Yesterday I picked up 6 used film cassettes 4×5″. I need to keep a close eye on my wallet so I searched for a cheapo film solution. Finally, I ended with ordering 50 sheets of Fomapan 100. Fomapan is made in the Czech Republic and the company exists for 95 years already.
I got a 50 sheet box for less the price than an Ilford FP4+ 25 sheet box.
The film arrived this morning but Little A. is staying with me so I had to wait for some alone time. Luckily I had to drop her off at 4 in the afternoon at her babysitter’s job.
Back home I loaded the sheet of film in a cassette. Not that hard to be honest.
Then I made a simple composition with a rose and checked everything with my Nikon D300 “Polaroid” back.
When I first shot in my studio I had forgotten I needed to compensate for the bellow extension.
Composed and measured the light with my flash meter.
So I used an app on my Android tablet (Bellows Factor). It told me I had to compensate for about 1 1/3 stop but I decided to go for 2 stops.
Exposed the film.
Got the film out of the cassette and in the Jobo development tank.
Developed with Kodak TMax 1+4 for 5′. The developer came out green.
Stop bath. Fix bath.
Checked the neg.
Wow, albeit I think about 1 stop more would have been better.
Now the neg is drying and I cannot wait to scan.
Hell, this is my very first 4×5″ negative I loaded and developed by hand. Well, not entirely because the Jobo CPE did some work too.
I think I’ll be soon investing in a second-hand Jobo CP 2 or 3 and develop also color film at home.
Anyway, I liked setting up a flower in my studio (living room), play with light and check the technical stuff like metering light and adding some tilt on the film plane in order to get a more shallow depth of field.
Loading a sheet of film and making the exposure. Developing and then, scanning.
At this stage, with the Sinar Norma, making a photograph has become a real craft and I like that.
Hell, I’m even thinking further. I’m thinking about Platinum print.
But that won’t be tomorrow or in a few months. I lack the space to create, I lack a room to set up my stuff.
I wish I had a photographic playroom. Studio, lab, and digital darkroom.
Maybe one day I’ll have that.