2. 

For more sample photos on these films simply browse through our archive or click here for BW400CN & Ilford XP2.

If you’d like to see more samples of the subtle aging of B&W films from souping click here.  

Want more proof on why you should soup your film? Click here. 

Oxford & Brighton

Canon6 Rebel EOS 300, EF 28-90mm 1:4-5.6 lens w/ Agfa Vista Plus (film soup)
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So this set is the second part of Melanie K’s submission featuring her work on color film. All were taken using the same camera and film - Agfa Vista Plus 200 but the first 3 were damaged using the film soup technique. She had it soaked in lemon juice, potassium ferrycyanide and borax. Pretty subtle color shifts in my opinion, without the obvious “soup stains”. 

The last 3 photos were unsoaked and developed normally.

So the question remains…to soup or not to soup? You decide.

To know more about Melanie K do click this link to see her photos in B&W. Click here for more film soup photos by CGSF and other readers.

A car breaks down and my shutter clicks

Canon AE1 w/ Kodak T-Max 400 developed in Ultrafin 1+9 @7mins

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As much as I make a fuss about it, I only get to go home to Malaysia once a year, but when I am there I never give up the chance to shoot, shoot, shoot!! The last time I was back at the end of 2013, delusiana and I were setting out on a photowalk, and of course her car breaks down like it always does!!
I took the chance to snap away in the back alley where the repair shop was located. Lighting conditions in the shop were not ideal, underlit and subdued safe for whatever sunlight that hit the room, and no thanks to the lone fluorescent light that was trying to do its job. The photos turned out pretty grainy for a 50mm fast lens paired with Kodak’s T-MAX 400, one of the sharpest B&W film in the market in addition to being one that boasts fine grain. But then again super sharp and super smooth is not exactly the mood I thrive to capture when shooting on film.

Anyhow, that was just the first part of the roll, the rest was spent on shooting around in Venice in LA close to dusk, once again with light not exactly on my side but it seems to be a recurring pattern in my shooting time table. More next time.

—eleanorrigby236

We would really love to get this little project of ours up and running again because we love cameras and books that much!! Send in pictures of your favorite cameras with your favorite books for the World to see! 
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Got some camera and book photos to share? We love them! Send to strictlyfilm@gmail.com. Click here for more camera + book photos.

We would really love to get this little project of ours up and running again because we love cameras and books that much!! Send in pictures of your favorite cameras with your favorite books for the World to see! 

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Got some camera and book photos to share? We love them! Send to strictlyfilm@gmail.com. Click here for more camera + book photos.

Hey, I love your laundry film soup, can you use that as developer? My next question is besides coffeleno what other alternative developers can be used instead? the instant coffee developer doesn't work for me... Tried it three times

Asked by
Anonymous

Hi Anon!

Have you tried developing in tea??

http://coolgirlsshootfilm.tumblr.com/post/12346767269

You definitely still need that Vitamin C which I understand is hard to obtain, it needs to be pure Vitamin C! That might be the problem with your Caffenol recipe. Oranges, lime juice, and vitamin C tablets will just not do. I’ve tried and failed myself. They are just not strong enough to help with development.

Well, let us know if your experiment with the 4-Tea-C developer works!

—CGSF

Wanderings on Identity, Displacement & Belonging

Various Camera & Film

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I do not use only one type of film, as I also do not only use one camera.

Some of the films I use frequently are Kodak Portra 400 ISO, Ilford 3200 ISO, Fuji 400 ISO (dia), polaroid Fuji C-100 (100 ISO). I also have 220 backs for my Hasselblad, and 220 spool films are not produced any longer. I often get bags of old, outdated, forgotten films handed out to me by people who know I do analogue photography. I will use them all. Of course, if I want to be in control of the outcome, I will stick to the new films I bought myself that were professionally stored in the fridge, but if I am up for an experiment, I will happily use outdated films.

This project consists of three separate books:

  • Identity
  • Displacement and
  • Belonging

The books are a personal, intimate project. Since becoming a parent, questions such as where I come from, where I am now, where Ibelong, and where is home have intensified. They are constantly spinning in my head.

With the images I make, I try to put these mental fragments in their place and fill in the blanks with my memories.

I am not interested in the technically perfect executed series with the perfect, identical light. I am interested in the personal experiment, in the emotion that images provoke.

I am trying to combine work that perhaps at first glance seems dissimilar, into the story. Most of the images have been taken in different settings, under different circumstances and with different cameras, but that fits my work as it is about confusion and disorientation, about fragments and different styles only enhance that.

I mainly use analogue cameras as I work much better knowing there is a limited amount of shots I can do and I need to use them best I can. I love the feel and textures I get in analogue images that add to the emotions I want to tell stories about. In most of my images, there is a little bit of nostalgia and “yearning for the past”.

As a person who lived in various countries, surrounded with various languages different and foreign to my mother tongue, I wouldn’t say I struggle to express myself clearly through words, but I definitely find it much easier to express myself through the images. And this is what I am trying to do. Whether I am photographing people close to me, or strangers, I tend to get drown back to the same thematic of loneliness, loss of direction, isolation, nostalgia for past times.

—Ana Matic

Ana Matic is a photographer from Croatia who currently resides in Amsterdam. Visit her website for more images from this and other photography projects.

We’re actively accepting submissions on anything film photography related. Click here for more info. (AND YES, WE FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUYS TOO!)

Black & White in Color

Nikon FM3A, Nikkor 50mm/f1.8 w/ Kodak Color Plus 200

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I am increasingly drawn to photograph the simple, subtle shapes sketched out on the surfaces of everyday materials. The contrast between the delicate quality of these images and the processes involved in their creation fascinates me.

Everything is damaged, broken or compromised, and yet quietly retains its function. The more focused I become on these details, the more order I find in the chaotic gestures. The closer I look the more beautiful and familiar the conversation between the shapes.

These shots are my social documentary. The stories of the materials are the stories of the unseen people. Their arrows are a recurring theme in my work, whether man-made pointing the way, or something that has been turned, or dragged, I am always drawn to follow.

—Di Emerson

Discover more of Di’s unconventional photography at www.diemerson.co.uk, Flickr & Tumblr.

Why I Shoot Film

Fuji GX617 w/ various film

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I was asked “Why do I use film?” and I can say that I’ve used film all my adult life since 1975 , professionally, for family, for my fine art and still grab my camera and film even though the rest of the family uses Cellphones and occasionally a G10.

I have to scan my color for printing because nobody has a 8X10 enlarger in town but the beauty is that I can scan it any size I want because it’s film. Recently I scanned a 2.4Gb file for an image 28 ft. long. Looked great, try that with a D800.

The other reason is because I fell more intuitive with film and we all know the best photography comes from that not from photoshop. It after all is just a box with something light sensitive in it. From my work with pinholes to my panoramas I don’t use the incredibly over optioned Japanese cameras. My Fuji GX617 is just a single focal length lens that has one view. If I want to change my view I zoom with my feet. My storage can’t be erased or corrupted.

I have a 500sq.ft darkroom that we’ve developed into a coop since all the wet darkrooms in town have gone away. I have started to soup B&W film for people in town and out of town and I can certainly do it for anyone else at a reasonable rate and time. Either email me: chrisfaust@studio210.com or PM me on Facebook.

—Chris Faust

So tell us, why do YOU shoot film? Email us. Wanna know more about the panoramic beast Fuji GX617? Click here.

Edit: To those of you living near MInneapolis, Chris has been conducting a photography workshop. Check out the Highway 12 Road Trip Photography Workshop facebook page for more info.

Gender Mold

Canon AV-1 w/ souped film

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Hi, I’m Gizem from Turkey. This experimental photographic project was inspired by Gilbert Baker’s iconic Rainbow Flag. For the soup I mixed 6 paint colors (the same as the flag) and dumped my film in the mixture for a day and shot it the next day.

The model, Fikret who is a friend has often suffered oppression and even experienced violence just by being a member of the LGBT community. Rather than exposing their plight in the news that their rights have been abused, society chooses to focus on “what sufferers are wearing, how they are behaving” when the violence took place.  

In Turkey which has a closed society structure, the main violence against LGBT persons could be due to the fact that there is no legislation regarding the right to not be subjected to discrimination based on sexual identity. In a nutshell, there are no regulations in legislation for punishing discrimination against LGBT persons and human rights violations.

What I’m trying to project in this photo series is to show that everybody has the freedom to choose the way they want to live and not to conform based on what society dictates.

—Gizem Ince