Sunday, May 10, 2020

Bikes on Film

When heading out on my bike rides I've been carrying my Canonet QL17GIII on almost every ride. Lately I've been shooting it with Kodak TMax 400 since I have a whole box of expired rolls that a friend gave me. Originally I had been using expired Fuji Color Press 400 but with the stay-at-home order I decided to switch to b&w since I develop that myself. All of these images were shot on various bike outings.

Friday, May 8, 2020

In the Light

Here are few images I've shot in the course of other projects over the last week.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Bergger Pancro 400

I tried out Bergger Pancro 400 for the first time and just developed it in HC-110 dilution b. I was surprised that the development time was 9 minutes - that seems crazy for dilution b - I double checked multiple sources before doing it. Bergger says the film has two emulsions which make for a wide exposure latitude that works well in any developer. I would have to say they are correct - this film had more latitude and information on the negative than anything I had ever shot. They also claim decent grain size but I found it to be pretty grainy - not necessarily a bad thing but this is not TMax. Overall I was really happy with this film - the exposure latitude makes it great for scanning and post-processing.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Update #5

This is a quick update video about what has been happening around Fitzwater Photography the last few weeks. I also give some shout-outs to some local businesses that we've been trying to support. My plan is to do one of these every Friday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Ferrania Success

Bike Mural
I finally had some success shooting FILM Ferrania P30 Alpha film. To get decent results I ended up over-exposing the images between 1/2 a stop and 2 stops. About one stop of over-exposure yielded the best results. I developed it the same way I had developed the other three rolls I had already shot - 6 minutes in HC-110 dilution b(or twice the time in E). I still plan to develop my last roll of Alpha in FPP 76 which is the Film Photography Project's version of Kodak's D76. I am really thrilled that I finally got a roll of this film that worked out though. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

TMax 400 on Bikes

Bikes on Film
My friend Taylor gave me a big box of film that he had found at an estate sale a little while back. I've posted a few blogs with the color film but with the 'Stay at Home' order I've jumped into some of the black & white film since I can develop it at home. Being a big fan of Tri-X I never had a reason to try out TMax 400 - until I had a free box of it! I shot the roll over three bicycle rides and then developed it in HC-110 dilution b for 6 minutes. This isn't a recommended way to develop TMax but it is what I have and these were mostly snapshots anyways. I was really happy with the results - the age of the film and developer probably led to extra graininess and increased contrast but that is something I don't mind at all for images like this.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Roger Riviere Vids

With the Stay at Home order I've had the time to work on a number of projects. Below is one of those - a new series of videos about my bicycles. I go through the broader history of the bike as well as the personal history of my specific model. 
Below is a video from Easter Sunday in the music video style I've been doing for a number of years.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Bonfire & Distance

On Saturday Erin and I had a bonfire at her house. It felt like I was going to back of the beginning of my career - photos of friends, long exposures of the fire, and some light painting - basically playing around with my camera and just trying things for fun. I know a few people are going to have a problem with this gathering... we kept our distance, no one went in the house, and everything was wiped down. I personally haven't gone in a store, seen my family or gathered with more than a couple people since March 10th. The point to me that is if everyone does their best we flatten the curve. As I ride my bike around I see lots of gathering of teens and people being way to close(and total idiots) in the park. It is frustrating. But I'm not taking it upon myself to lecture people where their line should be. I'm doing a lot and have lost almost all my business but I'm not going to claim to be perfect. I have seen some businesses and individuals just paying lip service to all of this...they will have to answer for themselves when things go wrong and their customers, friends and families end up sick.
Back to the photos...

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Third Time Isn't the Charm

I took the opportunity offered to Ferrania Kickstarter supporters to buy five rolls of P30 Alpha at 5 bucks a piece. I have now shot three of the rolls but I've spaced them out and shot them in such unique situation that I didn't realize that I was messing up the development. I did try a different method this time but I would simply say that using Kodak HC-110 is not a good idea with this film. Again, the contrast was through the roof. I used dilution H this time at twelve minutes. As you'll see the few images I posted are way to contrasty. I made a video about it which is at the bottom of the blog. You can also see my other two rolls here and here - though it worth noting that I now know it was my development that was off - not the setting or situations.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

New Angles

I was looking for a close spot to film an ending to a video I had been working on and I found it right across the street from The Studio. This is one of those three walled enclosures for dumpsters - but the Ponderosa has been abandoned as long as I can remember so it is clean in there...and it had the shade I needed to film some close-ups of my GoPro. The light was really cool and I decided to take a few photos too. I also got a new perspective on my building.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Big Sky Akron

Akron Sky
On Sunday afternoon there was a fantastic, dramatic sky that I figured would be perfect for some contrasty black and white photography. I grabbed my Minolta X-700 with a couple of lenses with red filters then went to get a roll of Tri-X from the fridge - except I was all out of Tri-X. So looking through my black and white film I decided on a roll of Holga 400 I picked up somewhere - after a bit of research I found out it is actually Fomapan 400. I rode my bike to downtown Akron in an absolute wind storm. It was nuts. I was also trying a 28mm f/2.8 Rokkor lens that I was given - I had wanted a wide angle for my Minoltas's for a while so I was really glad to have this.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quarantine Mustache

Monte Zoncolan
There are a lot of "challenges" and social media activities going around right now since many people have extra time on their hands - also as a distraction I believe. Ben tagged me in a #QuarantineMustache challenge and what the heck - it was time for the winter beard to go. Also - I'm not seeing that many people anyways, or so I thought - about ten minutes after shaving I received a text about shooting at the FoodBank today. Oh well! 
I used it as an excuse to set up some lights and try out a lighting technique in the studio.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Two More Color Rolls

Rocky River
So I ran a couple of more rolls of that expired FujiColor Press 400 through my Canon Canonet QL17GIII. I have been carrying the small camera with me on my bike adventures as the situation around us has rapidly changed. I dropped the roles in the film box at Akron Commercial Color Lab on Sunday evening and used my last non-essential trip yesterday to pick them up. I probably won't shoot much C41 color film for a while as I will be following the rules of the "Stay at Home" order we have in Ohio even though the lab is staying open since the do work for the government. I think I will still do analog but just switch back to B&W since I have all the materials I need to develop it here at the studio....

Friday, March 20, 2020

Moon Tower - Vlog and Photos

Moon Tower in Kent
I grabbed three of my cameras(five including my phone) and rode my bicycle out to the Moon Tower in Kent for a mid-afternoon break from editing and reading cancelation emails. I stopped at Bottles 101 to grab a beer on the way. I ended up making a vlog à la Peter McKinnon or Casey Neistat. I also made some images with my Canonet QL17GIII which I will get developed and posted next week.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Minimal Human Contact

Minimal Human Contact
Yes, times are tough - but they are tough for everybody in a variety of different ways. Below is a video I made about it last week - I will be making an updated version later today. Hang in there and stay healthy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Paddy's Meet Corona

St. Paddy's was definitely different this year - this was our social distancing, breakfast picnic. Below is a ride I took last Sunday - the last day the bars were open.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Fujicolor Super G 100

Rising Star
Mixed in with the 60(!) rolls of FujiColor Press 400 I was given by a friend was one roll of Fuji Super G 200. This film was discontinued and replaced by the Superia line in 1998 so this roll is at least that expired. I shot it at ISO 100 to give it an extra stop. I was impressed with how well it turned out. I expected way more grain and color shifts. The only problem was user error - I accidentally popped the film door open at some point and lost a few images.