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Lincoln 10K

By WilliamRoar
After finishing the gigabitfilm (see post on my website) during the 10K last Sunday, l loaded a roll of Ilford FP4 into the Konica C35v.

The Konica C35v is a zone focus 35mm viewfinder camera, though it looks similar to a rangefinder. It is fully automatic and features a 38mm f/2.8 lens. This camera, manufactured in 1974 should use mercury 1.35v cell batteries. With a modern 1.5v battery of equivalent size, the meter is two thirds of a stop too high. This was easily corrected using the meter adjustment.

As it was only a 12exp roll, I had intentions not to waste ID11, but try Caffenol for the first time.

Caffenol is a homemade developer, usually made from Coffee, washing soda and vitamin C. There are many different variations, some to individual films. For this film, I used 4 tsp of coffee, 2.5 tsp of washing soda and 1g of ascorbic acid powder before topping it up to 300ml with water.

After brewing for two minutes, I poured it in and developed for 4:11 minutes at 33. They were then scanned using a Plustek OpticFilm 7400.

Tags: Film Rangefinder Viewfinder Coffee Black and white Ilford Fp4 Caffenol

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DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 10:46PM
Gosh, chemicals and stuff! Smile

I've no clue about any of that but I do think this is an excellent photograph. You've really caught the atmosphere and you can almost hear the crown cheering. Among all the chaos, runner number 1036 manages to be a clear subject but, at the same time, there's a huge amount of peripheral interest to keep the viewer busy.

If you want to add any "digital darkroom" processing, you could give this a bit of a curves lift, since the main area is quite dark. I'd also be tempted to crop a bit off the top -- maybe half the space above the lamp post? -- and a corresponding amount off the left-hand side because it looks a bit odd to have nearly all that tree on the right but just be missing the very top of it. Cropping a bit more of it away turns it into a deliberate compositional decision rather than a bit of an accident.

You have a great eye so I look forward to seeing more.


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KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
1 Apr 2012 7:13AM
I can't add anything to the above!

You are far more knowledgeable then I in the photography side of things, so I'll just say..............good shot! Smile
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 7:57AM
It is April first you know.

salopian Plus
4 2 21 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 10:40AM
I think you could have used decaffeinated coffee for slightly less contrastWink

DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 11:46AM
paulbroad wrote:
> It is April first you know.

The photo was posted at 7:31pm on March 31st in the UK. And try googling for caffenol .


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