In James Stamp’s article in the August issue. How to Gel the Most Grain in 35-m.m. he mentions several ways to gel grainy effects in black-and-white prints. I have found a way that has provided a wide variety of effects— using good, old Tri-X rated at ASA 6,400, developing it in Kodak HC-110, 1:15 for ten minutes at 90 F. Stamp suggests Royal-X and isopan Record, but warns against the fogging that may occur when these pre-fogged films are pushed beyond their suggested ASA.
As you may know, if you saw our June issue, read the reports of the recent IPFX show in the last few issues, or have been hanging around camera stores, the big news in the amateur motion picture field is the new Super 8 8-mm film which Kodak announced, and the Single 8 which Fuji and Agfa are going to make.
Some years ago, and for a number of years, the October issue was devoted almost exclusively to the darkroom, but with the increasing popularity of color slides, surveys disclosed that reader interest in processing, printing, and enlarging was declining.
Regular readers of this column are no doubt familiar with my constant harping on the importance of keeping records when working with color in the darkroom. I must admit that by now I have a few notebooks to refer to, though keeping them organized is a bit of a chore.
It happens that I live in the New York area, so whenever I contemplate a trip to Mexico my first thoughts are of flying directly to Mexico City, while relaxing for four hours or so on an Aeronaves de Mexico DC8C jet. But as a matter of fact, during the past year I’ve traveled to Mexico half-adozen times, and I actually used five different methods of transportation to cross the border.
In this day and age when photographic products and techniques are multiplying at a terrifying rale, I can sympathize with many of the confused letters that cross my desk. Many of these contain perfectly legitimate questions about techniques or the various products on the market.
Is the Picturephone a picture tool? Can photographers and people who use photography turn the Picturephone into an accessory? POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Editor John Durniak put the Picturephone to a test by asking Declan Haun. Chicago professional photographer, to show a portfolio of prints for the 1966 PHOTOGRAPHY ANNUAL.
What procedure should be followed to find out how good your lens is? According to some experts, charts are in disfavor along with resolution given in lines per millimeter. The argument here is that we take pictures of people, things, and places, not charts.
• Are you using the right basic tools: a sturdy tripod, cable release (or camera self-timer), and the same brand of medium-speed or slow blackand-white film as for previous tests? • Is the lighting even, and the same as for earlier tests of the same type?
Claude Monet was one of ten European celebrities Frank Crow ninshield. art director, had commissioned Nicholas Murav to photograph for Vanity Fair. It was the summer of 1926 and. as it turned out, the great Impressionist was not to live out the year.
All the photographs on this month's cover have one thing in common: they were made with the same lens setting—f/8. The flash adjusted its own light! Here is graphic proof of the Auto/ Strobonar's ability to produce accurate exposures through a wide range of subject-to-lamp distances and subject types, whether used singly or in multiple setups.
WIDE-ANGLE LENS HOODS especially designed not to cause vignetting when used with extreme-wide-angle lenses are available in custom and Series sizes. For details, write to Spiratone, Inc.. 135-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. 11354.
ACCURA TRIPGRIP, a combination camera holder and flash bracket forsteadier hand-held shooting, incorporates a removable 10in. cable release and an accessory shoe to accommodate almost any flash unit. Construction is of chrome-plated metal and slipproof rubber. Price, $3.95. Distributor is Accura, Ltd., 708 Byron Ave., Franklin Square, N.Y.
800-mm SPIRATONE f/8
800-mm SPIRATONE f/8, a telephoto lens for Minolta, Nikon, Pentax, and similar focal-plane SLR cameras, stores in two parts when not in use. It has a preset diaphragm, stops down to //32, focuses from 75 ft, has a tripod socket and weighs 6 lb. Magnification is 16 times that of normal 50-mm lens. Price, $194.95; 18 '/2 - i n. velvet-lined leather case, $12.95. Other accessories include a 1,200-mm //12 converter and a rear-fitting haze filter. More details are available from Spiratone, Inc., 135-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing. N.Y. 11354.
ASCOR MEGALUME portable electronicflash units have been improved by means of solid-state components, providing longer battery life and more flashes per charge. Changes have been made in other components as well. Detailed specifications on these units tue available from ASCOR-American Speedlight Corp., 25-15 50th St., Woodsidc, N.Y. 11377.
POLARIZING SHIELD polarizes illumination created by reflector floodlamps when copying rough-surfaced photographs, paintings; it also eliminates reflections. Positioned in front of the lamp, it’s attached by a clamp around the lamp socket. Price is $4.50 each or $7.95 a pair. Distributor is Spiratone, Inc., 135-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. 11354.
MINICOL II, a super-compensating, maximum-acutance developer is similar to original Minicol but has been adapted for one-shot use. It's concentrated, used at a 1:7 dilution ratio, and comes in 16-oz bottles priced at $1.09. Keeping quality is stated to be very good. Information bulletin available from Edwal Scientific Products Corp., 12120 S. Peoria, Chicago. 111. 60643.
RAMAPO REEL RACK
RAMAPO REEL RACK is made of heavy - vinyl - covered wire, designed to fit standard 3'/2gal tanks. No. 18-120 (illustrated) hold 36 35-mm reels or 18 120 reels and is priced at $18.50; No. 6-220 holds six 120, 6-220 holds six 120, 220. or oversized 35-mm reels. Manufacturer is Ramapo Photo Products, Box 444, Suffern, N.Y.
Sylvania has developed a compact “flashcube that can be turned like a merry-go-round to deliver four flash shots in quiek succession. Cooperating with Sylvania the Kastman Kodak Co., has introduced a line of cameras that automatically turn the cuhe after each shot, bringing the next bulb into firing position.
Some time back, photographers returning from trips behind the iron curtain started bringing strange new lenses out with them. The one that probably attracted the most attention was a 500-mm mirror telephoto with unusual characteristics (see POPULAR PHOTOGRAOHY. January 1964).
Notched box assists in loading sheet-film holders Knowing which way sheet film is oriented in its box makes loading the film holders easier. Make a notch in one end of the box, on same side as notched end of the film. Fven in the dark, you can tell which end of the box has the coded sid of the film.
NEW YORK G.E.'s silicon-controlled rectifier has many photographic applications : Tiny component at left, known familiarly as an SCR, was introduced here by General Electric, and its promise in revolutionizing photographic equipment using electronics is one of most significant developments this year.
At the end of this month one of the greatest exhibitions of photography ever will close ils doors forever. The New York World’s Fair will turn off its lights and start tearing down its buildings. A world's fair is a many-sided blessing for photography.
Scoring a dramatic breakthrough in circuitry and component design. Honeywell has developed a fully automatic electronic flash that makes guide numbers and mental calculations virtually a thing of the past. The new Auto/Strobonar. using a concept never before applied in electronic flash, adjusts its light output automatically by reading its own light reflected be the subject.
Any photographer, amateur or pro. who buys even one roll of a new film to "give it a try becomes involved in The process of film testing. This particular fild is fascinating (to me at least), complicated, time-consuming, often surprising, and often highly irritating— but it should also prove in formative and that s what we want.
What does a glamor photographer do on his day off? If he's like Peter Gowland. he sharpens his camera leehniques by shooting candidly and chiefly for his own pleasure. Often Peter and his wife Alice go to a beach near their home in Santa Monica.
For some time now. silver has been prominent in headlines in newspapers, in news magazines, and in technical journals. A threatened shortage has made it necessary for President Johnson to ask Congress to remove silver from the national coinage.
Perhaps you think that I'm showing favoritism in picking out just one or two films from each maker and ignoring the other fine ones in their catalogs. Yes, I am a bit biased this time. What I’ve done is to single out films that for personal reasons (and reasons that I think will help you) have tickled my imagination.
Now for the first time, Sony is entering the home videotape recorder market with two models, each including a built-in television set used as a monitor. The portable model, TYC-2010, is priced at $995 and weighs only 66 pounds. The table model, TYC-2020. is priced at $1.250. and comes in a walnut cabinet with a timerclock that lets you record programs even when you aren't around.
If you are already set up to enlarge 35-mm negatives, nothing drastic will be required to get you started printing big ones from the half-frame size. However, unless the enlarger you re using is one designed for up to 24x36-mm frames you'II probably soon find yourself in a spot where the combination you are using just won't give enough enlargement to suit you without some juggling.
Although half-frame 35-mm transparencies are mounted in 2x2-ineh mounts that are compatible with 35-mm slide projectors, filling a screen in your living room with a half-frame slide on a 35-mm projector is quite another matter. A half-frame slide, although half the size (in area) of a full 35-mm frame, actually measures two-thirds as large in linear dimension.
If there’s anything that can be said to characterize Mexico (especially from the standpoint of photography). it's that there’s nothing really characteristic of it. It's a land of infinite variety, and this variety, spread out among the country's approximately 76.000 square miles, makes Mexico a land to tour—rather than simply visit.
I'm not the kind of “technical expert” who likes to shoot models holding test charts or multicolored cards in their hands, just to prove what the various color films can do. To my mind, color films were made for shooting beautiful pictures, not to expose test charts.
Mexico has always been one of my favor ite countries, so it was with some trepidation that I returned there this spring after an absence of ten years. I knew Mexico had changed, and I had changed, and so had cameras and film. But how much had it changed?
Fellow photographers, do you need A LITTLE BLACK BOOK?
My camera has an electric eye. automatic diaphragm, coupled film advamce and shutter wind, instant-return mirror. 16 shutter speeds, a motor, automatic exposure counter. 11 interchangeable lenses, and push-button Incusing.
A common price paid for automation is clutter. As a rule, when a manufacturer starts adding features, watch the knobs, buttons, dials, and controls sprout forth. Honeywell's Rondelle 100 slide projector is a stylish exception. It packs a convenient single-slide drawer for previewing and editing, slide-changing by push-button on the machine or by 12-ft remote control cord; provision for an optional timer for fully automatic operation, Uial-A-Slide random access, to name, just a few.
Did you ever stop and really examine a piece of film? Did it ever occur to you that this sliverthin slice of coated cellulose acetate represents the real miracle of photography? There would he no science (or is it art?) of making pictures with light, as we know it today, if it weren’t for this material, which is the product of simple principles of physics and chemistry: particles of silver halide (in the emulsion layer) which have been exposed to light turn black when treated with certain chemicals (developers).
Ordinarily, picture books about a city are either the work of one photographer, in which case the focus is apt to he rather narrow, or the work of many photographers, in which case the point of view is that of the editor not the photographers.
Spots on prints Over the past year I've been using the potassium ferricyanide bleaching technique yon deseribe in the April and May, 1961 issues. However, occasionally I am troubled by blue spots appearig on prints after bleaching.
There's an old cliche that says "It's not what you say but how you say it." This is not strictly true because in any artistically successful film (or any work of art) how you say it is an integral part of what you say. Every camcra angle, every decision on lighting or on how you will move your camera imposes your personal viewpoint on the subject you are photographing.
Anne Marshall is a tall, slender fashion model. She needed some new pictures for her portfolio, so we decided to do some shooting. As I thumbed through her collection of pictures of herself. I was surprised to see that none of the photographers had concentrated on her face.
I am looking for a projector that will show 4x5 color transparencies. Can you name some sources of supply?— John McKinney. Birmingham, Ala. Several firms make overhead projectors. These not only take 4x5 and smaller transparencies, but will often take larger slides up to 10x10 in.