You’ve probably seen this already so it’s not breaking news but there is a curious thing about it.
Today, April 30, is exactly 4 years since I moved to Israel from Russia. It was a great decision and a huge change both to my life and my photography.
Ok, it’s not going to be about my love for coffee. Rather it’s going to be about how I love taking photos and posting them here, though one could disagree looking at my posting rhythm.
Anyway, let’s make it quick and simple because I don’t want to feel more awkward than I do.
The point is that as much as I would like to keep my website alive only on my own, it’s hard to find any extra finances for it when you’ve got a family with two kids. I don’t blame them for that in any way but it is what it is.
Till now I managed to keep the website alive but most of the time it was more of a life support than a full funding. Unfortunately, even this life support option is no more.
Which brings me to you, my dear followers and readers.
Some of you have already showed your support for my photography by buying my book on Blurb and I’m grateful for that. But I also understand that for some people a book is not always a suitable option, though otherwise they would gladly consider expressing their support.
Now if you ever wish to help the blog going you can do it in the form of a coffee donation. It’s way less than buying the book and I know that a small encouragement of someone’s efforts not only helps that person but gives you a warm feeling inside. Exactly like coffee.
And I’m back with the shots! As I said in the previous post, I took the risk and went for the development times for Rollei Retro 400S to process my Svema Foto 400 rolls in HC-110.
It was a bold move for me, as I’m not a seasoned film expert and all the guestimates are quite hard for me. The suggested time was 6:30 at 20 degrees and the results are right in front of you.
I must say I was pretty sure this wouldn’t ruin the film, the time is not critically long or short, so I expected to get something. The question was if it would be acceptable. Turned out really great in my opinion.
The film, as stated by Leslie Lazenby of FPP, dries flat and feels quite thin, but scanning was smooth without any issues in contrast to Rollei Retro 80S. Some of the photos were underexposed, but I blame the camera for this, as it’s done this already before with Kodak Tri-X. As for the contrast in the most of the pictures, I guess the dev time could be a little shorter, but it’s not over the top and I like the result. Another forum advice for this film-developer combo was to process it for 6 minutes, so maybe it wouldn’t be that contrasty, but anyway.
While searching for the receipt last week, I found an old forum thread where a person had exactly the same situation as mine. That was the thread I found the suggestions in but the funny thing was the direction the discussion took almost immediately. Instead of using the power of the collective mind and experience to help, people started arguing if this Svema film was the genuine stock from the original factory. Pretty soon they were talking about some Russian guys who sell the stock and whether you should buy it and stuff, someone posted pictures of the destroyed factory as proof that this Svema wasn’t the original and so on.
The stock has no indication whatsoever on the film itself, not even a frame number, so it is really a mystery what kind of film it is. And the FPP guys don’t really disclose their sources as far as I know.
But it doesn’t matter! I had fun shooting the film, and I’m pretty happy with the results and this is the most important part.
Next is Svema Color, so stay tuned.
Some time ago I bought a couple of rolls of Svema Foto 400 from FPP to try, and last week I was finally going to develop them. Now when it comes to developing times I always check with the massive dev chart or just google if it’s not there, and usually there’s no problem with finding it.
Not this time. I’ve spent a couple of hours for sure trying to find how long I should develop this film at box speed in HC-110 and didn’t succeed.
This wouldn’t be such an issue, hadn’t I put the film into the tank. I’ve got six more rolls in the queue so I would definitely find something to do while waiting for the answer.
Finally, after several days of waiting, I decided to risk it and go with someone’s suggestion to develop the film using the time for Rollei Retro 400S as it’s the film on a thin synthetic base quite similar to what Svema feels like.
I’ll be back with whatever results I get.
One of the greatest leisure activities we have in our desert is hiking. Because it’s scorchingly hot from June to September, it’s only in autumn and spring when we really can enjoy this. But when we do go out it is an amazing experience.