I have been writing blog posts, on behalf of the two of us, for a little while now.
I do not suppose the quality has improved much in that time but we are gratified when people take note of what we have been doing. Clearly some posts get read. We appreciate feedback, say through a brief e-mail and will reply to any received (so long as they are not trying to sell something!)
Brian and Kanchan
(We ought to appologise to our French friends and colleagues that everything is in English at the moment. I will try to provide a bit of translation in time, but it will have to be accurate otherwise I will get 'negative feedback'.)
Wanting to make some more contact prints but not finding the transparency film I needed in any local shops I tried making some digital negatives on ordinary photocopier paper. From those I printed by contat a few images on Ilford MG RC paper.
The results are quite interesting with something of the texture of the paper showing through.
BH"Photo de Identite" I have made a small new gallery.
I have made digital negatives in the past, for example in order to make gum bichromate prints or occasionally cyanotypes. Recently I have tried making some digital negatives for more conventional printing.
Large digital negatives printed on transparency film by a laser or inkjet printer (being sure to have the right transparency film) can make for some straightforward contact printing in the darkroom. As a teaching tool this can give a partial introduction to darkroom work for those who have never use a film camera.
What I wanted to do recently was to produce lith prints with an infrared film appearance. Having gone out to the Forest of Saint Sever I found, more or less by chance, a site I had not seen before. With good sunshine and young leaves on the trees it cried out for IR treatment, but I was without my film camera or IR film. A simple digital compact allowed me to get a few pleasant shots. Some of these I converted to simulation IR black and white files and printed a few large digital negatives for contact printing.
Lith print from digital originsForet de Saint sever
La motte du vieux chateau
This images was originally taken on a simple digital camera. The file then underwent resizing and conversion to black and white - simulation of IR - in Photoshop elements. A digital negative was then printed on a laser printer and that used to make a contact print in the darkroom. The image was printed on Foma 331 (RC) in lith developer.
Of course the print had to be scanned to get it back to digital form to allow it to be posted here.
This is probably the best example of the few that I printed. I need better transparency paper to make some more precise negatives, but this give an idea of what can be done.
Villedieu 26 May 2017
PS I have cleared out a few pictures that I felt did not need be on the site, and a couple of galleries. More tidying up should follow but it could mean a few links from other blog posts have been lost.
We have not added much to this site of late.
This is partly because we have been preparing the exhibition of the Club Photo de Pont-Farcy, as well as working on the club website
However we have been out and about a bit. A photo shoot with some Missenden colleagues on April 22nd was followed by a short visit to Lisbon. Images from both have now been distilled into two Blurb books:-
Our Isle of Dogs Book may be seen at
and the Lisbon book
An “official” Missenden Photographers book of the Isle of Dogs shoot is in preparation.
14 May 2017
Having now made a few prints from my recent infrared and stenopé negative I have put a few scanned prints next to some of the negative scans. This has means the gallery has been renamed slightly.
The exercise raises the question of whether it is worth making silver gelatine prints when the digital images can be manipulated (improved?) in the computer and printed with a reasonable inkjet printer.
I do not think the computer can match a (good) lith print although one can make a sort of imitation lith effect by digital manipulation. The chemical route here is more interesting because of the variety of results possible given the many variables involved.
As for straightforward black and white prints I am less sure ...
13 April 2017
The weather is getting better and in particular the light has recently been more propitious to photographing on film again.
I have been able to carry out a couple of little essays into shooting with film. A couple of weeks ago I bought one of M Leclerc's pinhole cameras - Larouge 135 and have had a couple of goes at making it work. The first time I overexposed everything but on Friday (7 April) I did rather better taking some pictures in the late afternoon sun near the river in Villedieu.
Yesterday (9 April) we went to the Abbey of Hambye on a bright and decidedly warm afternoon. I took my trusty Nikon FM with a Rollei Infrared film and of course the customary red filter. In both cases I have been able to develop and scan the films but have not yet has the opportunity to print any of the frames properly. Some are promising so I have posted some of the negative scans on the site, in a new gallery.
In theory the scans should not stay very long, just until I am able to make decent prints and to display some of them. With the preparations for the Pont-Farcy club expo in May still in progress they will have to wait a little.
2017 April 10