#FilmFeb 2018

#FilmFeb is a twitter conversation initiated by Jason Avery, every day in February 2018 a new film photography-related question is posted. I thought it would be a great idea to put all my answers in this post. It will be updated throughout the month.

1) What are your top 3 goals with film for 2018?
  • create a dedicated darkroom/printing space at home (current one is a makeshift space on a small desk, it is also my bedroom)
  • try out cotton rag photo paper
  • develop E6 slide film at home
2) What film are you excited about using the most?

Rollei Infrared 4×5

3) One camera, one film, one film; which three would you choose?
  • Camera: Mamiya RB67
  • Film: Ilford HP5+
  • Location: Amadiya (Amedi) in Iraqi Kurdistan
4) Any tips for first time developers?
  • bring scissors into the changing bag
  • label your chemicals
  • chemical/temperature measurements can be approximate (b&w)

Inevitably you will mess up, just remember you are not alone, like I did with the above ones. Have fun!

5) What’s your favourite instant film & why?

Fujifilm FP-3000B – it is pure magic. On the other hand I can’t wait to (save some money) and shoot some 8×10 Polaroids!

6) Do you use the zone system? Any tips?

No, as I mainly shoot 35mm and medium format, incorporating zone system might be too much. It is more feasible when shooting large format. I will look into it when I shoot LF!

7) What cameras are on your 2018 wish list?
  • Nikon S3
  • Pentacon Six
  • Graflex Speed Graphic 4×5

Very ambitious I would say, but you gotta think big!

8) Light meter or spot? Why?

Light meter because I don’t have a spot meter. I use in-camera / phone light meters.

9) Do you have camera conventions in your area?

Not that I know of, though I don’t actively reach out to/search for conventions. There is the camera gear market, it is gear-centric though. Wish there were more film camera communities and photo clubs here.

10) Would you give a camera to a friend to get them started in photography?

Yes, disposable film cameras, they are a casual and fun way to start photography. Olympus OM / Nikon FE(2) would be the serious choice.

11) Share your best image from 2017

I don’t usually pick the best images from a year but discovering wet markets in Bangkok is the most memorable.

12) Are you trying a new format for 2018?

Yes, I have barely shot a few sheets of 4×5, but I am gonna shoot 8×10 this year. Hopefully!

13) Are you film only or you have digital too?

Film only!

14) Do you have a darkroom or plans to build one?

Whenever I need to print, I clean up my desk first. I plan to make it a dedicated space this year. Here is a photo when not in use.

15) Recommend a fabulous photography shop.

I really want to recommend a local shop in Hong Kong but I can’t. Mine goes to KHB Photografix in Canada. They are specialized in enlargers/accessories and I got my Omega from them. A lot of info on their site! http://www.khbphotografix.com/

16) What is the weirdest thing you have ever photographed?

My great-uncle’s funeral, it was quite different and weird.

17) Top 5 Films
  • Fujifilm Velvia 50
  • Fujifilm Acros 100
  • Kodak Ektar
  • Ilford HP5+
  • Ferrania P30
18) Have you built your own camera?

No. I would probably make some pinholes out of shoeboxes and cans, but really I can’t be bothered

19) Have you ever used chromogenic film?

I have shot 1 or 2 rolls of XP2 and didn’t like it.

20) What style of photography would push you out of your comfort zone?

Fashion and wildlife, both I have never done.

21) What film developing chemicals do you recommend and why?

I recommend HC-110 as a general purpose developer. HC-110, T-MAX, Rollei Rodinal are the only ones I have used; I have not tried enough developers to make more intelligent advice.

22) Who would you spend a day shooting with?

Sebastião Salgado or Ted Forbes, both of them are very passionate about educating the next generation. I can probably learn a lot by just talking to them.

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