Wandering the shrimp fleets of Georgetown with my Voigtlander Bessa III 120 film camera….
Yep, early this morning I grabbed the bag with my wide angle 120mm camera system and headed out to Georgetown where I was going to spend a bit of time with the shrimp fleets and some film…. I chose the Voigtlander Bessa IIIw system. It has a 55mm lens on it which at 6x6mm equates to around 35mm and at 6x7mm to 30mm. This is pretty wide and allowed me to capture several very wide angle shots of various shrimp boats around the water front.
One of the other things that I do when shooting film is to keep a accurate written record of the exposure data for each and every frame. This assists in keeping my process the same once I get the proper exposure, contrast and desired grain for each of the film types I use.
I enjoy this camera system very much. It has a lot going for it specifically its 6x7mm negative size which makes for some pretty big scanned files when all is said and done. I also like the fact that it is a rangefinder which pretty much defines my youth and what I had learned to use when very young! It is not too heavy, has a leaf shutter which is totally silent and goes up the 1/500 second for exposures. This could be a little faster but I can work with it. A 120 roll of B&W film gives me 10 exposures at 6×7 which is the format I like the most.
I normally use stand film processing with Rodinal at 1:100 ratio with water, a water bath then the 1 hour processing and normal fixing and a wash, but for these rolls I am going to use Ilford Perceptol ultra fine grain developer in hope of a sharper image with greater contrast. So, we will see next week how this new combination works for my finished film!
Stand processing is not dependent upon chemistry temperature, ISO or even Film type! You put the film in its can, give it a 5 min water wash, then pour the developer in, gently agitating for 1 min then letting it sit for another 60 min!, Water Stop, since and done! But there are trade offs with Stand processing, namely Bromide Drag which is shown as the slightly darker vertical streaks in the image below. These come from the developer chemistry being exhausted.
So with the Perceptual chemistry (6 min develop time) I will not see Bromide Drag and it is supposed to give sharper smaller grain and higher contrast. So instead of a 1 hour develop time we are looking at 6 min now, sharper negatives with higher contrast! We will see….
I will hold of processing these images till the first weekend in May so that my 7 year old grand son come come with me to the studio and process his own 35mm film at the same time! Yes, I am teaching him how to photograph and process film! You gotta start them young so that they catch the film bug!
Come on back in a few weeks to see the results of todays outing!
You tempt me to break out my Mamiya C330 and shoot some 120. But I won’t, domestic life and employment doesn’t allow time for that sort of thing.
I am very sorry for your time issues!
Mark, I enjoyed your story about shooting 120 film and processing. I’ll be curious to see the results of your 6-minute development. I always enjoyed shooting 6×6, 6×7, and 6×9 negs, of course, along with the 4×5 and 70mm ones. I’m curious, too, about scanning such negs, or have you bothered to do such? If you have, can you suggest some good sources on that subject? Or, share your opinions on same?
Hi Steve hopefully I will have time this weekend to process my 120 film. Normally u use Rodinal at 1:100 for 1 hour stand processing. I mixed the percotol this week and will be using it. I will do a post once done. Yes I scan my Negitives. For the 35mm film my 7 year old grandson develops I have a Nikon 2000ed scanner and for 120 and 4×5 a Epson 850. I get great results from both scanners.
Mark, You bring back many fond memories with your film experiment. I look forward to your forthcoming 6-minute development. I always enjoyed the Rodinal development. It will be interesting to see how it compares to your Ilford Perceptol.