Snook Kill Spring #8

May 04, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

My favorite local waterfalls (at full strength), my favorite film, my favorite developer and my favorite camera...what could be better!

Snook Kill Falls are right off the road that climbs from the valley over a ridge to higher land. The property is for sale...I hope it isn't developed. I've never seen anyone there, even though it's literally right next to the road. But it's a bit tricky getting down there, especially where this photo was taken from.

The film Efke 25 is made in eastern Europe of a a very old formula. It is fragile when wet, so it's easy to scratch when developing. But i find the quality very sharp, detailed, yet not harsh. This photo had quite a range from dark to light, yet the film handled it gracefully.

The developer I've grown to rely on is a new developer based on old technology. Pyrocat-MC is a high accutance developer that is mixed just prior to use. The MC version comes as a liquid in two parts, and it's a staining developer, meaning I also need to wear gloves keep the chemical from both staining my skin and going through it!

The camera, of course, was my large format Chamonix 045n-2, a new 4x5" view camera based on technology well over 100 years old, but updated. 4x5" film is a good compromise. The detail is exquisite, the camera has movements that "normal" cameras don't have, yet it is a reasonable size. There are large film cameras, but to me they aren't worth carrying around.


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