Sunday, February 11, 2007

Reliving the color of people's lives in black and white

It's been roughly 10 years since I have last handled real black and white films and chemicals. With the generosity and inspiration of some friends in the rangefinder forum, at last I have started to relive the glory days of black and white images.
In the past few weeks I have been dragging my ageing body out of bed early in the mornings to run around the area where I live with my rangefinder slung diagonally across my chest and from time to time I chance upon the "morning people" and shoot them with my small and harmless looking camera.
Piece by piece I have been buying all the small things that I need to start developing these first images.
My skill at capturing the images is a bit rusty and out of sync, but now that I am empowered once again.... nothing is impossible.

Tech notes: Shot in Tri-X at 400 ASA and developed in "Parodinal Soup", a rodinal formula made with Paracetamol as main ingredient compliments of RF proponent Jay Javier.


Sidney said...

You got colorful neighbors!

bong said...

Hi, Luis. I traced your blog from Flickr. It's hard to miss an alias like pitikbulag.

I curious about the Parodinal formula. Would Jay Javier mind if you posted the recipe?

I'm based in the US but try to come home every year, finances permitting. I'd like to get in touch with your RF group when I'm in town.