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Category: Miscellaneous

Anything that is not about printing or film development.

2 years old!

Hurrah! Happy birthday to me?! Yes, two years ago I published the first real post on this blog and I have been publishing articles related to analog photography on a not-so-regular schedule ever since. When I started out I was planning on making it only about making wet prints, then I did some on film and then the entire plan derailed with a camera review, book reviews, home made dark cloths and some brainy stuff. Nevertheless, it has been a fun ride so far and I hope you will excuse my lack of focus to one topic completely. What’s up…

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Bag review: F-Stop Ajna

Camera bags. We all have (at least) one and there are always reasons to complain. I started out with a Lowepro Flipside 200, which soon became too small to fit my gear. It also was not watertight and didn’t come with a rain cover. Living in the Netherlands, I ended up remedying that by adding a Osprey XS rain cover as a backup. Then came the Domke F-2 Original. I had been eyeing this bag ever since I started. I looks the part in my opinion, gives quick access to cameras and lenses, and doesn’t scream ‘camera bag !’ to…

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Spreadsheets for photography and printing

I am a nerd. So, I said it. To ease the workflow I sometimes spend some time creating Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that aid in the field and in the darkroom. Below you will find an overview of the spreadsheets that are available. It will be regularly updated. If you find bugs or errors, let me know, so that I can fix it! Print margins I use a four bladed printing easle (Photon beard) that allows free choice of print margins. This spreadsheet aids in determining the right margins so that the print is aligned in the right corner, while maintaining…

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Update: Why was it so quiet and what is coming up?

As you may have noted, it has been rather quiet on the blog for some months. This has multiple reasons, most of them related to time and unfortunate scheduling. All lead me to shooting less, and thus also printing less. Now the holiday season is near and I will have some spare time in the coming weeks, I hope to shoot a few rolls and do some dark room magic. In photography related news: I have sold off most of my studio equipment and replaced it by a new Sekonic L-758D light meter and a starter set of LEE filters.…

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Camera review: Fuji GS645s

Introduction A few weeks ago, I pulled the trigger and sold my Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AE lens and Nikon F80 to clear some space (and money) for a new camera. I ended up buying a Fuji GS645s via Bellamy Hunt, a.k.a. JapanCameraHunter (JCH)! About my experiences doing business with JCH, I will tell you it was a pleasant experience. Via his website you can send him a request for a camera that you are looking for and for what budget. Over e-mail we discussed the options and came to a deal. From my initial inquiry to the moment of delivery required no more than…

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Darkroom economy: printing (cost) effectively?

Those that start working in the dark room to develop their own films and make their own prints soon find out that this is not a cheap hobby to pursue, especially compared to shooting fully digital. Now, some argue that because of the added expense of shooting film they shoot more deliberate, their pictures are better and their keep rate goes up. Although this is probably true to some extent, it does not outweigh the added cost of developing every photo to print. So, how to keep cost down if you prefer shooting film over digital? Here are three ideas I picked…

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Photo chemistry and paper: where to shop in Europe?

I just received some fresh supplies: a new box of Ilford Multigrade RC paper, three packs of Kodak D76, 1 l of Ilford Rapid Fixer and a 500 ml bottle of Adonal (more on this later!).  In this post I discuss four shops where you can source your photochemistry and printing supplies if you are in the Netherlands or Europe. Where to get you supplies? What places have the best deals, the largest inventory or the fastest shipping? Scroll down for more! Het Beeldgebouw http://www.hetbeeldgebouw.nl This company specializes in printing and presentation of photos. Besides their regular services they also feature…

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Welcome to the Printer Attic!

The title says it all, welcome to the printer attic! I will be taking you along on my personal journey on becoming a better printer in the darkroom. With a background in engineering and science, I take a systematic approach towards photography and my darkroom work.

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