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Engine Driver.

By paulbroad  
Yet more old stuff reprocessed.

Shot at the North Yorks Moors railway. Normal mono then printed onto LITH process film to make a high contrast positive with enlargement. That contacted onto another piece of LITH to give pure black and white negative. A lot of luck involved.

T90, 70/210 Tamron and XP1 at 400ISO.

Final neg is 5x4 so easily scanned.

I think the fag in his mouth helps a lot?


Tags: Manipulation Man Engine Digitally manipulated Driver Lith Fag

Voters: Philip_H, xwang, Alan_Baseley and 2 more

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xwang 10 56 8
25 Jan 2015 9:45AM
I like this one,Paul. Very powerful image. We see a lot of train drivers' images, somehow they lack of some sort of impact, including mine. I thought the flag was cigarette. I've never known what LITH was, if you didn't post this. Thanks.
Actually, I always like this kind of photos, just "lines", but I've been told the high light burned out all the time.
BTW, thank you for the helpful comments on the "riverside", it seemed that we lost the comments and my second uploading due to EPZ's technical problem after I read your first comments yesterday. Thank you for your re-writing.Smile

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2015 11:18AM
LITH was, or is, a high contrast process film which was used seriously in newspaper production in the ore colour days. I had a contact who was a shift manager in the printing house that published the Times. The LITH came in huge wide rolls and any left at the end was discarded. He used to send me a box of pieces up to 10x8 in size, free.

Great fun in the darkroom and could be used under a red safelight. When I took my darkroom to pieces I threw away a lot of LITH film and paper. A pity.

xwang 10 56 8
26 Jan 2015 7:59PM
Thank you Paul for the info.
It also reminded me of a kind of prints, printed from a kind of blocks..carved wood.
I never really got into dark room sounds that you start to miss it now... Grin even though you didn't a few years ago.. Film processing becomes a kind of fashion now...some young people are interested to learn how it works. I guess it's like vinyl records, something is irreplaceable in both...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2015 8:15AM
Believe me, I don't miss it! I like to remember it sometimes, but really would not want to go back to it. Hours of work and lots of smelly chemicals for what may or may not work. Imagine printing a hundred wedding images as quickly as possible while trying to stay interested. Not good fun.

I'll bet not many of those who still say they prefer film go into a darkroom and do their own processing.


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