Day 108/365 "New"..An Update on My Project List....

by Russell Smith April. 17, 2019 250 views

Everything old is new again. I am unsure of who first said this but in my case it holds true.

c-41 color negative development kit.

c-41 color negative development kit.

My new "toys" or start of an adventure into developing my own film. As long as I do not completely ruin the first roll of film all will be well . Time to do some reading up on the process and figuring out what to avoid starting out. I have 9 more frames of FujiFilm Superia xtra400 left to shoot before I can develop the roll so I will work on that for the next few days or maybe later today depending on what time UPS comes.

This is the start of a new background or surface for food and or product shots. Each surface will be 4 boards that are 3'x6"x3/8" unfinished lumber and I got them over the weekend from Lowes they were about $3usd per board and then the cost of the stain and poly was about $15. So this is a lower cost solution than buying a good quality wood one; Those can run over $100 usd per and I havent won the lotto......YET. It also fits the must be light and must be able to be stored easily requirements. I do have a larger wood surface that I might do something with down the road but for now I will leave that one as it is because I use it for pasta making and pulling moisture out of a dough that is too wet.
I know I want a dark surface on at least one of the sides and it is a shame if I paint them all so I started with the dark one first. I stained the wood Walnut. The above shot is after the first coat of stain. Then I did a second coat yesterday and let them dry overnight before putting on the finish or top coat.

I choose a Matte Polyurethane because I did not want extra highlights on the surface.This is the surface after two coats of stain and two coats of top coat.

The above shot is just to get an idea of how reflective the surface will be. I know it is not dry but it is almost dry to touch so it may become just a tad less reflective.

This is a shot of it in the shade and well I also borked the meter up and shot this at over a stop and half underexposed . I have 4 more boards that I have not started and I still have the underside of this board to do a color with. I will ponder the color pallet out for a while and get use to shooting on the walnut surface to see what I like and do not like with it. So be on the lookout for it appearing in other shots. I have a vinyl surface that is double sided and while I like shooting on it there are some drawbacks .

On a side note my scanner should be coming today. It is an Epson V-600 that was Manufactures Refurbished and cheaper than the V-500 is new or used (even the refurbished one was more)so that is the one I went with. After consulting the mighty youtube and search engine to see what others say about it.

Now I am just waiting on my Monitor Calibration device to arrive hopefully the date will change either a day earlier or two days later. I know my monitor has has a shift towards blue in the last few days so I need to get that under control or at least closer to the ball park.

I am unsure if I mentioned it or not but forward progress has been made on collecting information on my cookbook project so that is great news. To be honest I am too lazy to look back over yesterdays posts right now to see if I did. So if this is a repete I apologize just blame it on me getting older lol. I found a local printer that was willing and able to give me a price quote on it. Now I have to figure out if I will do the photos in Color or Black and White. The price for color is a bit over double what the black and white one is so decision decisions and consultations with the boss (aka wife) on what budget she wants me to go with.

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Piotr Matura 1 year, 7 months ago

Great stuff, Russell, and I don't know how I missed that post earlier ;) I really liked your 2 other posts with photos you developed yourself - cool photos and final results!
I myself thought of developing film on my own for some time and I decided to do it, B&W for start. I got list of all accessories and chemistry from my favourite show and I just wait for a little more spare time. Hopefully in second half of July I will have something to show smile

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 9 months ago

Are you sure you haven't won the lotto? All these "new" toys 😁
I really like the texture and design on bard #3.

Adding my 2 cents for what is worth....food photographs, in my opinion, need to be in color. To me they are more appetizing in color than B&W, but then I know the cost can really add up.

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Susan Wilde 1 year, 9 months ago

Homemade boards are the best. I’m currently doing a cook book for my kids of family recipes and I’m going to use Blurb for publishing.

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Wayne Scott 1 year, 9 months ago

Can’t wait to see the results of your new film developing project.

1 year, 9 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 9 months ago

Looking forward to your film adventure. I am always a candidate for a cookbook

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