the long and winding road, a bit like my film journey, though the twistiness is real on this.

Well, I said I would post warts ‘n’ all on this blog and here it is. Today was another learning curve. It started with trying to respool some Shanghai GP3 100 onto a 620 spool to put through the Duaflex. When I posted photos from this camera previously in F&C, it was suggested I try using a lower ASA film, more in keeping with film of the period, so that was the point of the exercise – well, the first point anyway. Sadly, it didn’t respool very well, or I didn’t, and I couldn’t force it past 8 frames before it tightened up in the chamber too much. [was a bitch getting it out of camera inside a changing bag too!] So, the pics below have been cropped slightly to hide the pinched corners and general wonkiness. Not sure whether its my technique, though doing the same with some Portra wasn’t a problem, or just the cheapness of the film causing problems.

Next, a few weeks ago I finally bit the bullet, after saying I wouldn’t, and bought a dev kit. Overall, it wasn’t too stressful, I think I managed to get through the process for the first time since the early 90’s in one piece, apart from forgetting and chucking the fixer down the sink instead into the bottle I had prepared earlier DOH!! Just for info, Ilford chemicals as that was what they had in at RK photographic when I happened to be shopping at the place round the corner…

So, the results were not totally good. As with the previous film, negs lacked contrast and were noticeably hazy, probably a combination of things, including the very old battered lens/camera, light seals long in the tooth, and my lack of ability at developing. These have had a run through LR to improve things, but they still look more like they were shot in the early 1900’s. I could probably have claimed pinhole camera and got away with it 😉

 

the long and winding road, a bit like my film journey, though the twistiness is real on this.
the long and winding road, a bit like my film journey, though the twistiness is real on this.

 

local railway station and no, the tracks aren't meant to that wonky, this was the last frame I managed
local railway station and no, the tracks aren’t meant to that wonky, this was the last frame I managed

 

fields of gold...or they were in colour
fields of gold…or they were in colour