The Twelve Frames of Christmas


Yes.  Already.

We are one of those families.

(Hey, when you have kids, you decorate early…)


In any case, to the best of my knowledge, this sort of thing has never been attempted anywhere before…especially not without some sort of safety harness.

What you have here, folks, is all twelve frames from a roll of 120 yesterday.  No, I’m not sayin’ they’re all great…but some are quite postable.

And like the great Ansel Adams once said: “If you don’t take the shot…you won’t have the picture”.

Or something like that.

Anyhoo…here they are in exactly the same order they were shot and came off the roll.  (Actually, they came off the roll in reverse, because of how 120 spools…but this is how they were shot.  Trust me.)

Ilford HP5+ shot at ISO 800, and pushed one stop in D-76

You saw it here first.


They’ve decided they are going to start a company and invent things…

First on the list: Rocket boots!

Three things going on here:

  • Portra 800 pushed to 1600
  • Rodinal Pre-flash
  • New chemical process: Rollei Digibase C-41. Four steps instead of three, with different timing and temperatures.  Separate Bleach and Fix (instead of “Blix”) Not sure I see a massive improvement, but time will tell.


Just in case you’re wondering, this is what half-unravelled Lomo 800 film looks like when you drop the roll as you’re loading it into the camera.

I knew the images would be a mess, but decided to shoot them anyway as the chemicals were end-of-life.

…”Lomo look” for twice the effort!



I’m not sure specifically what it is I like about this image…but I do.

Maybe I’m biased, and I shouldn’t…It’s kind of a mess.

But it’s her mess.


Ilford HP5+ shot at ISO 1600.


Medium Format Scanner-Testing Doggo

(or “MFSTD” for short)

Epson V600 with the BetterScanning holder and ANR Glass insert.

Definite increase in sharpness…will try and put some comparisons together.


Here is the same scan performed with SilverFast SE Plus.  The film profiling seems to make a slight difference in terms of overall “richness” (And yes, I do know there is a slight difference in exposure.  The files are processed in exactly the same manner in LR: Spot removal, Clarity +10, Sharpening +20 with Masking 1)

Basically what I have determined is that the Better Scanning holder gets you consistency, and stability.  (It is not a complete “slam dunk” over the stock holder if you have been rigorous about film flatness…) It certainly will not turn your $300 scanner into a $2000 scanner…but it WILL allow you to consistently achieve the best results possible with your V600.

Included below is a comparison scan with the OF120, performed at 2600 DPI (instead of the 3200 DPI from the scans above…) DO NOT click on it if you would like to remain satisfied with the V600.


(Don’t get me wrong…for the cost and ease-of-use, the V600 puts out more than adequate results for small output, and web use.  However……)