Archive for March, 2008


A bottle of snot!

March 30, 2008

Saturday I acquired a bottle of snot.  OK, not really a bottle of snot but that is what a bottle of Liquid Light emulsion reminds me of as I melt it out and divide it into smaller containers.  I went to the local camera store to have some color enlargements made and noticed they had a bottle in their little display fridge.  Turns out it was expired so they discounted it by 50% and Becky bought me the bottle for my birthday present.

I’ve melted out about 1/2 to 2/3 of the bottle into a collection of black 35mm film cans.  I then took one of the cans and diluted it about 2 parts snot to 1 part photoflo (working strength).  This I kept on the hot plate and melted down further while I coated several sheets of watercolor paper.  After a little bit more drying time I’ll slip the paper into some black bags so I can play with it tomorrow.

This should be very cool.  Some of the sheets coated nicely, at least it looks nice under the safelight.  A few of them I think the gelatin started to set while I was brushing and so they may have some emulsion balls stuck to the surface.  Almost like trying to spread out rubber cement.


Fuji Transfers

March 29, 2008

Not the greatest day outside today. I had hoped for some sunshine because I wanted to get a jump on some 8×10 Polaroid work for the Ode to Polaroid exchange at APUG. But no such luck.  So instead I decided to take another stab at using Fuji FP100C for emulsion transfers.

I don’t have a Daylab or 405 back so I make the images in-camera.  This time I decided to use FrankenRoid which is a pinhole MP4.  Get out the rubber duckies and barrel of monkeys, turn on the Wagner and create!


6 minute exposure with heavy overcast.  20 seconds development, then peel and place on the Arches Aquarelle (hot press).  Roll for 1 minute, single direction, with a hard brayer.  Important that the peel and place be done in the dark or with a dim safe light.  Once down, the back of the Fuji is light proof so the lights could be turned on, I just worked under the safe light the whole time.

Fuji FP100C has a very pronounced blue shift for long exposures so I was to use a Daylab I might want to adjust the color pack to be a little minus blue.  There are some good discussions of this technique on and  .   Both sites have search functions so key words like “emulsion+FP100” or “fuji+transfer” should help find them.  I just feel lazy right now and so don’t have links to include in this entry.


Long exposure

March 19, 2008

OK, so how does a 3 month exposure grab you?


solargraphy_web.jpg(the “positive”).

Step 1: Stumble across interesting site where a woman has gathered lots and lots of 3 to 12 month exposure pinhole pictures and decide to try it. Also be sure to loose track of the link so you can’t find it again later… (Found it!

Step 2: Put a sheet of black and white photo paper into a pinhole camera made from a clean quart paint can.

Step 3: Strap said camera to side of deck, facing out across the back yard and to the west.

Step 4: Wait three months.

Step 5: Retrieve camera and remove “film”.

Step 6: Straight to the scanner, no developer bath (it would go black after all).

Step 7: Admire the pretty colors that appeared in the negative and the resulting “positive” made from the scan.

I’ve done a little bit of fooling around with extreme overexposure of B&W paper to produce a print from a large negative. Works pretty well but it will bleach back quite a bit in the fixer, even plain hypo. So I’m not going to run this one through the fixer. Just make a good scan and then store the negative in an envelope in the filing cabinet. It will eventually turn a uniform purple-gray color and be lost forever.


The wrong kind of pinholes…

March 17, 2008

So I get my hands on some Polaroid  809 8×10 color print film.  And Alex Hawley loans me an 8×10 Polaroid holder and processor.  Great, other than crummy weather, I’m all set.

Hmm, maybe I should double check that the camera is in good shape and ready to go.  How about we check the bellows for pinoles?  OK, sounds great.  You turn out the light and I’ll shine a flashlight inside the camera.  Hey, look at that, it is just like going to the planetarium!  Crap!  80+ year old bellows plus use of the camera has started the dissentrigration of the bellows!  I knew this would start but so soon?

Time to gather the bits to make a new one I suppose.  I love the smell of contact cement in the morning.  Smells like victory…

Mean time, I have a spare dark cloth I can drape over the bellows.  Must make some test exposures out in bright sun to be sure the pinholes aren’t going to light-strike the film.


28th Annual Lawrence Art Auction

March 17, 2008

Lots of representation by the Lawrence Photo Alliance ( again this year.

Two pieces went in, one B&W contact print from 8×10 negative Booth Hall of Athletics, Allen Fieldhouse

and one color print made by scanning a pinhole picture made on Fuji instant film.Ducky_001

Silent Auction begins March 17th, 2008.


Good day out with the cameras

March 8, 2008

Last Saturday was pretty nice, a bit windy but still very nice outside.  Ran a roll of Tmax-400 (the “old” emulsion formula) through the Pinhole Graphic with 67 back.  Developed in Pyrocat-HD and printed a few last night.

Duckies at the Park



Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day workshops

March 8, 2008

OK, here are some details:

April 13, 20 and 27th (last three Sundays in April)

1pm to 5pm      Suggested donation $10 to cover room rental and materials.

Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044

Make your own camera, borrow a camera, modify a camera!

Learn a little bit about how pinhole cameras work and some basic wet-darkroom technique.

Develop your pinhole paper negatives at the Lawrence Art Center Darkroom.

Images made on April 27, 2008 (select your favorite one) may be posted to the WPPD web site at

Go to and check out the gallery from past years.  The gallery can be sorted by city so find us!

For information email