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Deep Time

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by pdh, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Here, offered as an antidote to the rush of announcements of new new new things, are some old things ...

    First ... Horsetail, a primitive plant that survives from the Paleozoic era and propagates by spores ... so they've been around for about 500 million years ... I've been photographing this clump for a few months now ...



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    20120917-2 by _loupe, on Flickr


    Here we have some rock strata ... perhaps a geologist will come along to identify these for us, but they look like shale and some sort of sediment, and I photographed this on the "Jurassic Coast" of Dorset ... so perhaps a couple of hundred million years old ... that's right, the horsetail has been around longer ...



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    20120917-3 by _loupe, on Flickr



    and lastly, a nice bit of seaweed ... well not so nice actually because I've just discovered it's Wireweed (Sargassum muticum) and is an invasive species native to Japanese waters rather than here ... so probably not so old, though it looks nicely primitive ...



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    20120917-4 by _loupe, on Flickr


    ... rather appropriately, these photographs are also about to become fossils, as the film with which they were captured (Adox CHS 25, also known as Efke KB25) has recently ceased production. It was an old-fashioned (pre-WWII) emulsion formula, very slow (25 ASA) and fine-grained, manufactured until about three weeks ago on machinery made between WWI and WWII; also appropriately, I made the photographs using lenses designed before WWII, and developed the film in a developer first formulated in the 1890s ...
     
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  2. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Thanks! Love them all.
     
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  3. Xuereb

    Xuereb SC Veteran

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    Nov 5, 2010
    W. Australia
    I get nostalgic and when I learn that Efke 25 has been discontinued. I am too lazy to pick up the old 4x5 mount it and start shooting with it. I don't have a dark room but your post spurs me on to buying a daylight developing tank but the pocket won't stretch to a scanner for 4x5 at the moment.
     
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  4. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Nicely done. What camera are did you use? Interesting that your ASA 25 film produced such 'contrasty' photos. I can see how the time required for film and print can be quite relaxing.

    Gary
     
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  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thank you Gary, Xuareb, Andrewtee.

    Gary, these are scanned from 35mm negatives, so have been "hybridised" in Lightroom. I'm not set up to print or even make contacts, and I don't own a densitometer, so I couldn't tell you what the "real" contrast is like, but Efke25 was apparently known to be a high-contrast emulsion (The Internet says so, so it must be true)
     
  6. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    LOL ... okay, I've never used Efke25, but with Kodak films the lower the ASA, typically, the lower the contrast.

    Gary

    PS- (A 'real' photographer would print their negatives. lol)
    G
     
  7. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Yes, not only that but I developed it in a plastic tank in plastic reels ... A Serious Photographer would only ever use stainless-steel reels (I really did read that statement on another forum, and I am entirely sure it was meant quite seriously)
     
  8. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I only use stainless .. lol ... actually stainless allows for better circulation due to the stainless reels having less mass. Whether that increase in circulation is significant I don't know. But stainless is so much cooler than plastic.

    Gary
     
  9. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    yeah well another nail in my coffin as a lightweight trivial taker of snaps who can't be taken seriously
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    *slap* don't be silly!

    Nice set, Paul :) My favourite is the rock formations. Looks shaleish to me but I'm not a geologist :)