Frugal Film Project – Kevin Dillon – February

For February I am still in experimentation mode, with this month’s roll of Ultrafine Xtreme 400 souped in Caffenol Concoction @ 68° F for 15 minutes. Temp was again controlled by sous vide. Scans were made on my Epson Perfection 370 Photo. No contrast or sharpness adjustments were applied, I only cropped to take out any misalignment in the negative holder. I’m still not sure of the best settings for scans, so I just duplicated what I initially did in January.






Subject matter was Lanterman’s Mill in Youngstown, Ohio as well as Blue Hen Falls in Cuyahoga National Park, also in Ohio.






Kevin is shooting a Minolta SRT-SCIILens #1 -Vivitar 28mm f2.8 close focus -KomineLens #2 -Soligor 135mm f3.5 (Tokina) Filter –a few with a yellow filter, but most were with an ND4X.

I’m not sure what to make of the Ultrafine Xtreme 400 in Caffenol Concoction since it is quite contrasty. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it certainly didn’t look as good as the second roll in the tank. That roll fared better, contrast-wise. It had been forgotten in a drawer for over 4 years and turned out to be some Fuji Neopan SS 100 from the FPP Walking Workshop in 2014.

I’ll eventually get that roll uploaded to Flickr and the Negatives Positives group… The third and fourth rolls in the Caffenol were a mixed batch. A roll of Svema 100 was an absolute bear to get on the reel since it is so thin, but it eventually loaded. I haven’t scanned it yet, so we shall see how it looks. The Svema was processed for 16 minutes. (as well as the roll of Arista EDU 200 that came out blank.) Evidently that roll was inadvertently rewound, not marked, and then forgotten. Next month I hope to do some portraits, and will soup again in Rodinal (1:50 or 1:100) or maybe FPP110. (the HC-110 clone.)

You can read more about Kevin here.

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