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Traditional Photographer Continuing the Legacy of the Darkroom
Traditional Photographer Continuing the Legacy of the Darkroom

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It may sound a little odd that a 100-speed film is faster than a 320-speed film, but that is in fact, true when it comes to Tri-X 320 and T-Max 100.  T-Max 100 is a common and awesome choice for landscape photographer and the better reciprocity failure for T-Max is an added benefit.  I have created very large 50" enlargements from both Tri-X 320 and T-Max 100 4x5 sheet film, and both look great.  

They are different, but when connected to your creative vision, both can be very compelling choices.  I recently created a 40" x 50" silver gelatin enlargement from one of my Tri-X negatives of some Tulips.  The texture and grain that is inherent in Tri-X really made this print for me.  It gave it a third dimension and texture that I don't think I could have achieved with any other film.  I have similar experiences with T-Max 100 for landscapes where I have bright highlights and delicate shadow details that are central to the print.  

I hope this information was helpful for you.  Be sure to comment below and subscribe to my YouTube channel where I regularly publish new videos on a wide range of film, darkroom, and large format topics.  

You can connect with me on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/timlaytonfineart where I enjoy interacting with the film and darkroom community.  

You can subscribe to my Large Format and Darkroom Newsletters where I share new and behind the scenes information at www.timlaytonfineart.com/subscribe

-Tim Layton
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Based on my first set of tests, I modified my technique this time.  I still metered my highlights and shadows at ISO 3 and F/45 as last time.  My bellows draw called for two stops of exposure compensation.  My average meter reading suggested a 2-minute exposure.  Adding in exposure compensation, 8 minutes of exposure was suggested.  This time, I reduced the total exposure time by 20% for 6.5 minutes based on the feedback I got from my first tests.  

Watch the video as I explain my steps and process and discuss my thoughts on the results.

I hope this information was helpful for you.  Be sure to comment below and subscribe to my YouTube channel where I regularly publish new videos on a wide range of film, darkroom, and large format topics.  

You can connect with me on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/timlaytonfineart where I enjoy interacting with the film and darkroom community.  

You can subscribe to my Large Format and Darkroom Newsletters where I share new and behind the scenes information at www.timlaytonfineart.com/subscribe

-Tim Layton
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In this video, I perform two tests with Ilford Black and White Direct Positive Paper using my 8x10 view camera.  I have tested and routinely use this paper outside for my landscape photography with a high degree of success, so I wanted to test it inside with some continuous lighting using daylight lamps.

I used one of my 8x10 view cameras with a Schneider APO-Symmar F5.6 300mm lens.  I used Fotodiox continuous lighting fixtures loaded with 6500K daylight bulbs to light my subject.  I had no idea how effective the lighting with be, but it turned out much better than I anticipated.   

I hope this information was helpful for you.  Be sure to comment below and subscribe to my YouTube channel where I regularly publish new videos on a wide range of film, darkroom, and large format topics.  

You can connect with me on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/timlaytonfineart where I enjoy interacting with the film and darkroom community.  

You can subscribe to my Large Format and Darkroom Newsletters where I share new and behind the scenes information at www.timlaytonfineart.com/subscribe

-Tim Layton
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In this video, I discuss my perspective of why I think film photography has a creative advantage over the high-tech digital alternative.  I would be interested in hearing your perspective and thoughts, so be sure to comment below and share with others.

I hope this information was helpful for you.  Be sure to comment below and subscribe to my YouTube channel where I regularly publish new videos on a wide range of film, darkroom, and large format topics.  

You can connect with me on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/timlaytonfineart where I enjoy interacting with the film and darkroom community.  

You can subscribe to my Large Format and Darkroom Newsletters where I share new and behind the scenes information at www.timlaytonfineart.com/subscribe

-Tim Layton
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In this episode of Darkroom Discussions I share my metering techniques for black and white negative film, c-41 color negative film, and E-6 color slide film.  

I publish two private newsletters containing new information not available on my blog.  You can visit http://www.timlaytonfineart.com/subscribe to sign up for my Large Format Newsletter and/or my Darkroom Newsletter.  

For more information, you can connect with me on my website at http://www.timlaytonfineart.com or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/timlaytonfineart
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In this episode of Darkroom Discussions I share my latest testing for Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White fiber paper using ISO 1/3/6 and three developers.  I developed in Diafine, Rodinal, Ilford Multigrade and Ilford PQ Universal at various dilutions that I discuss in the video.  After you watch the video, be sure to comment, share and ask any questions that you want.  

I publish two private newsletters containing new information not available on my blog.  You can visit http://www.timlaytonfineart.com/subscribe to sign up for my Large Format Newsletter and/or my Darkroom Newsletter.  

For more information, you can connect with me on my website at http://www.timlaytonfineart.com or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/timlaytonfineart
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I just started publishing two private newsletters focused on Large Format Photography and Darkroom Photography that contains new information not available on my blog.  

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In this episode of "Darkroom Discussions", Tim Layton discusses how to correctly figure out the amount of chemical for the total volume desired to be used for any dilution factor in the darkroom.

To view examples and additional information, visit this article on my website at http://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2015/9/how-to-calculate-dilution-ratio-in-the-darkroom
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In this episode of "Darkroom Discussions", I  discuss how to modify an 8x10 large format film holder in order to create two 4x10 Pano images on one sheet of 8x10 sheet film.

For more information, you can connect with me on my website at http://www.timlaytonfineart.com or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/timlaytonfineart
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New article: Metering for Film vs. DSLR
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