Archive for the ‘Pinhole’ Category


Ansco 130 / PF 130

June 29, 2008

I’ve been meaning to try out the Ansco 130 paper developer formula for a while now. Photographer’s Formulary sells it as PF130 in a kit form. Works out about the same as buying the ingredients myself so I bought the 4 liter kit. Alex Hawley has been using it for a while and had only good things to day about the PF130 formulation.

Mixed it up the other night and tried it out today. Used Ilford MGIV paper, in this case their double weight RC postcard paper. Supposed to be the same as “regular” MGIV but this stuff is extra heavy for RC paper and pre-cut to 4″ x 6″ with the backside printed for use as a postcard. APUG does a regular postcard exchange and round 14 is coming up. Thought this would be a good time to play with the new paper developer.

PF130 mixed up easily, no problems getting the components into solution. Just use hot (>120F) distilled water and lots of elbow grease to run the stirring paddle. I’ll store the stock solution in a 1gal brown glass jug and it should last quite a long time. As stock gets used up I have smaller glass bottles or I can use the marble trick to limit the air space.

For this test I’m using it mixed down 1+1 for the tray. At first blush, this seems to be a bit higher contrast than I’m used to with Dektol / D72. However I’ve fallen into the habit of using D72 diluted down to 1+3 which does lower its contrast. I can do the same with the PF130. Maybe next session I’ll drop it down to 1+2 for a few prints. In the mean time since MGIV is a multigrade paper, it is just as easy to drop the filter grade a touch.

Also did a print from the same negative on some Arista.EDU Ultra paper (Foma) and it was definitely much too high contrast for what I’ve become used to. And again with some Kentmere Fineprint I had to drop from a grade 2 to a grade 1 and it may still be a bit too “soot and chalk”.

All in all, it seems like a good paper developer and it does punch the contrast a bit. If its useful life is as long as I’ve read then I can definitely get used to PF130’s slightly higher contrast and learn to control it.

Hobo Duckies

Pinhole Graphlex w/ 6×7 back and Foma 100 @ 50 souped in Pyrocat-HD

(Time to figure out how to clean the inside surface of the scanner glass!)


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.


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


Has anybody seen my typewriter?

February 23, 2008

Damn monkeys!


They keep getting into eveything!