Chicago Fog

Minolta AF2 w/ CVS 400ISO film

My name is Quinn Milton, and I am based out of Chicago, IL, USA. I have studied photography since high school, and it was my minor in college. There is something about film that I cannot seem to let go of, and carry a camera and extra roll on me at all times.

—Quinn Milton

I love drug store film and I think they bring out the loveliest and subtlest tones of real life! I’ve shot a few rolls of a drugstore film I picked out here in Germany myself and have loved the results. Generic film is cheap and they can produce good pictures, great go-to film for test shots too! If you’ve spend some time shooting on drugstore film we’d love to see your shots!!—eleanorrigyby236/CGSF


Canon6 Rebel EOS 300, EF 28-90mm 1:4-5.6 lens w/ Ilford HP5

Hi, I am Melanie K, from Manchester, UK, now living in London, UK and a graduate from MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins and BA Fine Art, Leeds College of Art.

I’ve founded the London Alternative Photography Collective as a forum for photography lovers to share ideas about analogue photography and traditional printing processes. I curate three artist talks a month at a darkroom in Hackney.

I have experimented with daguerreotype, cyanotype, salt printing, carbon printing, wet collodion plate, x ray film and anthotype processes in the last year.

My work is heavily influenced by science, and am particularly interested in astronomy, analogue technology and alchemy.

I am currently applying for a PhD which would investigate the links between astronomy and photography during the past two centuries. I often curate exhibitions, most recently with The Photocopy Club and am soon curating for the Film’s Not Dead Gallery.

I work for the Photography and Archive Research Centre at University of the Arts London which has given me a great insight in to social history through photographic practice.

—Melanie K.

We have more pictures from Melanie to share and will post them soon but how breathtaking are these here? Photography inspires people to do a lot of things in life, what has photography or film inspired you to do?? Let us know by reaching out to us


Minolta x9, 50mm lens w/ Kodak Color Print


I love analog cameras. It is imperfect, unpredictable and so real, tangible, concrete, human.

Acknowledge, represent and face an emotion, not let anything slip out from your hands: memories, dreams, imagination, hope, pain and anger : everything I’m

Photography means to me a way to represent my reality : past and present. Nothing should glide out of your minds.

I do not have a technical background, it is a passion I nurture with love and pride.

valentina maistri

Thanks for sharing your story with us Valentina!! If you have a little tale to share please don’t be shy and send us a picture or two (or more!) and reach out to other film lovers out there.

Shoegaze Film

Zenit-e, Helios 44-2 lens w/ Kodak Color +200 (souped)


I am from Novosibirsk and I work as a freelance artist/illustrator, shooting film is my favourite hobby. I like how abstract film is and the colour effects in photography. For this set I used purple film recipe (CGSF: …found here on our blog!!), but I’ve changed the proportions.

I choose to shoot film mostly because of the interesting possibilities and unexpected results it brings. So my advice to people who are too afraid to try shooting on film is; don’t worry too much about your pics, set yourself free and have more fun while shooting, you’ll have so many more better shots that way!


Check out Yulia’s amazing artwork on her Tumblr and take her as an example to try to let go and go crazy with your film experiments. Check out the rest of our film soup collection here and if you have some pictures to share give us a holler!!

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An Unconventional Fancy

Holgamod 120S, Shanghai GP3, home-dev in Ultrafin Plus 1+9


Those who are familiar with our work here at CGSF know that we are big fans of this cheap black and white film, often garnering the No.#1 spot on the “Worst film I ever tried!!” list. Sure it is not the most reliable or resilient to different shooting conditions or developing temperatures, but the uncompromising properties of this film is why we (delusiana and myself) love it so much. 

The fact that we do not shoot photos for money or in hopes of selling our prints (at this point at least), helps us appreciate the imperfections in our experiments to this day. To some this may sound like an excuse for what may appear to just be “plain old bad photos”, but not to me because there is no particular expectation I have when it comes to what I hope to achieve with my shutter clicks. Do I want to find my photo-calling? Absolutely. I just am not going  about looking for it, I am going to let it come to me and reveal itself in all its glory. 


For other Shanghai GP3 shots on our blog, simply click here.

Lomo LC-Wide w/ Lomochrome X-Pro Nikon FG-20 w/ Agfa CT Precisa Nikon FG-20 w/ Fuji Sensia III Lomo LC-Wide w/ Adox CS50 Holgamod 120S w/ Agfa RSX II 200 Smena 8M w/ Solaris 100 Nikon FM2n + Lensbaby Sweet 35 w/ Fuji Pro 400H Nikon FM2n + Lensbaby Sweet 35 w/ Kodak Portra 400 Holga 120N w/ Lomography B&W Film

The Open Road; of going places.

Still believing in film…


I must admit that 2013 was a year of few pictures for me. I definitely did not hit the “shutter-fired” quota an avid film shooter should have. I would like to blame work for my lack of photo-capturing, but the truth is I did not push myself hard enough. So really, I am the one at fault. But fret not, 2014 is here and the RESET button has been hit! Camera is loaded and my finger is shutter ready. I will be globe trotting once again this year, visiting many new places I have never been to before, and this time, I will be sure to look through my lens!!

On Tumblr news, we will start to make use of the caption option on Tumblr to tag our photos so all you need to do to find out what film and camera was used to capture the images we feature is to scroll over the image or click to enlarge. The aim we have here at CGSF has been from the very start to share with our readers what to expect when dealing with certain types of films and cameras. Although the film catalogue is getting smaller by the day, we sometimes stumble upon old expired film or happen upon vintage cameras at your local flea market, so hopefully our site is able to aid as a source of answers to your questions.

2014 is still very new and there are many days to come with many opportunities and possibilities just waiting to be plucked. I wish you all the best and may this year be a year full of wonderful and enlightening things to come. 


Happy 2014! 

Ensign Ful-Vue Box Camera, Lomochrome Purple 100-400 XR


Wow, so it’s been a month since our last update and yes, I chose the Lomochrome Purple film again as I wasn’t very pleased with my first experience with it. I guess I should have tested this film in a proper medium format camera but I’ve delegated that task to eleanorrigby236 who will shoot it in her Hassy so stay tuned for that. 

So these were one of my last shots for 2013 and may I say I’m quite happy with how they turned out…although my framing could have been better. I blame that on failing to check the exact focusing distance of my Ensign Ful-Vue. 

So far I’ve learned 2 things with this film:

  1. It works best in bright sunlight and colorful subjects
  2. Doesn’t work really well with human subjects as the skin tone becomes reddish
  3. Easily underexposed so you gotta be careful when shooting in shadowy or shady areas

How did you start off your 2014? We hope it was a blast. Of course our resolution is to shoot and update this blog more regularly (haha) but for now, you can be sure to have more new materials and posts coming up so keep those submissions coming. To our precious contributors and readers, thank you for supporting us.


Purple is the new Pink

Holgamod Holga 120N, Lomochrome Purple 100-400 XR


Remember when Lomography first introduced this film that claims to emulate the long defunct Kodak Aerochrome film? Of course their site stated that this film is in fact not an infrared film but a specially made color negative film that predominantly converts green to purple and does not need any filter.

Now, I really don’t know what to make of my first test roll. Sure the leaves are mostly purple but the whole roll seems to be purple too! Bear in mind I shot this roll at the so-called magic hour, which in my opinion is not an ideal lighting situation for this particular film. I had this roll developed and scanned at a professional lab but some photos turned out murky and muddy looking so I rescanned them again at home. 

All in all, my curiosity is piqued and I can’t wait to test this film again with another camera and of course under bright sunlight. I wish I have the 35mm ones so as to be able to test them at different ISO settings but alas they were completely sold out and I had to make do with 120mm. (I don’t own a proper medium format camera, poor me).



Ricoh GR1s, Arista Premium 400, home-developed in Ilfotec HC 1+31 @6:30


I must confess that the reason I got this camera was because of Daido Moriyama. Tell me who won’t fall in love with the stark, emotional B&W images by the street photography god. The camera does not maketh the photo, the dude holding it does but hey, no harm in trying no?

These are the test shots from my first roll in the Ricoh GR1s, an easy to use point and shoot that does wonders with your monochromes, and in my opinion, shoots really well in low light situations.

I chose Arista Premium 400 as my test roll as I was told that it is actually a rebranded Kodak Tri-X 400. Developing time for both films are the same, and they both give a light orange tinge to the spent developer so I’m inclined to think that they are in fact identical.

As this is my first roll off the camera, I’m still not very familiar to the workings of this little black thing but all I can say is that for now, this small unassuming wonder is fast becoming my favorite shooter. 

I’ll do a full review once I finish my second roll, this time in full color.

Happy Sunday everyone.


Channeling Downton Abbey

Canon A1, Ilford HP5+, home-developed in Ultrafin Plus 1+4 @7:30


It is no secret that I am superfan of this “posh soap” called Downton Abbey and wish the Dowager Countess was my Granny, and so when I had the chance to visit a canalside house fitted with its original furniture, wood paneling and stacco design, I immediately took it. The house had fake doors to keep the architecture symmetrical and secret passageways for their house staff to use, original artwork from the Romanticism era still adorn its walls…the house even reeked of old, and that just made it perfect!

Light was scarce indoors, but the wide windows provided enough natural for me to shoot at about f/11 to keep the overall image fairly sharp and in focus. Using a higher ISO film definitely helped to keep the images nicely exposed if not perfectly. Still, the natural light creates an illusion that this is in fact a house that people still lived in as opposed to what it actually is today,  a museum.


As Green As It Gets

Canon A1, Solaris 100, home-developed in Rollei Digibase C41 kit


The last color roll I developed with my Rollei Digibase chemicals. After going through less than 12 rolls I started seeing uneven tones on my negatives. The kit is actually good to go for up to 20-24 rolls, but I was away for over 4 months over the summer after I mixed this batch, which could have shortened the lifespan of the chemicals.

I have since gotten the Tetenal powder kit (both E6 and C41!), but will only prepare my mix after I have collected enough color rolls! Unfortunately for me and delusiana, we have not been shooting much in the past few months, as is evident from the lack of updates here on CGSF. Sorry! We have received a lot of great submissions and will continue to post them in the upcoming days so do check back and keep your photos comings guys and girls!! Write to us!


now is the moment that never ends

Nikon FM10 w/ Kodak Tri-X Pan


I suppose I should start off by explaining the title of these photos, “now is the moment that never ends.” I started seriously photographing at the beginning of this year in January and I instantly fell in love capturing tiny moments of life that I could keep forever. I love that I’m able to capture a moment and transform it into an image I can keep going back to to remember what I was doing that day and how I was feeling about life at that space in time. I love shooting film for many reasons. I think the end results are just so much more dreamy and romantic than digital and provide a depth that only film can offer. I also love the anticipation of waiting for your film to develop and the surprise you get when you see an awesome that YOU created. I plan to shoot film for the rest of my life and hope to share this journey of capturing tiny moments of my life with as many people as possible.

Thanks so much, cheers!
Rhiannon Adams

Rhiannon has just been shooting for less than a year and look at the emotions she manages to capture in her portraits. Sure some say the model is to praise, but it is also about how you, as a photographer, are able to bring out those emotions in your subjects that play an important role.  Keep up the great work Rhiannon!! And to all of you, we love hearing your story of how you fell in love with film photography so write to us already! —CGSF

Pretty in Red

Nikon 6006 35-70mm lens w/ DIY Redscale from Kodak 200


I started shooting film after learning about digital photography. I fell so in love with photography that I became curious about everything! To me.. if you love photography then shooting film only makes sense. I mean really creating an image.. choosing a camera.. and a lens.. and a film to fit the feel of something.. then developing it and creating something completely different is just magical. I began shooting with just a polaroid and a plastic 120 lomo camera and since then it has grown to anything and everything. I love changing films and lens/filters and playing around with things. My friend Julian Humphries aka Dr.Polaroid who is what I consider - the master of Polaroids taught me the technique to producing the redscale images I submitted. I love learning and picking things up from other people.. a lot of times I will nerd out at home with cameras and books/tutorials just trying to learn something new. So when I have another person who likes to nerd out with me that is typically what I spend my time doing. So basically shooting film is just what makes most sense, to me. It produces images that are strange, unpredictable, and down-right beautiful.. I guess that’s how I fell in love with shooting film photography. :)

—Sarah Eiseman

Credit: Model - Kaiman Kazazian

If you missed it, read this post to find out how you too can make your own Redscale Film at home!

We have more pictures from Sarah to share with you so if you like her shots, be sure to check back here at CGSF! What about you, do you have some film shots and a story to share, write to us!!

The Intrinsic Link Between Temperature and Film

Most guides about the challenges of extreme-weather photography focus on the comfort and safety of the photographer and her models. While staying safe in all weather is important, it only begins to scratch the surface of what changes when you’re trying to take photographs in extreme heat or cold. The effects on your film – and the final outcome for the photograph – are very much dependent on the conditions at the time of shooting.


The good news is film has a much better tolerance for heat than for light. All the same, heat does play a role in speeding up some of the chemical processes that cause photographs to develop. This means that film exposed to very high temperatures will often experience a color shift, or spotting.


The effect varies depending on the temperature, how long it was exposed and what type of film you’re using. At the mild end, you’ll get photos that come out looking washed out or over-exposed. As the film gets hotter, you’ll start seeing color shifts toward a particular shade, or the image may develop an “oil slick” appearance of ripples or spots. At the high end, you’ll see a gradient fade to white, similar to what you’ll experience when the film is exposed to light between shots.

Unsurprisingly, faster films are more sensitive to heat than slower films. Infrared film needs to be stored in the refrigerator, as room temperatures will start to degrade it. Color is affected much more than black and white film, which tends to be extremely sturdy. For the most part, temperatures will need to go well over 100 degrees before significant color changes are seen; leaving film in the trunk of a hot car is one of the most prevalent causes of such color shifts.

If you’re looking to try some of these color effects for intentional, stylistic purposes, you’ll need to experiment a bit to find the right balance between temperature and film speed but it can be one heck of a fun process to play around with.

Cold, however, is a different story. Film loves to be cold, and film kept in a freezer will last forever so long as it’s protected from condensation.


'Low Key’, a cold nighttime shot courtesy of NYFA student Kohichi Ogasahara

The camera itself, though, may suffer a bit from the cold. Extreme cold can cause your shutter and other mechanical parts to stick, and moisture from condensation inside the camera can ruin it. You’ll need to take care to protect your camera, which will require understanding its limitations and taking measures to protect it from moisture.


Inside the dark room, temperature makes a greater difference. If the developing solution is too cold, the chemical reactions behind development will not occur and the photographs won’t turn out; at high temperatures, development accelerates and eventually fails. Black and white photos won’t develop in a solution below 60 degrees, and at temperatures above 80 degrees it becomes very fragile. The best temperature for developing black and white film is 68 degrees.

Color film is even more sensitive, and slight variations in temperature can lead to wide variance in color. The ideal temperature will vary a bit depending on the type of film you’re using and the exposure of the film you’re developing. For C-41 films, the ideal temperature is around 100 degrees.


Of course, these figures refer only to the solution temperature. The room itself can be cooler for your comfort so long as you have a reliable thermometer and way to maintain the right solution temperature.  Bear in mind, though, that the difference between the solution and air temperature will affect development speed. Your dark room equipment, especially the lamps, will help maintain the right temperature throughout development, and you can compensate for temperature by shortening or lengthening your development time.


Thanks to the New York Film Academy for this helpful guest post. I think the fundamental points highlighted here also gives you a better idea of how our film soup experiments work in tampering with the film emulsion to create funky colors and swirls. We always say here, learning your basics will take you far as once you understand your medium, you can take it all on to another level or stay in the safe zone and continue to produce YOUR OWN photos. Regardless, always have fun!! —CGSF