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August 5, 2012 / Aware of the Void

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut - Print
This is part of a photo that my Wife took of me standing near the entrance to the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle.
Since I started printing in the darkroom at home I have made a few prints of Lorraine so she decided it was time we had a portrait of me. This shot was taken on my Zeiss Ikon Nettar. I cannot scan 120 negs so I make contact sheets to see what is worth printing. On the contact sheet this shot looked pretty good despite the dubious subject matter.

I have a lot of small sheets of the Ilford Multigrade IV paper that I have been using in my pinhole cameras so since it is the same type of paper that I wanted to use for my final print it seemed to make sense to use it for test exposures. I tested the exposure on the part of the shot that I was posing in, this gives the impression that this was the composition – It was not, I am only one component of a pretty spectacular shot here…..
The shot on the right was developed in the chemicals that I had done all my printing in for an entire evening. The combination of expired chemicals and under exposed paper has lead to the very faint print. But it did let me see that I went the route of jamming my eyes closed for the picture pretty much rendering in useless for my purposes.
The shot on the left is the same chemicals and the same exposure but I also added a few drops of Rodinal to the developer mostly to see what would happen.
It turns out it gave me a healthy glow and I look a bit like the Ready Break kid.

Camera:Zeiss Ikon Nettar
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Lens: Novar-Anastigmat 75mm f/3.5
Dev: Adox Adonal 1+50 11min @ 20c
Enlarger: Opemus 6 B+W
Paper: Ilford Multigrade IV
Scan: Epson V330

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Some of my more successful darkroom efforts….
The Guggenheim Exterior - Print

The Guggenheim Exterior – Print

Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Lens: Novar-Anastigmat 75mm f/3.5
Dev: Adox Adonal 1+50 11min @ 20c
Enlarger: Opemus 6 B+W
Paper: AGFA MCP 310 RC
Scan: Epson V330

Palladio - Darkroom Print

Palladio – Darkroom Print

Neoclassical ruins in the grounds of St Anne’s Park. Dublin

Camera:Nikon F100
Film: Fujifilm Neopan 1600
Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D
Dev: HC-110 (G) 1hr 15min @ 20c
Enlarger: Opemus 6 B+W
Paper: AGFA MCP 310 RC
Scan: Epson V330

The Guggenheim Interior - Print

The Guggenheim Interior – Print

Camera:Zeiss Ikon
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Lens: Novar-Anastigmat 75mm f/3.5
Dev: Adox Adonal 1+50 11min @ 20c
Enlarger: Opemus 6 B+W
Paper: AGFA MCP 310 RC
Scan: Epson V330

One of Us - Darkroom Print

One of Us – Darkroom Print

The revolution will not be televised but will be hugely photographed then developed, then printed in the Darkroom

Camera:Nikon F100
Film: Kodak TRI-X 400 @ 1600
Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D
Dev: HC110 (G) Semi-Stand 1.5 hours 20c
Enlarger: Opemus 6 B+W
Paper: AGFA MCP 310 RC
Scan: Epson V330

8 Comments

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  1. drawandshoot / Aug 5 2012 2:11 pm

    Love your Guggenheim shots!
    And also your portraits. 🙂

    • Aware of the Void / Aug 6 2012 7:33 am

      Thanks, i was really very pleased how the Guggenheim shots turned out. It was the first time I used that camera so I was amazed anything came out at all.

  2. wolke205 / Aug 5 2012 3:07 pm

    Stunning! The right photo of your portraits is great too 🙂

  3. marinachetner / Aug 5 2012 11:25 pm

    I really like your portraits side by side. 🙂

  4. sibokk / Aug 6 2012 11:04 am

    It’s great to see such good prints. I must expedite our plans to move house and to find one with a suitable space for a dark room.

    Great work as usual.

    • Aware of the Void / Aug 6 2012 11:20 am

      Thanks Simon, we are moving in a couple of weeks and I am getting a whole room all to myself!!

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