Tim Layton Fine Art: Blog https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog en-us (C) 2001-2021 Tim Layton & Associates, LLC | All Rights Reserved (Tim Layton Fine Art) Sat, 23 Oct 2021 12:43:00 GMT Sat, 23 Oct 2021 12:43:00 GMT https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/img/s/v-12/u131224912-o510457233-50.jpg Tim Layton Fine Art: Blog https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog 80 120 Large Format Pictorialist Silver Gelatin Prints Are The New 21st Century Alt Method https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/9/large-format-pictorialist-silver-gelatin-prints-are-the-new-21st-century-alt-method Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021 If you have been around photography for very long, then you already know that making any type of analog prints in the darkroom are generally considered to be alternative photography in the midst of the digital generation.  

Later in this article, I am going to lay out a pathway for you to implement an end to end handmade artisan workflow that will give you total control over your creative vision unlike anything that is possible in the digital world. 

As you know, I am a long time advocate for all things analog photography and this isn't just based on my personal preference, although I deeply enjoy every part of the process. 

Tim Jr. and I make all sorts of prints, both analog and digital, and I am well positioned to see the pros and cons of each approach.  Even if all things were equal, the benefits afforded the photographer by being so personally connected to each step in the process is overwhelmingly a huge benefit in my opinion.  The level of personal joy and connectedness to a print that we make in the darkroom compared to a digital image that we edit in Photoshop and print on the Epson inkjet simply can't compare.  I believe there is a time and place for each type of print in the 21st century.  

Topaz Mill - 09/11/2021Topaz Mill - 09/11/2021 After a year long project of selling our cabins and darkroom building and then moving and building the new darkroom, we have finally just started working at full capacity in the new space.  I can't express to you how happy that makes us.  All the work, time, and money invested is being fully realized and we have never been more excited about creating new work.  

We recently launched the new Darkroom Underground analog photography community, where we take you behind the scenes with us and share every aspect of our fine art printmaking process.  After the tragic death of my youngest daughter Abby in April, I wasn't sure I could even finish the darkroom or even do photography again.  I continue to battle with the pain and suffering with her loss on a daily basis, but I discovered something in the middle of the darkest days of my life.  

The amount of fellow photographers from around the world that offered support, words of encouragement, and pure compassion was overwhelming to me.  I can't express in words how thankful and grateful I am to everyone that has helped me through this difficult time.

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube I discovered that my lifelong love of photography is a form of therapy for me.  Last year I thought I was going to retire and pursue longtime passion projects and continue to mentor Tim Jr.  With everything that has happened, I realized that my helping other photographers is not only part of my larger purpose, but it is also a form of therapy for me. 

I benefit greatly from sharing everything I know about analog photography and both Tim Jr. and I are fully committed to the Darkroom Underground community for the long haul. I still have a lot of good years left in me and with Tim Jr. in training along the way, he will be ready to take it forward when the day comes that I can't.   

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The main reason that I wanted to write this article today was because I want to officially kick off a new art movement - The 21st Century Large Format Pictorialist Artist Movement.

We are embracing the groundbreaking work of the Pictorialist pioneers over the last 170 years, starting with Henry Peach Robinson in the 1850's, and then adding our own unique perspective and methods

Pictorialism is an approach to photography that emphasizes beauty of subject matter, tonality, and composition rather than the documentation of reality.  This has been so obvious to me in our super sharp over saturated digital world.  

Pictorialism is a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer's realm of imagination. 

That description really strikes a chord with me because it essentially captures the essence of my creative intentions. Prior to the original Pictorialism movement, photographs were mostly seen in the realm of science and as a tool for documentation.  With the current state of surgically sharp digital images, I think we have entered another period of photography that has created a new hyper reality. 

Hodgson Mill 6-13-21 Eastman Dry Plate Camera Stigmatic No. 2 Series II F16 ASA1 Ordinary EmulsionHodgson Mill 6-13-21 Eastman Dry Plate Camera Stigmatic No. 2 Series II F16 ASA1 Ordinary EmulsionOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The founding father of Pictorialism, Henry Peach Robinson, realized something no one before him.  Based on his experience as a painter, he used his knowledge of composition and tonality (light against dark) to help elevate photography to a form of art versus being viewed as a tool for documenting reality.  In an example below, it will become obvious how brilliant Mr. Robinson truly was.

When you look at the images created by the Pictorialist from the mid 19th century up through the end of the movement in the early 20th century, it is easy to see that we just don't create such artful images any more.  Stop and think about that for a moment.  Take digital captures and Photoshop off the table and after looking at these emotional and moving Pictorial photographs, could you make something like this today with your current gear and workflow?  

A simple google images search for "Pictorialism" will further help us realize the departure from modern day images.  

Here is an example from Henry Peach Robinson:  

Dawn and Sunset by Henry Peach RobinsonDawn and Sunset by Henry Peach Robinson "Dawn and Sunset" was created by British painter and photographer Henry Peach Robinson in 1885.  Robinson was a master of emotion and in this special image, he illustrates the passage of time in a subtle and impactful way using Pictorialist methods.

Henry Peach Robinson was the original pioneer of the Pictorialist movement.  Robinson literally paved the way for photography being recognized as art.

Robinson was a painter before he became a photographer and this training and experience helped him realize the rules and guidelines associated with painting could be applied to photographs as well. 

In "Dawn and Sunset" he borrowed compositional formulas from his training as a painter and he used tonality (light against dark tones) to achieve things no one before him had been able to do. 

Robinson carefully composed an emotional tale of the flowering and fading of life, a child, at the beginning of life, rests in its mother's arms bathed in sunlight, while the grandfather, at the other end of life, rests in the shadows, lit only faintly by the waning light.  The softer aesthetic along with the emotional use of light and dark tones creates an emotional experience for the viewer that is timeless.  

Waterloo PlaceWaterloo Place Here is a different example from Leonard Misonne, called Waterloo Place which is a form of urban Pictorialism that was created in 1899. 

I share this example because the idea and methodology behind Pictorialism can apply to any genre and style of photography. 

The Pictorialist's during this time were literally fighting to elevate photography to a recognized form of art.

While George Eastman and Kodak was telling the world to just click the shutter and they will do the rest, the Pictorialist's were taking photography to new levels.

During the original Pictorialist era, photographers typically made their own emulsions, hand coated their paper negatives or glass plates, and made their own contact printing paper. 

They explored and created methods and techniques to create the types of images that are now associated with Pictorialism.  These pioneers took photography from a way to document reality to a respected visual art that would forever change the world.

In the Darkroom Underground, I am exploring the methods, techniques, and pure analog workflows to include teaching you how to make your own handmade silver gelatin emulsions to coat paper negative, films, and dry plates as well as making emulsions to hand coat contact printing papers and even enlargement speed papers too.  

Then we go on a journey together to figure out ways to create handmade emotionally evocative artwork that is unlike anything being actively created today in digital photography. 

And the best part is, you only need your creative mind and some basic analog photography gear to explore all of this.  No computers, Photoshop, or digital printers are required. 

I am excited to explore all of this with you and I look forward to connecting with you inside the Darkroom Underground.

What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) 19th Century Photography Darkroom Underground Pictorialism Soft Focs https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/9/large-format-pictorialist-silver-gelatin-prints-are-the-new-21st-century-alt-method Sun, 12 Sep 2021 14:47:43 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 23 (Ultra Large Format Silver Gelatin Contact Print) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/9/darkroom-diary-episode-23 Darkroom Diary Episode 23 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 23 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In episode 23, Tim makes an ultra large format silver gelatin fine art contact print from a paper negative that he created when at a recent visit to Hodgson Mill in the Missouri Ozark's.

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

Join us on Facebook and get the latest updates on the Darkroom Underground Page and connect with analog photographers from around the world in the Darkroom Underground Group.

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Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground fine art Hodgson Mill Missouri Ozarks https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/9/darkroom-diary-episode-23 Sat, 04 Sep 2021 03:15:00 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 22 (Mounting Ice Princess Silver Gelatin Print) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/9/darkroom-diary-episode-22-mounting-ice-princess-silver-gelatin-print Darkroom Diary Episode 22 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 22 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 22 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim shows you how easy it is to use Gudy 831 Fine Art Smooth mounting material versus using a heavy and expensive dry mount press. 

 

Join us on Facebook and get the latest updates on the Darkroom Underground Page and connect with analog photographers from around the world in the Darkroom Underground Group.

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ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING LIBRARY

Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.

Buy Your Photography, Video, & Technology Gear at No Additional Cost To You From B&H Photo

B&H Photo VideoB&H Photo Video COLOR FILMS, DEVELOPERS, DARKROOM GEAR

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/9/darkroom-diary-episode-22-mounting-ice-princess-silver-gelatin-print Thu, 02 Sep 2021 10:24:57 GMT
Darkroom Underground Episode 1 - Ultra Large Format Paper Negatives https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/9/darkroom-underground-episode-1-ultra-large-format-paper-negatives Episode 1 - ULF Paper Negatives at Hodgson Mill

September 1, 2021 (Free Preview)

Join Now and Let The Fun begin!

Darkroom Underground - www.timlaytonfineart.com/DUDarkroom Underground - www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU

What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021 We have been working a lot with paper negatives lately, and so we begin the Darkroom Underground Series by taking you out to the historic Hodgson Mill in the Missouri Ozarks where we use our new 14x17 Ultra Large Format camera and TT Signature Pictorial Lens.

We exposed 4 paper negatives right after daybreak with the 14x17 camera at Hodgson mill and Tim Jr developed them by inspection back in our darkroom.

Tim Sr. talks shares how to properly rate and expose the paper negatives used in this episode and why he made the choices he did. 

After all four negatives were developed, Tim Sr. provides some analysis and insight into the exposure and development choices made and how to improve in the future.  

We predict that paper negatives and contact printing with Ultra large format will be all the rage with ultra large format photography in the very near future.  Tim Sr. has been using paper negatives in his large format camera since the 1990's and has had excellent success using a variety of different darkroom papers as his negative medium.  

The range of creative choices and ability to shape your fine art images using paper negatives is unique and different than working with film and Tim Sr. leads the way showing you how versatile and creative paper negatives can truly be.

In episode two, we select a paper that meets our creative vision and then Tim Sr. walks you through how he creates a split grade ultra large format contact print using the Heiland LED Splitgrade system.

Learn how to get immediate access to Episode 1 and to the entire Darkroom Underground video library. All of the technical details are covered in depth and you will walk away from this episode fully empowered to start using silver gelatin paper as a negative medium in your analog photography. Tim Sr. includes a technical cheat sheet with this episode to help you with proper exposure and development.  

Join Now and Let The Fun begin!

Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021 Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1 Tim Sr with 14x17 Paper NegativeTim Sr with 14x17 Paper Negative Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1 Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1 Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1


Tim Sr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021Tim Sr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021

If you want to take your analog photography skills to a higher level, skip lunch out this month and join Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. in their new state of the art darkroom.

You get unlimited access to every video in the Darkroom Underground membership library that started on September 1, 2021.  

The Darkroom Underground videos provide a lot of valuable technical information, however, the value doesn't stop there.  The creative insights along with the ideas are sure to spark a creative fire in you.  

Effectively, it is like you are working right next to Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. in the darkroom and in the field as they plan and work their way through their creative and technical processes.

It's not all just about the technical details, every aspect of the fine art printing process is covered from the creative vision to the final print in a storytelling type of format. 

As each project unfolds, the story also unfolds too.  Even they don't know the final outcome of each project and you have a front row seat to experience everything right along with them. 

The Darkroom Underground is an ongoing story that takes you on a journey with Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. as they work through the process of creating handmade analog fine art gallery quality prints.  Many of the projects take unexpected turns, so obstacles and challenges must be overcome.   

Join Now and Let The Fun begin!

Darkroom Underground - www.timlaytonfineart.com/DUDarkroom Underground - www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography black and white darkroom Darkroom Underground fine art Paper Negative Ultra Large Format https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/9/darkroom-underground-episode-1-ultra-large-format-paper-negatives Wed, 01 Sep 2021 23:38:41 GMT
Darkroom Underground Episode 1 Preview - Ultra Large Format Paper Negatives at Hodgson Mill https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-underground-episode-1-ultra-large-format-paper-negatives-at-hodgson-mill Darkroom Underground - www.timlaytonfineart.com/DUDarkroom Underground - www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU

Episode 1 Preview - ULF Paper Negatives at Hodgson Mill

September 1, 2021

What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021 We have been working a lot with paper negatives lately, and so we begin the Darkroom Underground Series by taking you out to the historic Hodgson Mill in the Missouri Ozarks where we use our new 14x17 Ultra Large Format camera and TT Signature Pictorial Lens.

We exposed 4 paper negatives right after daybreak with the 14x17 camera at Hodgson mill and Tim Jr developed them by inspection back in our darkroom.

Tim Sr. talks shares how to properly rate and expose the paper negatives used in this episode and why he made the choices he did. 

After all four negatives were developed, Tim Sr. provides some analysis and insight into the exposure and development choices made and how to improve in the future. A technical cheat sheet is also provided to help you expose and develop the paper negatives. 

We predict that paper negatives and contact printing will be all the rage with large and ultra large format photography in the very near future.  Tim Sr. has been using paper negatives in his large format camera since the 1990's and has had excellent success using a variety of different darkroom papers as his negative medium. 

The range of creative choices and ability to shape your fine art images using paper negatives is unique and different than working with film and Tim Sr. leads the way showing you how versatile and creative paper negatives can truly be.

In episode two, we select a paper that meets our creative vision and then Tim Sr. walks you through how he creates a split grade ultra large format contact print using the Heiland LED Splitgrade system.

Learn how to get immediate access to Episode 1 and to the entire Darkroom Underground video library. All of the technical details are covered in depth and you will walk away from this episode fully empowered to start using silver gelatin paper as a negative medium in your analog photography. Tim Sr. includes a technical cheat sheet with this episode to help you with proper exposure and development.  

Join Now and Let The Fun begin!

Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021 Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1 Tim Sr with 14x17 Paper NegativeTim Sr with 14x17 Paper Negative Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1 Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1 Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1Darkroom Underground Episode 1 09/01/2021 www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU-1


Tim Sr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021Tim Sr. at Hodgson Mill For Darkroom Underground Episode 1 08/28/2021

If you want to take your analog photography skills to a higher level, skip lunch out this month and join Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. in their new state of the art darkroom.

You get unlimited access to every video in the Darkroom Underground membership library that started on September 1, 2021.  

The Darkroom Underground videos provide a lot of valuable technical information, however, the value doesn't stop there.  The creative insights along with the ideas are sure to spark a creative fire in you.  

Effectively, it is like you are working right next to Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. in the darkroom and in the field as they plan and work their way through their creative and technical processes.

It's not all just about the technical details, every aspect of the fine art printing process is covered from the creative vision to the final print in a storytelling type of format. 

As each project unfolds, the story also unfolds too.  Even they don't know the final outcome of each project and you have a front row seat to experience everything right along with them. 

The Darkroom Underground is an ongoing story that takes you on a journey with Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. as they work through the process of creating handmade analog fine art gallery quality prints.  Many of the projects take unexpected turns, so obstacles and challenges must be overcome.   

Join Now and Let The Fun begin!

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography black and white darkroom Darkroom Underground fine art Paper Negative Ultra Large Format https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-underground-episode-1-ultra-large-format-paper-negatives-at-hodgson-mill Sun, 29 Aug 2021 10:50:05 GMT
New Darkroom Underground Analog Photography Membership https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/new-darkroom-underground-analog-photography-membership Darkroom Underground - www.timlaytonfineart.com/DUDarkroom Underground - www.timlaytonfineart.com/DU Both Tim Jr. and I are really excited to have the new darkroom up and running. 

Now that the new darkroom is in full production, we are able to launch the new Darkroom Underground series where we bring you behind the scenes with us and share every intimate detail of our fine art processes.  

If you want to take your analog photography skills to a higher level, skip lunch out this month and join Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. in their new state of the art darkroom.

You get unlimited access to every video in the Darkroom Underground membership library that starts on September 1, 2021.  

Effectively, it is like you are working right next to Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. in the darkroom as they plan and work their way through the creative and technical processes.

It's not all just about the technical details, every aspect of the fine art printing process and workflow is covered from creative vision to the final print.

The Darkroom Underground is an ongoing series that takes you on a journey with Tim Sr. and Tim Jr. as they work through the process of creating analog fine art gallery quality prints. 

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The Silver Membership works just like Netflix or Hulu.  It gives you unlimited access to everything in the entire Darkroom Underground Analog Photography Series Library that started on September, 1, 2021 so long as you are a current member.

The Gold Membership includes everything in the Silver Membership, PLUS you receive a 50% discount on any of Tim's analog photography training. You are also entered in a monthly drawing to win one of Tim Sr's latest fine art prints.

The Platinum Membership includes everything included in the Silver and Gold Memberships, PLUS every month you will receive an 8"x10" silver gelatin, silver chloride, or platinum/palladium artist proof from Tim Sr's latest portfolio.  This is an incredible opportunity to collect Tim Sr's best work at a fraction of the market value. 

Join Now and Let The Fun begin!

Your membership automatically renews every month so you never miss out on the latest content.  You can cancel at any time in the future. All content is protected by copyright and by becoming a member, you agree to keep the content private and not share it outside the community.  This is how we make a living and if you share the content illegally, it directly impacts our ability to earn a living and continue producing new content.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) Darkroom Underground https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/new-darkroom-underground-analog-photography-membership Fri, 27 Aug 2021 02:22:12 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 21 (Testing Ilford WT as an 8x10 Large Format Paper Negative) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-21 Darkroom Diary Episode 21 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 21 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In episode 21, Tim tests Ilford WT FB paper to see if it is a viable paper negative option for his ultra large format 14x17 camera. Tim is using the TT Signature Pictorialist lens in combination with the Ilford WT FB paper negative to see if he can create the aesthetic he seeks for his next project with his 14x17 ULF camera.

Join us on Facebook and get the latest updates on the Darkroom Underground Page and connect with analog photographers from around the world in the Darkroom Underground Group.

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

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Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground Wild Horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-21 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 23:15:00 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 20 (TT Signature Pictorialist Lens) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-20 Darkroom Diary Episode 20 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 20 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

 

In episode 20, Tim shares his thoughts about his new TT Signature Pictorialist Lens.

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube

ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING LIBRARY

Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.

Buy Your Photography, Video, & Technology Gear at No Additional Cost To You From B&H Photo

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground Wild Horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-20 Fri, 13 Aug 2021 23:15:00 GMT
How To Make Enlarged Analog Negatives https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/how-to-make-enlarged-analog-negatives How To Make Enlarged Analog Negatives by Tim LaytonHow To Make Enlarged Analog Negatives by Tim Layton I get a lot of questions on how I make my 8x10 large format enlarged negatives for our Wild Horse silver gelatin gallery prints, so I decided to write this article to help you. 

The process is much easier than most people think.  You simply take your original smaller negative and make an interpositive.  The interpositive can be a contact print or enlargement and then use that to make the new enlarged negative.  You treat the interpositive just like you were making a print in the darkroom, only it is on film.  Since your source and target media will always be opposite, when you take your new interpositive and either contact print it or enlarge it, you get a new and bigger negative.  It really is that easy and I explain how to do all this in the sections below.   

First, I will share why I make the 8x10 large format negatives and then I will share the technical details so you can run with the process and make your own enlarged negatives. 

Tim Jr. and I specialize in making very large wild horse black and white silver gelatin gallery prints.  We use our Beseler 45V-XL with the 8x10 conversion kit along with the Heiland LED cold light and Splitgrade systems.

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube Because of the speed and mobility requirements associated with wild horses, we use 35mm cameras with big and fast telephoto glass in the field.  There is simply no way to use our 8x10 large format view camera in this scenario.  

We have found that the upper limit of print sizes from optimal 35mm negatives is about 11”x14” or 16”x20” occasionally if all the stars are in alignment.  Since we specialize in making 40”x60” silver gelatin prints, we needed a bigger size negative and this is where the idea came in to start making enlarged negatives.  We print optically using classic traditional methods, but there is the possibility of having a professional drum scan on a 35mm negative that could lead to a different workflow than I use.  I don't go down that path, so I don't have any advice or comments about a hybird approach like that.

THE BIG PICTURE

At a high level, you need to use your original 35mm or other smaller negative and make an interpositive as the first step.  We have tried a variety of ortho films as well as Bergger print film and found that Bergger print film gives us really good results and has fewer dust problems.  

If you decide to use ortho films, you will need to find ways to cut the light down to give you more time for adjustments.  I use my Heiland LED system to help with cutting the light down because it has a feature on the controller to vary the intensity.  You can also use ND filters and similar methods as well.  When making your interpositive you want enough time to be able to dodge and burn to make some adjustments and I aim for 20 to 30 seconds for my operating time. 

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USING BERGGER PRINTFILM

Since my source negative is 35mm for my wild horse images, it makes sense to enlarge to 4x5 Bergger print film for my interpositive because I won't really have any loss of quality at that size.  

You treat the Bergger print film just like you are making a regular darkroom print.  It is just on film versus being on paper.  Use all the same methods that you do to make a regular darkroom print to find your best exposure and development times.

I also gain the advantage of cropping and adjusting the image placement on the new 4x5 format.  Going from a 2:3 aspect ratio of 35mm to 4:5 with 4x5 large format, there will naturally be some cropping, so I tend to shoot wide in the field knowing I will be converting to 4:5 aspect ratio.

To get started making your interpositive, you will just simply need to do some trial and error to help establish some reasonable boundaries for your negatives.  Your negatives are almost certainly much different than mine and I cover some tips and guidelines below. 

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Next, I load my 4x5 enlarged interpositive into my enlarger and then I can make my new negative up to 20x24 with pre-cut sheets of Bergger film.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Bergger is making sheets of this film from 4x5 up to 20x24 and they have rolls of it even bigger.  

To find out the best exposure, just make a step wedge print, just like you do when making an initial print in the darkroom.  I like to make 2 second increments.  Once you get through the process a few times, you establish some common boundaries and the process becomes much more intuitive and easy.  But the key is "you" need to do the work and reading my article or spending time in forums won't really help you beyond getting started. 

To help get you started, use HC110 1:47 for 5 min to develop the Bergger print film interpositive. Alternatively, you could use Dektol at 1:9 as a starting place and you can work under red safelights making your life a lot easier. 

Do not over agitate the print film. Based on the contrast of your interpositive, you may need to use a different dilution. There is no way for me to give you a specific answer.  You need to test and find what works for your negatives.  

Select an exposure time that has shadow details desired and select a developer dilution that provides highlights that are not too dense (blown out).  

Thick and high contrast negatives are good for Platinum and Silver Chloride, but may be challenging for silver printing.  You need to create the negatives for your printing process requirements.  

Treat the interpositive like you are making a regular darkroom print and treat enlarged negative like it was a new in camera negative. 

HELPFUL GUIDELINES: exposure time determines shadows and developer dilution controls contrast for your interpositive.  Commit that to memory because this is counterintuitive to photographers that have a lot of experience developing black and white negative film.

Judge each step (interpositive and final negative) on light table.   Look for enough density for good highlights and enough transparency for good detail in shadows. I tend to make a test strip at 2 sec. increments, and then select best time paired with a developer dilution that gives me the desired contrast. Since each step in the process builds contrast, you need time and experience to make judgement calls along the way.  There is not way for me or anyone to give you answers to making enlarged negatives from your film.  

Now it is time to make your full working interpositive at the best exposure time and developer dilution. I tend to make a couple different ones and then if it is a common scene or subject, I take good notes and then I have a solid starting place in the future. 

Use the guidelines and tips above to help you determine when you have a good interpositive and new enlarged negative. For my enlarged negative I like to use FP4 and other people like to use many different films ranging from T-Max 100 to even ortho films.  If you use an ortho film, just know that you won't be able to use contrast filters with your printing process.  I typically rate my FP4 at EI 50 to help slow down the exposure time and then adjust my HC110-B development time accordingly to give me the contrast and density desired for my target printing process.  I mostly make enlarged negatives for making big silver gelatin enlargements, but I also make them for contact printing processes like AZO silver chloride and platinum too.    

The Bergger printfilm is coated on a 175 micron PET base and has a special red colored anti-static layer on the back of the film which is part of the reason for its very high resolution. 

The film is mainly sensitive to blue light and it is safe to use under regular darkroom safelights too. The new print film also has an anti-static layer which should help with all those little annoying dust particles that drive us nuts.

I hope this article helps get you started making analog enlarged negatives and making the types of analog prints that you enjoy creating.

You can also refer to the third edition of the Darkroom Cookbook for some additional information on making enlarged negatives that may help you as well. 

The best thing you can do is take the guidelines that I shared with you above and get started with the process.  Only time and experience will lead you to your desired state.  

-Tim Layton


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ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING LIBRARY

Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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Schedule Your Free Art Consultation so I can help you figure out the best size and details for any piece of artwork that I create.

 

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Current members are automatically entered for a chance to win one of my wild horse fine art gallery prints every month 

Join me and other horse lovers from around the world on my new YouTube Channel, where Tim Jr and I make our latest wild horse silver and platinum fine art gallery prints.  

I take you behind the scenes as Tim Jr. and I make our latest handmade silver gelatin and wild horse fine art prints for art buyers and collectors around the world. I share the stories and inspiration behind each piece of artwork with you.

 

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography enlarged negative https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/how-to-make-enlarged-analog-negatives Thu, 12 Aug 2021 19:15:16 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 19 (DIY LED Lightbox For Viewing Film) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-19 Darkroom Diary Episode 19 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 19 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In episode 19, Tim shares an idea for how to make a DIY light box to view large and ultra large format films.

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube

ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING LIBRARY

Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.

Buy Your Photography, Video, & Technology Gear at No Additional Cost To You From B&H Photo

B&H Photo VideoB&H Photo Video COLOR FILMS, DEVELOPERS, DARKROOM GEAR

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground Wild Horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-19 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 23:15:00 GMT
Behind The Scenes - Making "Winter's Kiss" 8x10 Large Format Silver Gelatin Contact Print https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/behind-the-scenes-making-winters-kiss-8x10-large-format-silver-gelatin-contact-print Behind The Scenes - Making "Winter's Kiss" 8x10 Large Format Silver Gelatin Contact PrintBehind The Scenes - Making "Winter's Kiss" 8x10 Large Format Silver Gelatin Contact Print In this video at the bottom of the article, I bring you behind the scenes in our new darkroom as we make our very first 8x10 large format contact print of "Winter's Kiss".  

Before we can make the contact print in the darkroom, a lot of work goes on that you don't see behind the scenes. 

It all begins when Tim Jr and I are out in the field with the wild horses.  We photograph them with smaller 35mm cameras using big wildlife telephoto prime lenses. This allows us to keep a safe distance from the wild horses, but also get the types of shots that match my style.

We wish we could use our large format cameras for this part of the process, but it simply is not possible.  And by the way, we have actually tried to get some simple compositions with the horses using our 8x10 large format view camera showing more of the landscape with the horses in it, but no luck as of yet.  We are not giving up!! 

Tim Layton - Wild Horses of MissouriTim Layton - Wild Horses of Missouri After we come back from the field, we develop the film, let it dry and then make a contact proof sheet to see if we like any of the images.  

If we were fortunate enough to get a moving and compelling image, then we move forward with making a bigger enlarged negative that is made to work with our 8x10 large format enlarging system.  

It is a tricky and rigorous process to make the enlarged negatives, but I think by keeping the entire artwork creation process using analog film and handmade methods, we are able to create unique wild horse images that simply look different than ones that are created using more contemporary digital methods. Film and chemicals simply render light differently than digital technology and I all into the camp that loves the look of classic analog film.  

After we spend the day making the enlarged negative(s), we need to let them fully dry over night.  

Tim Jr With 8x10 Enlarger & Heiland LED Splitgrade SystemTim Jr With 8x10 Enlarger & Heiland LED Splitgrade System On the third day of work, we can now make the 8x10 contact proof and that is what you see in the video today.  

We need to look at the print for technical reasons, but also to know if we feel moved by the image. 

More times than not, we don't move forward with making larger prints because we only want images that move us and hopefully move our art buyers and collectors.  

We invest thousands of hours of time and a significant amount of money over the course of year to hopefully end up with 10 to 12 new gallery-quality prints.

We really love Winter's Kiss, so we will be making our much larger 30"x40" and 40"x60" enlargements as the next steps.

You can purchase a limited edition of Winter's Kiss from our online store and we will get busy in the darkroom and make it for you.

Winter's Kiss - Wild Horse Fine Art by Tim LaytonWinter's Kiss - Wild Horse Fine Art by Tim Layton We mount all prints on a museum quality acid-free white mounting board and hand cut a window mat to complete the artwork. 

Your new wild horse artwork is ready to put in your frame and hang on the wall when you receive it.

We place your artwork along with a signed certificate of authenticity in a protective archival sleeve and then we take great care in packaging your new artwork to make sure it arrives to you safely and in beautiful condition so you can enjoy it immediately. 

Hint: I always put a little something extra in each package to hopefully put a big smile on your face.  

Our limited edition Wild Horse B&W Fine Art prints are available in the following sizes: 11"x14", 16"x20", 20"x24", 24"x28", 30"x40", 40"x60".

Always feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule a free art consultation.  

-Tim Layton

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Tim Layton Holding "New Life" Wild Horses of Missouri B&W Silver Gelatin PrintTim Layton Holding "New Life" Wild Horses of Missouri B&W Silver Gelatin Print If you love horses, join my Free Wild Horse Journal where I bring you behind the scenes in my new studio and darkroom where I share my latest artwork updates and special offers with you. 

Current members are automatically entered for a chance to win one of my wild horse fine art gallery prints every month.  

Join me and other horse lovers from around the world on my new YouTube Channel, where Tim Jr and I make our latest wild horse silver and platinum fine art gallery prints.  

I take you behind the scenes as Tim Jr. and I make our latest handmade silver gelatin and wild horse fine art prints for art buyers and collectors around the world. I share the stories and inspiration behind each piece of artwork with you.

 

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) Darkroom Handmade Missouri Shanon County Silver Gelatin Wild Horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/behind-the-scenes-making-winters-kiss-8x10-large-format-silver-gelatin-contact-print Sat, 07 Aug 2021 22:35:12 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 18 (Unboxing Ultra Large Format 14x17 Chamonix View Camera) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-18 Darkroom Diary Episode 18 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 18 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In episode 18, Tim does an unboxing of the new Chamonix 14x17 Ultra Large Format view camera.

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground Wild Horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-18 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 23:00:00 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 17 (First Large Format Wild Horse Prints in The New Darkroom) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-17 Darkroom Diary Episode 17 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 17 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In episode 17, Tim shares the very first wild horse 8x10 large format negatives and contact prints in the new darkroom and much more.

Darkroom Underground Analog Photography Membership by Tim LaytonDarkroom Underground Analog Photography Membership by Tim Layton

What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube

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Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground Wild Horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-17 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 22:30:00 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 16 (Newer 660 RGB LED Lights) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-16 Darkroom Diary Episode 16 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 16 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 16, Tim shares his brand new Newer 660 LED RGB lights and what he plans to do with them in the darkroom.

Darkroom Underground Analog Photography Membership by Tim LaytonDarkroom Underground Analog Photography Membership by Tim Layton

What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube

ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING LIBRARY

Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.

Buy Your Photography, Video, & Technology Gear at No Additional Cost To You From B&H Photo

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/8/darkroom-diary-episode-16 Tue, 03 Aug 2021 22:00:00 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 15 (Harrison Dark Cloth for Large & Ultra Large Format View Cameras) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-15 Darkroom Diary Episode 15 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 15 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 15 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim opens his brand new extra large Harrison Dark Cloth for ultra large format view cameras.

Darkroom Underground Analog Photography Membership by Tim LaytonDarkroom Underground Analog Photography Membership by Tim Layton

What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube

ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING LIBRARY

Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.

Buy Your Photography, Video, & Technology Gear at No Additional Cost To You From B&H Photo

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art Harrison Film Changing Tent https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-15 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 21:45:00 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 14 (Harrison Jumbo Film Changing Tent) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-14-harrison-jumbo-film-changing-tent Darkroom Diary Episode 14 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 14 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 14 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim shares his new Harrison Jumbo Film Changing Tent that he got for the new darkroom. 

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Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.

Buy Your Photography, Video, & Technology Gear at No Additional Cost To You From B&H Photo

B&H Photo VideoB&H Photo Video COLOR FILMS, DEVELOPERS, DARKROOM GEAR

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art Harrison Film Changing Tent https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-14-harrison-jumbo-film-changing-tent Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:55:37 GMT
Large & Ultra Format Film Negative Size Comparison & Why I Choose 14x17 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/large-ultra-format-film-negative-size-comparison large format film size negative comparison by Tim Laytonlarge format film size negative comparison by Tim Layton I was working on a new project for my new Chamonix 14x17 ultra large format camera and I was trying to explain how much larger this negative was over a 4x5 negative. 

So, I created this graphic to help with my discussion and realized that it would be a good reference for many other photographers as well. 

Look at the tiny red box in the lower left corner representing 35mm negatives.  While we know large format is indeed much larger than roll film, this illustration really helps drive the realities of this home even more.

If you are on Facebook and want to join us in the Ultra Large Format Photograph Group, I would be happy to welcome you to the group.

WHY I CHOOSE 14x17 

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube I decided to go with 14x17 for a number of reasons over other formats.  I already have 4x5, 5x7, and 4x10 backs for my Chamonix 8x10 camera, so all of the smaller formats are covered.  

I have been using and B&J 11x14 since 2010 and it was time to either update this camera or try another format. 

I did own a Chamonix 11x14 for a couple years and loved the camera, so the decision was really between 14x17 or 16x20 for me. 

At least at this time, I don't have an appetite for 20x24 because I like to do a lot of Pictorialist style soft focus work with the bigger formats and the lens selection is pretty narrow and the costs and workflow is exponentially more complex in many cases.  It is technically possible to either make a single element meniscus lens that will cover 20x24 or purchase a TT Signature Pictorialist lens that will cover, so this wasn't the deciding factor for me. 

I work a lot in the field alone and trying to manage 20x24 by yourself is typically not a great idea.  I traveled around the country with my 11x14, so I feel comfortable doing the same with the new 14x17.  I think it is possible to work with 20x24 alone, I just don't have a use case or the appetite for that at this point in time.  

14x17 Chamonix Ultra Large Format View Camera14x17 Chamonix Ultra Large Format View Camera For my needs, I felt the 14x17 format was exactly what I am looking for at this time. 

I have plenty of lenses that cover this format already and the contact print size when mounted with a 4 inch window mat is 22"x25" making it unique and also substantially larger than the traditional 11x14 format.

Since I make artwork that is intended to be sold to art buyers and collectors, I try and do the small things that set me apart from others.  

The aspect ratio is also fairly close to 8x10 (1:1.21 vs. 1:1.25) and this matters to me because I can easily make 8x10 copy negatives without altering my original composition very much. This opens up the possibility of making very large 40"x60" silver gelatin fine art gallery prints from the 8x10 negatives if desired or needed.  

The main reason I went after 14x17 at this time was because of the contact prints.  I am working on a brand new project where I am making my own orthochromatic film and paper negatives for the 14x17 camera and also making my own silver chloride AZO handmade paper, making this a pure handmade analog workflow from beginning to end. I use film when I want sharper definition and paper when I want a more idealistic rendering.  The silver chloride contact print from either negative renders something to behold and cherish.  

Not every project will require handmade film and paper, so that is why I will keep several boxes of Ilford 14x17 FP4 and HP5 in the freezer.  Ilford has their annual ULF film ordering program every summer, so it should be reasonable to have plenty of film on hand. 

I plan to make classic fiber silver gelatin contact prints using FP4 or HP5 negatives and standard papers like Ilford MGIV and others.  I have done all of this for years on my 8x10 and now I simply scale things up to the 14x17 format.

I have been making platinum contact prints with my 8x10 for a long time and having the option to make the bigger 14x17 platinum prints from my original film negatives will also be a great option in the future as well. 

Much more on all of this in the future.

-Tim Layton


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(Tim Layton Fine Art) Contact Prints film Ilford large format Silver Chloride Silver Gelatin Ultra Large Format https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/large-ultra-format-film-negative-size-comparison Sun, 25 Jul 2021 16:24:45 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 13 (Large Format Contact Printing With Heiland LED Cold Light System) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-13-large-format-contact-printing-with-heiland-led Darkroom Diary Episode 13 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 13 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In episode 13, Tim shares how he plans to use the Heiland LED Cold Light Split-Grade System to make Large Format silver chloride and silver gelatin contact prints.

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What Are Members Saying About The Darkroom Underground?

There is no shortage of people providing information on photography on YouTube and the internet.   Some  are even aimed at the analog photographer, but what Tim has done with the Darkroom Underground (DU) is nothing short of pure brilliance.  DU is not only for the analog photographer it is also for the Large Format &  Ultra Large Format Photographer.  I don’t know of anyone else who is covering ULF.

He has simplified learning with wonderful videos that are supplemented with show notes so you have all the information for you to do this on your own. But unlike anything else out there you have Tim as a resource, too. He has always been easily available for questions or clarification and he welcomes suggestions for future shows.

If you are serious about learning all aspects of analog and LF/ULF this is the place to be. -Michael Wellman


"Tim Layton is providing very useful information for all those who are interested in analog photography and large format cameras. He covers in a very detailed and entertaining way the different aspects of this field. He always takes the time to explain the details and share all his know-how. Nothing is hidden or secret. Everything is on the table. 

The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom Darkroom Underground Wild Horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-13-large-format-contact-printing-with-heiland-led Fri, 23 Jul 2021 23:00:00 GMT
How I Plan To Use The Heiland LED Cold Light System To Make My Large Format Contact Prints https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/how-i-use-the-heiland-led-cold-light-system-to-make-my-large-format-contact-prints As I was building out the new darkroom, I was just about to set up an overhead light source hanging over the workbench for making my large format and ultra large format contact prints.  Then, I saw a post by Stéfane France in the Heiland Split-Grade System Users Group and a light went off in my mind.

Heiland LED Split-Grade LED for Making Large Format Contact Prints.Heiland LED Split-Grade LED for Making Large Format Contact Prints. Stéfane France and I have become friends recently and he had invited me to the group a couple weeks ago.  I was scrolling through the posts in the group and then I saw this post by Stéfane.  

As noted in his post, if you select the fixed grade paper type on the Heiland Split-Grade controller, you can use the LED cold light head as a continuous light source that is also controlled by the integrated timer!

After the initial discovery was circulating through my mind for a little while, I then realized another huge benefit of using this approach for making my large format contact prints. 

Having the ability to control the intensity of the light with the aperture on the lens is also a huge benefit over using a bare bulb hanging over the bench.  In all fairness, I used a dimmer switch on my previous bare bulb system, and that was effective too.  

All of this is a big win for me because I already own the Heiland LED cold light system with the Split-Grade controller, so there is no extra expense involved.  Also, it saves me valuable space on my workbench because I don't need to setup another are exclusive to large format contact printing.  

You will see all of this in action in our new darkroom as we begin to make new large format contact prints and huge silver gelatin enlargements up to 40 inches x 60 inches.  All of this can be enjoyed via our new YouTube Channel

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I use my enlarger to make large format silver gelatin contact prints all the time. 

I love to make silver chloride large format contact prints which requires much more light than the typical enlarger is capable of producing. Also my homemade DIY AZO emulsion is very slow and requires a lot of light.  Using a regular enlarger light source is not possible with slower contact printing emulsions, so being able to use the Heiland LED cold light in this way is a big deal for me because I save a lot of time, space, and effort because I don't need an entirely different system for making these types of large format contact prints.    

Heiland LED Cold Light on New Beseler 45V-XL EnlargerHeiland LED Cold Light on New Beseler 45V-XL Enlarger The Heiland LED system in the white light focusing mode is extremely bright and this is how it is possible to use very slow emulsions for making the contact prints.  My traditional enlarger light sources simply don't have enough power.  All of my enlargers are now equipped with the Heiland LED Cold Light Split-Grade systems, so this is a big deal for me.  

However, there is one challenge with this setup if I want to make traditional silver gelatin contact prints with papers like Ilford MGIV, etc.  They need much less light than the silver chloride contact printing papers, so I need a way to reduce it. 

For now, the Heiland Split-Grade controller does not offer a variable way to reduce the white focus light, but I have sent this suggestion to Heiland for a possible firmware update. I got an email from Heiland and they are working on a software update where I will be able to control the intensity of the light when I have the Splitgrade controller in Fixed Grade Mode (white light).  This is really amazing if you think about it.  Companies like Heiland are rare.  Their level of intelligence goes beyond my understanding, and I just grateful that we have companies like Heiland that are willing to use their intelligence for helping analog photographers. 

In the meantime while the software update is being developed, I have a few things that I can do to reduce the strong white light. 

First, I can elevate the light source to help reduce the intensity.  If that doesn't do it, then I could also stop down the aperture on the enlarger lens.  If that doesn't reduce the light, then I could also put some Variable ND filters on my enlarger lens.  I have a high end 1 to 5 stop variable ND filter and a 10 stop filter which I will try and get an adapter ring to use on the enlarger lens if the other two methods don't reduce the light enough.

Heiland Splitgrade ControllerHeiland Splitgrade Controller All in all, this is a big win for me for the reasons above and I am really excited to discover additional use cases for the Heiland LED system as well.  I already have a few more ideas that I am going to explore. 

If you have ever considered purchasing a Heiland LED cold light system, but haven't because of the price, I can assure you that if you are truly a darkroom printer, that pain of the expense will quickly fade because this gear is incredible to work with.  I also have the Splitgrade and Comfort controllers as well as the B&W LED Safelights.    

As things continue to progress with the new darkroom build project, I will be making lots of videos of all the various darkroom methods that Tim Jr and I use to make our prints. You can see my 8x10 and 4x5 enlargers with the Heiland Cold Light system here

As I test all of this out, I will come back and write new articles and make some videos showing you how it all works. 

In episode 13 of my Darkroom Diary, I cover all of this information in the video.


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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography Contact Print Heiland large format photography photography https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/how-i-use-the-heiland-led-cold-light-system-to-make-my-large-format-contact-prints Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:59:42 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 12 (Laser Alignment of The Beseler 45V-XL Large Format Enlarger) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-12 Darkroom Diary Episode 12 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 12 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 12 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim explains how to laser align the Beseler 45V-XL large format enlarger using the Versalab Parallel tool. 

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-12 Wed, 21 Jul 2021 11:34:19 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 11 (How To Install & Set Up a New Beseler 45V-XL Large Format Enlarger) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-11 Darkroom Diary Episode 11 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 11 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 11 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim and Tim Jr share step-by-step instructions on how to setup and install a new Beseler 45V-XL large format enlarger.  

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-11 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 07:21:55 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 10 (Darkroom Build Projects Update) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-10 Darkroom Diary Episode 10 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 10 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 10 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, I share updates on two key projects include a new bin storage system for our large 40"x60" mat boards and a shelving system that we just built.  We also do an unboxing of our new Beseler 45V-XL large format enlarger.

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KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/darkroom-diary-episode-10 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 10:22:12 GMT
Beginners Guide To Buying a Large Format Camera https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/5-key-considerations-before-buying-a-large-format-camera Beginners Guide To Buying a Large Format Camera by Tim LaytonBeginners Guide To Buying a Large Format Camera by Tim Layton I have seen many photographers want to get into large format, but the unknown can be a major stumbling block. 

In this article today, I share several key questions and considerations that every photographer should consider and think about before buying a large format system. 

Large format photography is unlike any other type of photography in my opinion.  One of the things that I like the best about large format is that you have endless opportunities to explore, grow, and evolve through many different chapters of your photography career.  With this versatility, also comes a lot of choices and options that can be paralyzing to a newcomer.  

In this article today, I share the basics of what I think you should be considering before you pull out your wallet and make a purchase.  

If you are an experienced large format photographer and can think of something important that I didn't include in this article, please scroll down to the bottom and share your comments.

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KEY QUESTIONS/CONSIDERATIONS

Large Format Photography Tips by Tim LaytonLarge Format Photography Tips by Tim Layton Before we dive into my list of questions and considerations, I will share a few thoughts that may save you some money and time. 

Before buying or getting another large format camera, have you thought about connecting with a friend or someone that has the camera you are considering?  There is nothing better than trying things out for yourself.  

Are you sure you really need or want this new camera?  What is missing in your current gear?  What will this new large format camera actually help you accomplish that you can't do now? 

I have a growing list of over 45 large format tips aimed at beginners and professionals alike that you can review.

Assuming you are still determined to buy a new large format camera, I would suggest asking yourself the following questions to make sure you produce a proper requirements list. 

1 - Format

Join Tim Layton on YouTubeJoin Tim Layton on YouTube What format do you want or need?  4x5 is the most common and practical of all large format cameras today with readily available film and accessories.

Film prices are reasonable for 4x5 compared to bigger formats and you have the widest range of film choices in 4x5 too.   

If you are new to large format, 4x5 is the right way to go.  Don't even think about starting out with 8x10, even if you would like to be like Ansel or Weston one day.  It is just too expensive and complex as a starting point. I know a few people who have ignored this recommendation, and every one of them regretted not listening to this advice. 

2 - Size Requirements

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What do you plan on doing with your large format camera?  Will you be hiking and working in the field frequently?  Will you be working exclusively in the studio? 

Make sure you are clear about your use cases because the difference in size and weight of large format cameras vary significantly.  For example, my 4x5 Chamonix weighs in at about 3.5 lbs and is very compact.  My Linhof Super Technika weighs about 3X of my Chamonix and is basically a brick compared to the Chamonix.  If I am hiking for long distances, the smaller and lighter Chamonix is my pick.  If I want/need the rangefinder function of the Linhof, then it is a clear winner in spite of its weight and size.

You will likely find that any camera has advantages and disadvantages.  You just need to find one that meets your needs and you can manage and accept the disadvantages. 

3 - Bellows

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Make sure you are very clear about how much bellows draw you will need for your new camera.  This works in both directions, minimum and maximum.  For example, if you want to use a long 450mm lens on your 4x5, then you will need a camera that has enough bellows draw.  Also, if you want to use a super wide 47mm lens, then you need to make sure your camera bellows minimum draw will support that as well.  As a side note, there are some helper solutions if you are close such as recessed lens boards or top hot boards for a little more extension.  

Do you plan on doing closeup or macro work?  You will need 2X your focal length of bellows draw for 1:1 work or possibly 3X or more if you want more magnification.  A standard lens typically makes for a great macro lens with large format. 

4 - Movements

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What type of movements do you really need for your style of photography?  Your requirements will likely influence your style of large format camera (e.g., field camera, press camera, monorail, etc.).  You will always get rise, fall, and shift with any large format camera, you just need to be clear on what you want or need for your style.

Architectural photographers will have much different requirements than a portrait photographer for example. If you are not sure about the type of movements you need for your style of photography, ask an experienced large format photographer for their input and guidance.  

5 - Lenses

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The topic of large format lenses and shutters is full of rabbit holes for you to explore.  If you are just starting out I have a very clear recommendation that you will thank me for later. 

Particularly if you are new to large format, get a standard lens and use it for a while and figure out if you need something wider or longer based on your style of photography. 

Get a modern lens mounted in a good quality Copal shutter and if you want to explore vintage glass in the future, that will be fun, just not a variable that is advisable if you are new to large format. 

There will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy vintage large format lenses, it just isn't the right place to start because you are managing a lot of variables just getting the basics figured out and under control. 

6 - Lens Boards

Make sure you stick with a standard lens board like a Linhof style for your first large format camera.  Some of the older cameras use a proprietary lens board and that will be a stumbling block that you really don't need when you are just getting started. Many places will list the lens board size by the size of the shutter.  For example, Copal 0, 1, or 3 or you may see references such as 35, 42 or 65 mount on websites like KEH.  Bottom line is that you need to make sure you have the right lens board for the lens you want to mount and use. 

7 - Film Holders

8x10 Large Format Film Holders8x10 Large Format Film Holders There are a variety of good used 4x5 film holders available on eBay, but you need to keep a few things in mind.  A good place to start is to get 5 or 6 holders.  This will give you 10 to 12 exposures and this is more than enough for a day's work in large format. If you can get the new Fidelity Elite style holders, then you should be in good shape.  Avoid the older wooden holders for now.  Also, don't assume your new holders are light safe.  I always suggest cutting some enlarging paper and put it in your holders.  Go out and set your light meter to ISO 12 and expose a sheet in each of your holders.  Come back and develop the paper negative in your favorite paper developer (e.g,. Dektol, Ilford Multigrade, etc.) and verify your holders are in fact light safe.  You will thank me for this tip one day. 

8 - Required Accessories 

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While there are a lot of nice to have gadgets and accessories for large format, you really only need a few things to get started.

Loupe - You will need a way to magnify the image on your ground glass. You will either need a focusing loupe or you can even get by with "cheater" glasses.  I keep a pair of 3X glasses in my large format kit.  

Dark Cloth - you will need a way to shield light and allow you to see the image on your ground glass.  You can buy a commercial dark cloth or use a DIY solution like an old hoodie sweatshirt or some window light blocking material. 

Cable release - you need to be able to trip your shutter, so don't forget to get a shutter release cable. 

Tripod - you will need a sturdy tripod for your large format camera.  I always recommend the biggest and heaviest one that you can tolerate. 

Light Meter - Any modern light meter or even a digital camera will serve as a light meter. 

Spanner Wrench - you may need to tighten your lens to your lens board or change it in the future, so having a spanner wrench is a really good idea. 

Film Changing Bag/Tent - you will need a light safe solution for loading and changing your film.  

Level - if your camera does not have an integrated level, then pick up some small/cheap levels and find one that works for you.  It isn't always easy ensuring your camera is level on one plane, must less two. 

Other options like backpacks, lens and film holder bags/cases, and filters will all likely come into play at some point in the future.

Conclusion 

I hope that I have helped you start thinking about your requirements before buying a large format camera.  If you have any specific questions, please scroll down and enter your question in the comment field at the bottom of this article. 


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I Need Your Help With My New YouTube Channel https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/i-need-your-help-with-my-new-youtube-channel Tim Layton With Silver Gelatin Large Format PrintTim Layton With Silver Gelatin Large Format Print I don't ask for help too often, so I hope you can help me get the new YouTube Channel up to 1,000 subscribers so I can begin doing live broadcasts from the new darkroom! 

Just go to my channel and subscribe and then start enjoying new and unique analog photography videos. 

In the new darkroom, I will be able to do so much more than I could in the off-grid space.  We are getting very close to having the new darkroom ready, so we are getting excited to start making prints again. 

We will be making our big 30"x40" and 40"x50" large format silver gelatin prints in much more comfort in the new darkroom and I plan to also expand on the size of our platinum and palladium prints too. 

On the new YouTube channel, I will be bringing you inside the new darkroom and sharing every aspect of our projects and also doing a lot of helpful tutorials to help you with your photography too.  

I am really excited about doing the live broadcasts, so if you could help me by subscribing, know that I appreciate you and I will reward you with some great content that you won't see anywhere else on YouTube. 

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I Use This Brush For Coating My Platinum & Palladium Fine Art Prints https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/7/i-use-this-brush-for-coating-my-platinum-palladium-fine-art-prints Platinum & Palladium Printing by Tim LaytonPlatinum & Palladium Printing by Tim Layton I am frequently asked how I hand coat my platinum and palladium fine art prints, so in this article today I share the exact brushes that I use and I also provide some insight on why I use them and some helpful tips to assist you in making beautiful platinum and palladium prints. 

First, I will get right to the point and share the brushes that I use and then I will share how I arrived at this decision. 

I use the Jack Richeson 9010 Flat Series Synthetic Short Handle Flat Watercolor Brushes.  They come in sizes from 1/8 inch up to 4 inches.  Here is the link to the manufacturer website in case you want to check them out and possibly buy one for coating your platinum and palladium prints. 

These brushes are made very full with the ability to carry a great deal of liquid, yet still not flood out all over your paper. These brushes come to a razor edge for fine lines which works out great for coating platinum and palladium sensitizer. 

As you probably already know, the chemicals for platinum and palladium are not cheap and messing up on your coating would get out of hand very quickly. 

As you can see in the video below, I hand coated a sheet of paper using the 1 1/2 inch version of the Jack Richeson 9010 brush.  I like to use the 1 1/2 or 2 inch brushes for my 8x10 and 11x14 prints and the 3 or even 4 inch for my 16x20 and 20x24 platinum and palladium prints. 

The 1 1/2 inch brush that you see in this video below is at least 4 to 5 years old, so you know they last a long time.  

Wild Horses of Missouri Platinum Print "Heavy Burden" by Tim Layton

In terms of technique, you can see in this video that I quickly pour and release the platinum and palladium sensitizer in the middle of the paper and then work my way out to all four sides while alternating vertical and horizontal brush strokes.  

I work quickly, but also very gently, just gliding the tip of the brush over the surface of the paper. 

It is important to work quickly because depending on the paper used, the sensitizer can soak into the fibers of the paper.  

There is also another little tip that can make a big difference with your coatings as well.  I always dip my brush tip into a glass jar of distilled water and then using a lint free towel, slightly work the brush tips back and forth to get most of the water off the brush, while still keeping it moist.  This small little technique goes a long way to getting a great coating on your paper.

In my comprehensive Platinum & Palladium Quick Start Guide, I provide step-by-step instructions on everything you need to know in order to make beautiful platinum and palladium fine art prints. You get immediate access to the guidebook and videos, so you can get started making prints immediately. 

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I tried a lot of different methods over the years for coating my platinum and palladium sensitizer ranging from a glass coating rod to foam brushes, and even a foam roller.  For me, nothing comes close to the quality of coating that I can get with the Jack Richeson 9010 brushes.

If you are already making platinum and palladium prints, please share your preferred coating method and tools below and if you are new and just starting out, I really think these Jack Richeson 9010 brushes will serve you well.

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Darkroom Diary Episode 9 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/darkroom-diary-episode-9 Darkroom Diary Episode 9 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 9 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 9 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, I finally got air conditioning installed in the darkroom!!! I share our plans for the next set of updates.  
 

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Topaz Mill - Dry Plate Diary June 27, 2021 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/topaz-mill-dry-plate-diary-june-27-2021 Topaz Mill 6-27-2021Topaz Mill 6-27-2021 As part of a scouting trip this weekend, I visited Topaz Mill so I would know what to expect when I return with my 1889 Eastman Dry Plate 5x7 large format view camera.

Much to my surprise the owner's of Topaz Mill came out and greeted us and took time out of their day to show us around.  It was a wonderful time and I can't wait to return with my dry plate camera.

The first mill at this location was built in 1840 and the current mill was built in 1895.  

Topaz Mill is an impressive three stories tall and it is in amazing condition for its age.  

Topaz Mill is now privately owned by the O'Neal family and is located in a peaceful river valley that is sure to lower your blood pressure and put a smile on your face. 

The O'Neal's are friendly people that love to share the history of Topaz Mill with interested parties.  Mr. O'Neal has a lot of knowledge about the mill and the inner workings of the systems and machines.

I spent a couple hours with the O'Neals and they were gracious hosts that made us feel right at home. 

Topaz Mill 6-27-2021Topaz Mill 6-27-2021 In its prime, the mill was part of a larger set of resources for locals to include a general store, cannery, blacksmith, post office, and even a barber shop. 

The general store is right next to the mill and these two historic buildings are all that is left of the once-thriving village of Topaz located in Douglas County just south of Cabool, Missouri. 

The mill is powered by a spring that creates 10 million gallons of spring water every day.  Mr. O'Neal still grinds corn and makes cornmeal from time to time for visitors.  The day I visited, he had just made some cornmeal for visitors earlier in the week.

The mill is in excellent condition for its age and is very unique because most all of the original machines and equipment are still inside the mill.  A copy of the original paperwork and sales records for all of the equipment are on display inside the mill.  

Topaz Mill 6-27-2021Topaz Mill 6-27-2021 This mill is powered by a turbine which is different than most visitors expect.  I think people expect to see a large paddle wheel.  There was a large wheel for display purposes at one point, but it has been gone for over 20 years now.  

At its peak, Topaz Mill could produce up to 40 barrels of flour per day, weighing almost 100 pounds each.  The mill ceased operations in the 1930's, but the general store located next door continued to operate into the 1940's. 

The owners have a Facebook Page that you can visit and learn more information about this amazing and wonderful piece of American history. 


1880's STYLE SILVER GELATIN GLASS PLATE NEGATIVES

1889 Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co. 5x7 View Camera with Dallmeyer No. 2 Stigmatic Series II F6 Lens1889 Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co. 5x7 View Camera with Dallmeyer No. 2 Stigmatic Series II F6 Lens Based on the history of the mill, I am excited to return and photograph this historic 1895 mill using handmade silver gelatin dry plate glass negatives loaded in my 1889 Eastman Dry Plate 5x7 large format camera. 

The AZO handmade contact prints that I create with the dry plates represent what they would have looked like back when the mill was built in the 1890's.  

The handmade silver gelatin dry plates are developed in the darkroom under red safelight and then contact printed in the darkroom on some handmade AZO silver chloride paper.  

I make the silver gelatin emulsions in the lab for the glass plate negatives and for the photographic paper and then hand coat them just like it was done in the 1880's and 1890's.    

The handmade silver gelatin dry plates are remnants of an era gone by, just like the grist mills and I think this is why this medium is the perfect choice to tell the story of this amazing mill. 

The look and feel of a silver gelatin dry plate and a handmade AZO silver chloride contact print cannot be duplicated with modern day digital cameras because the silver gelatin emulsion is a chemical-based process that responds to light much differently than modern digital cameras.  All of the imperfections of the handmade process are part of the history and story of an era gone by.

If you would like an archival pigment ink reproduction print made from my original Topaz Mill glass plate silver gelatin negatives, contact me and I would be delighted to create one for you.


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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography black and white darkroom Dry Plate fine art Silver Gelatin Emulsion https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/topaz-mill-dry-plate-diary-june-27-2021 Sun, 27 Jun 2021 22:47:04 GMT
Why Following Your Heart as a Photographer Will Lead You To Your Ultimate Success https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/following-your-heart-as-a-photographer-will-lead-to-your-ultimate-success Tim Layton With Silver Gelatin Large Format PrintTim Layton With Silver Gelatin Large Format Print If you have been following me for very long, then you know that I tragically lost my daughter Abigail on April 15th of this year. 

As I continue to grieve and work through all of these range of feelings and emotions, sometimes I get a very strong feeling that I feel like I need to share because I want to be able to help as many people as I possibly can while I can.  

One of the things that Abby taught me was the importance of following your heart because we truly don't know how long we have before we won't be here any longer.

The morning of April 15th probably seemed like any other day to Abby as she went to school and there was no way to know that she would never make it home that day.  This is how fast life can be taken away from anyone, and when we least expect it.  

If you have been following me for very long, then you already know that I have been crazy passionate about flowers, and especially wildflowers for as long as I can remember. Abby loved flowers too.  

Tim Layton Silver Gelatin Fine Art PrintTim Layton Silver Gelatin Fine Art Print For many years, I invested a lot of time with my 8x10 large format view camera photographing all kinds of flowers and making very large handmade silver gelatin fine art photographs like the ones you see in this article. 

In fact, one of the core reasons that Tim Jr. and I bought the remote land in the Ozarks and built our small cabins and darkroom off the grid back in 2015 was because I had such a strong calling to be immersed in nature and have the time and opportunity to deeply focus on making world class large format silver gelatin botanical prints. 

Tim Jr and I went on and built a greenhouse the next year and then focused the next two years on photographing flowers that we grew on our land and in the greenhouse. 

In the age of all things digital, that probably sounded like a crazy idea to many people.  I can't tell you the number of times that I doubted myself and questioned if I was just wasting my time.

I had world-renowned artists and photographers candidly tell me that my work was beautiful, but it had a limited market.

I ultimately let the pressures of the world get the best of me and derail me from my original passion and vision.  

I share my story with you because I hope that I can help inspire you to stay true to your vision and continue to follow it to the end, even in the face of failure and lack of financial success. 

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Because of financial pressure and the negative voices in my head that my work would never be successful, I started to build my analog photography video workshops, in an effort to pay the bills and allow me to keep working as a photographer.

The workshops and guidebooks have been wildly successful and for that along with the many friendships I created along the way, I am very grateful. 

During this time of deep reflection and soul searching, I realized that I got off track from my original vision and mission and it is time to get things back in order again. 

As a creative person, it is so easy to get distracted or chase the next project.  It is easy to listen to the negative feedback, especially when it comes from very successful people. 

I have made the mistake of caving into the negativity, but I am here to tell you that you don't have to make the same mistakes that I have made and even if you have allowed something to derail you, I am here to tell you that you can get back on track.  

I write this article today realizing that I need to get back to my original plans and follow my heart.  

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I have no idea if my large format botanical fine art prints will sell.  I have no idea if people will appreciate or value them and I have no idea if anyone even cares about any of this. 

But I do know that I need to keep creating my large format botanical prints because it is what I am supposed to be doing.  

We are launching a brand new YouTube channel where I will be bringing you inside our new darkroom and sharing our projects and creating new tutorials for you. If you could help support us by subscribing today, this will allow us to start doing live broadcasts when we get to 1,000 subscribers.   

I realized something very important and I want to share it with you. 

I know that I need to keep creating my large format silver gelatin botanical prints, even if it means that I need to make a living doing something else.

Nothing is permanent, and even if that happens, it doesn't mean it is forever.  

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We all dream about being successful at doing what we love, and that would be wonderful if that does in fact occur. 

However, I have realized that I need to stay the course and continue to create what I love the most and possibly, if I am fortunate enough one day, art buyers and collectors will appreciate and value my work so I can continue to create. 

Even if that never happens, I am committed to my vision and this is the entire point of my message to you today. 

Stay the course and follow your dreams as a creative person no matter what the current results might be. 

Even if I am never financially successful with my large format silver gelatin botanical prints, I still consider myself fortunate and successful because I was able to do the work that brought joy to my heart and inspired me to continue working. 

Following your heart and knowing that you are doing what you were called to do is the ultimate success. 

My Winter Tulips 2013 was the first large format botanical project that I took seriously and I continue to enjoy making these silver gelatin prints to this day.

Scroll down to the comments section and share your thoughts with me. 

-Tim Layton 

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Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography black and white botanical large format https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/following-your-heart-as-a-photographer-will-lead-to-your-ultimate-success Fri, 25 Jun 2021 03:28:27 GMT
Hodgson Mill - Dry Plate Diary June 05, 2021 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/hodgson-mill-darkroom-diary-june-05-2021 Hodgson Mill 6-5-21 by Tim LaytonHodgson Mill 6-5-21 by Tim Layton Hodgson Mill is located 17 miles northeast of Gainesville Missouri on Hwy. 181 in the Sycamore area. It is advertised as the most photographed mill in Missouri.

Grist and timber mills, which once flourished, are remnants of a bygone era. They stand as testimony to the culture and communities of rural America. These mills harnessed the power of water, particularly natural springs, to grind grain and cut timber in small communities throughout the United States.

The first mill on the site on Bryant Creek was built by William Holeman in 1861. Alva Hodgson bought the mill in 1884. The original burned and Hodgson built a new one in 1894 and, in 1898, his brother George Hodgson became operator and part owner of the mill. After a grocery store that stood near the mill burned in the “50’s”, Charles T. Aid purchased the mill and it became know as the Aid-Hodgson Mill, remaining in production until 1977.

Hodgson Mill 6-5-21 by Tim LaytonHodgson Mill 6-5-21 by Tim Layton The mill was built over a spring that is reported to produce 3,000,000 gallons of water a day. This water stays a constant 58 degrees year round.

Before rural electrification (REA) came along, generators were powered by the spring, giving them power to run a cotton gin, sawmill and overall factory. Word has it that this is where the “Big Smith” overall originated.

Though the mill no longer grinds grain, it still houses the old milling machinery. (The nationally distributed line of stone-ground bakery products bearing the Hodgson name is now produced at a modern mill in nearby Gainesville.) Standing nearby is an old round gas pump, its glass top now clouded and stained.

Issuing from the bluff under the mill building, the spring is still picturesque. It nourishes native ferns and mosses clinging to crevices in the sheer rock wall. Some of the water is diverted to the mill pond, where watercress and other marine plants thrive. Inside the mill building, an opening to a cave in the face of the bluff provides natural air conditioning.

A modern day facility in nearby Gainesville, MO is still producing and distributing the all natural stone ground flours of the past under the Hodgson Mill name.


1880's STYLE SILVER GELATIN DRY PLATES

Based on the history of the mill, I decided to photograph the mill using handmade silver gelatin dry plate glass negatives in my 4x5 large format camera that are from the same late 19th century period when the mill was first built.  The plates are developed in the darkroom under red safelight and then they can either be printed in the darkroom or a digital scan can be done to make a wide range of contemporary type prints. 

The handmade silver gelatin dry plates are remnants of an era gone by, just like the grist mills and I think this is why this medium is the perfect choice to tell the story of this amazing mill.  The look and feel of a silver gelatin dry plate cannot be duplicated with modern day digital cameras because the silver gelatin emulsion is a chemical-based process that responds to light much differently than digital cameras.  

If you would like a an archival pigment ink print of Hodgson Mill, contact me and I would be delighted to create one for you. Print Cost: 8x10 $49, 11x14 $99 16x20 $199 
 

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HODGSON MILL PHOTOGRAPHS

Hodgson Mill is a beautiful and peaceful place that the entire family can enjoy.  Don't forget there are some nice hiking trails and you can also go inside the mill and take a tour during the spring through fall seasons. Inside the mill is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

If you visit the spring and mill, be sure to post your pics on the Explore The Ozarks Facebook group.

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Join me and photographers from around the world in the Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community and learn more about how to make and use silver gelatin emulsions.  

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KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography black and white darkroom Dry Plate fine art Silver Gelatin Emulsion https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/hodgson-mill-darkroom-diary-june-05-2021 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:58:20 GMT
New One on One Analog Photography Workshops Available With Tim Layton https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/new-one-on-one-analog-photography-workshops-available-with-tim-layton Tim Layton With 8x10 Large Format CameraTim Layton With 8x10 Large Format Camera One of the things that people asked me about many times over the years is if I would be willing to do some in person workshops.

I listened to everyone and I am now offering one on one workshops focused on whatever area that you want (e.g., large format, platinum/palladium, silver gelatin, emulsion making, etc).

You effectively have my undivided attention for the full 8 hours and we can go as deep as you want.

When I say you have my undivided attention, I literally mean that. No phones or interruptions of any kind.

Contact me if you want to schedule a date and time.

The fee for the day is $1475.00 USD and we will meet at my new darkroom in West Plains, Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks.

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

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KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

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Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

 

 

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art large format photography https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/new-one-on-one-analog-photography-workshops-available-with-tim-layton Sat, 05 Jun 2021 00:38:54 GMT
Silver Gelatin Dry Plate Storage Tips For Long-Term Preservation https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/silver-gelatin-dry-plate-storage-tips-for-long-term-preservation Silver Gelatin Dry Plate Storage Tips For Long-Term Preservation by Tim LaytonSilver Gelatin Dry Plate Storage Tips For Long-Term Preservation by Tim Layton In this article, I share some tips and ideas of how to store silver gelatin dry plates for long-term preservation.

If you investing the time in creating and using silver gelatin dry plates, then it only makes sense to take some common sense steps to help protect them.  

If you are a professional preservation specialist and can think of additional tips, please comment below and I will update this article.  

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SILVER GELATIN DRY PLATE STORAGE TIPS

Large Format Silver Gelatin Dryplate Photography by Tim LaytonLarge Format Silver Gelatin Dryplate Photography by Tim LaytonReceive my Darkroom Diary updates every Saturday at 9AM CT where I share my insider tips and tutorials with film and darkroom photographers. Get sneak peeks inside my darkroom and studio and early access to to my latest fine art prints. [Hint: I give away free fine art prints to my Darkroom Diary readers, so don't miss out.]

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Tip # 1: I have been informed by curators and museum personnel to store silver gelatin glass plates in a four-flap buffered enclosure with the emulsion side facing up.

The flap enclosure helps prevent damage to the negatives that would occur from pulling them out of and placing inside of a sleeve type enclosure. 

Tip # 2: Dry plates should be stored vertically and on the long side and not touching each other.  An acid-free separator is ideal.  

Tip # 3: Use acid and lignin-free storage boxes and keep away from UV light. 

Tip # 4: Label the exterior of the box noting the sensitive nature of the plates "Caution: Contains Glass Negatives" or something along these lines.

Tip # 5: Try and store the plates in an environment around 65F and between 30% to 40% relative humidity. If the relative humidity frequently dips below 30%, the image bind of the glass plate will dehydrate and if above 40%, the glass will begin hydrating.  You should also avoid big swings in temperatures and humidity levels.

Join me and photographers from around the world in the Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community and learn more about how to make and use silver gelatin emulsions.  

Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community Hosted by Tim Layton - www.timlaytonfineart.com/emulsionHandmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community Hosted by Tim Layton - www.timlaytonfineart.com/emulsion

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) Dry Plates Glass Negatives Silver Gelatin https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/6/silver-gelatin-dry-plate-storage-tips-for-long-term-preservation Wed, 02 Jun 2021 14:30:00 GMT
Silver Gelatin Dry Plate Developer Formulas Kodak D-49 & D-19 & Bonus Tips and Info https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/silver-gelatin-dry-plate-developer-formulas-kodak-d-49-d-19 Silver Gelatin Dry Plate Developer Formulas Kodak D-49 & D-19 by Tim LaytonSilver Gelatin Dry Plate Developer Formulas Kodak D-49 & D-19 by Tim Layton If you are using commercial dry plates, then you most likely using Kodak HC-110 as the recommended developer. 

While HC-110 can do the job, I wanted to share a couple of DIY self-mixed developer formulas that allow you to have more creative controls, especially if you are making your own handmade silver gelatin emulsions.

Even if you are getting good results with HC-110, it is a lot cheaper to mix your own developer, plus you get the satisfaction of being able to take back more control of your technical and creative process.   

Join me and photographers from around the world in the Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community and learn more about how to make and use silver gelatin emulsions.  

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COMMERCIAL DEVELOPERS

While you can use just about any modern print developers like Kodak Dektol or even mix D-72 for processing dry plates coated with emulsions, there are a few notes that I think are worth mentioning that may help you. 

A good place to start is using Dektol or D-72 diluted 1:1 in lower light and even overcast lighting conditions.

Based on your plates highlight density, you can further dilute to 1:2 or even 1:3 as needed.

I have included the formula for D-72 paper developer directly below in case you want to use that versus buying Kodak Dektol. 

D-72 Standard Paper Developer Formula

Formula to prepare 1 liter of the stock developer

Distilled water - 500ml
Metol - 3g
Sodium Sulfite - 45g
Hydroquinone - 12g
Sodium Carbonate - 80g (monohydrate)
Potassium Bromide - 2g
Add water to make 1 liter

D -72 is very similar to Dektol and can be used in the same way.  This is my most frequently used paper developer for silver gelatin prints and I also use it for plates too. 

The standard dilution is 1:2 or 1:3 at 20C for paper and dilute as directed for dry plates as discussed above this formula. 

NOTE: sodium carbonate can be purchased as anhydrous or monohydrate.

Anhydrous vs. Monohydrate

Anhydrous

A chemical is said to be anhydrous, when it doesn’t contain any water. 

Monohydrate

Monohydrate contains one water molecule per formula unit. Usually, the number of water molecules a substance molecule has is written as “chemical formula. n H2O”. n gives the number of water molecules and, if the compound is monohydrated, n is one.

For fiber papers, I like to develop for 2 to 3 minutes and for RC papers, one minute.

For dry plates, start with the expectation of around 4 to 6 minutes of development, but watch the highlight densities and shadow values as you are developing each plate under safelight. 

MQ DRY PLATE DEVELOPERS

Kodak D-49 is a really nice choice for developing silver gelatin dry plates too.  Originally D-49 was formulated for bromide prints, but it turns out this formula works exceptionally well for dry plates made with ordinary (colorblind) blue-sensitive emulsions. 

D-49 Developer Formula
500 ml distilled water (around 49C/120˚F)  
3.1g metol  
45g sodium sulfite  
11g hydroquinone  
45g sodium carbonate (anhydrous)
2.1g potassium bromide  
Room temperature distilled water added to make a total 1,000 ml 

NOTE: sodium carbonate can be purchased as anhydrous or monohydrate.

Anhydrous vs. Monohydrate

Anhydrous: a chemical is said to be anhydrous, when it doesn’t contain any water. 

Monohydrate: monohydrate contains one water molecule per formula unit. Usually, the number of water molecules a substance molecule has is written as “chemical formula. n H2O”. n gives the number of water molecules and, if the compound is monohydrated, n is one.

MQ style developers, meaning metol and hydroquinone based formulas often use potassium bromide as the restrainer, sodium carbonate as the accelerator, and sodium sulfite as the preservative as shown in this formula. 

As a side note, you can increase the sodium sulfiite ratio to make the developer even more active.  If you increase the sodium sulfite keep in mind that you will also be softening the gelatin.  This is why the developer becomes more active.  Be sure to handle your plates with care and use a hardening fixer.    

Technically, you could also decrease the potassium bromide (restrainer) to also make the developer more active.  Going too far will also cause fogging. 

When I know I am going to be making platinum contact prints from my dry plates, I like to increase density by raising the pH of this formula by adding in a few drops of regular household ammonia.  I would suggest starting with 3 drops per 1000ml of developer.  If you get fogging or the emulsion lifts off the glass, then back off a drop.  

You should add the ammonia as the final step after the potassium bromide before using the developer at 20C.

If you want a more active developer that produces more density that D-49 stock without having to tweak the formula as described above, then you could consider using Kodak D-19.

D-19 Active Developer Formula
500ml distilled water (49C/120˚F)  
2g metol
90g sodium sulfite
8g hydroquinone
sodium carbonate (45g anhydrous or 52.5g monohydrate)
5g potassium bromide  
Room temperature distilled water added to make a total 1,000 ml and do not dilute

Since you should not dilute D-19, if this formula is too active for you, then use D-49 or one of the other paper developers listed above. 

NOTE: sodium carbonate can be purchased as anhydrous or monohydrate.

Anhydrous vs. Monohydrate

Anhydrous: a chemical is said to be anhydrous, when it doesn’t contain any water. 

Monohydrate: monohydrate contains one water molecule per formula unit. Usually, the number of water molecules a substance molecule has is written as “chemical formula. n H2O”. n gives the number of water molecules and, if the compound is monohydrated, n is one.

Since D-19 is an alkaline developer, you need to begin with hot water (49C/120F) in order to ensure each ingredients will dissolve properly.  Make sure each ingredient is fully dissolved before adding the next.

Join me and photographers from around the world in the Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community and learn more about how to make and use silver gelatin emulsions.  

Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community Hosted by Tim Layton - www.timlaytonfineart.com/emulsionHandmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community Hosted by Tim Layton - www.timlaytonfineart.com/emulsion

You are welcome to connect with me on my personal Facebook account where I share behind the scenes updates with my friends and family that I don't share anywhere else.

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography black and white darkroom Emulsion Formula photography Silver Gelatin Emulsion https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/silver-gelatin-dry-plate-developer-formulas-kodak-d-49-d-19 Sun, 30 May 2021 09:01:59 GMT
New Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions Community https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/new-handmade-silver-gelatin-emulsions-community New handmade silver gelatin emulsions community by Tim LaytonNew handmade silver gelatin emulsions community by Tim Layton One of the things that I am most excited about in terms of the new darkroom is having a large area dedicated to making handmade silver gelation emulsions so I can make my own contact printing and enlarging papers, dry plates, and even large format and medium format films.  

I created a new community on Facebook for anyone interested in learning and sharing their love of making handmade silver gelatin emulsions.  

You can see the new 4 ft. x 12 ft. coating table that Tim Jr and I just built in Episode 8 of my Video Darkroom Diary.  

Join me in this new community and let's have some fun making some handmade silver gelatin emulsions.

You are welcome to connect with me on my personal Facebook account where I share behind the scenes updates with my friends and family that I don't share anywhere else.

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

 

 

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) diy emulsions silver gelatin https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/new-handmade-silver-gelatin-emulsions-community Wed, 26 May 2021 07:55:14 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 8 - May 25, 2021 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-8-may-25-2021 Darkroom Diary Episode 8 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 8 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In Episode 8 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim Jr helped build some floor to ceiling shelving on the south wall to organize all the chemicals, paper, and darkroom supplies and we also built a large 4 ft. x 12 ft. table that will be used for coating emulsions and making papers, films, and dry plates. 
 

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B&H Photo VideoB&H Photo Video COLOR FILMS, DEVELOPERS, DARKROOM GEAR

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-8-may-25-2021 Tue, 25 May 2021 17:35:19 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 7 - May 21, 2021 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-7-may-21-2021 Darkroom Diary Episode 7 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 7 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In episode 7 of my Darkroom Diary, Tim Jr and I got our Beseler 45V-XL enlarger with the Heiland 8x10 cold light head and split grade controller installed and mounted today!!  We are so excited and can't wait for the plumbing company to get the water installed so we can get back to making our big wild horse silver gelatin fine art prints.  

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-7-may-21-2021 Fri, 21 May 2021 11:55:51 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 6 - May 20, 2021 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-6-may-20-2021 Darkroom Diary Episode 6 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 6 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In episode 6 of my Darkroom Diary, I share the progress that I made today on getting my 8x10 Beseler 45V-XL 8x10 enlarger with Heiland LED cold light head mounted and installed in the new darkroom.  

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Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-6-may-20-2021 Thu, 20 May 2021 14:05:00 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 5 - May 19, 2021 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-5-may-19-2021 Darkroom Diary Episode 5 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 5 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In the fifth episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I am painting the workbenches that I was able to salvage from the building when I purchased it.  Next, I will be working on getting the 8x10 enlarger mounted on the wall and building some shelves.  

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Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.

Buy Your Photography, Video, & Technology Gear at No Additional Cost To You From B&H Photo

B&H Photo VideoB&H Photo Video COLOR FILMS, DEVELOPERS, DARKROOM GEAR

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-5-may-19-2021 Wed, 19 May 2021 12:21:39 GMT
High Tech Tesla Used Wild Horses To Lure Workers To Nevada (There is More To The Story) https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/high-tech-tesla-used-wild-horses-to-lure-workers-to-nevada-there-is-more-to-the-story In an article by Julie Gerstein at Business Insider, she reports "Tesla used wild horses to lure candidates out to its Nevada factory, but animal advocates say its presence there actually harms the animals."

Before reading my comments, you should go read the Business Insider article and then return here.

Elon Musk Tweet About Wild HorsesElon Musk Tweet About Wild Horses As you can see in this now deleted tweet from Elon Musk, he was trying to attract high-tech workers to his new factory.

It isn't just Tesla, there are many other high-tech companies using "green", the environment, and now wild horses to lure high-tech workers.  

Tesla even tweeted out a 25-second video of the horses, with Tesla Giga, the name of the plant, in the background. 

The New York Times reports "Cheap land, space and transportation corridors were draws for Amazon, Walmart and PetSmart, which turned the vacant land into a fulfillment hub. Tesla used a $1.3 billion state tax break to build its $5 billion factory, tapping into a local work force still reeling from the Great Recession and ushering in a wave of Silicon Valley heavies. Switch, a technology infrastructure company, set up three data centers, then Google gobbled up 1,200 acres. Blockchains bought 67,000 acres for $170 million in 2018, becoming the park’s biggest tenant."

Photo Credit: New York Times

WHAT DOES ALL THIS REALLY MEAN & WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

First, the Business Insider article reports the following: "Currently, there are nearly 50,000 wild horses living in Nevada, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The bureau estimates that the population should be culled to about a quarter of that in order to maintain the region's delicate ecological balance."

The problem with this claim is centered around the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and their claims that the herd should be culled to about 25% of its current size. 

What they are not telling you is the basis for their claim.  The BLM markets their dirty plan as if we are running out of land for the wild horses and the horses are damaging the environment and sensitive ecosystem. 

The truth is, we have plenty of land, the US Government and BLM is simply choosing to give it to ranchers for grazing cattle and for the production of meat. There is plenty of land for wild horses to roam free, just like they did long before we arrived.  The BLM and big business ranchers don't want to share their greed-driven motivations because people are smart and would understand what they are trying to do is based on greed and the endless need for profits.  

If you are interested in learning more about the truth behind our public lands and the bias towards ranchers and cattle over wild horses, the American Wild Horse Campaign has a page dedicated to the current issues as well as a concise overview of the real problem.  They also have solutions that make a lot of sense.

If we are not willing to stand up and speak the truth, then our wild horses will be gone forever.

I am just a regular guy that lives in a small town near wild horses and I am trying to make a difference in the world.  I am on a mission to raise awareness about the issues facing our wild horses across North America and why it matters to the average person. 

BLM manages 245 million acres of public land and 155 million acres are allocated for grazing livestock and only 27 million acres are used for wild horses [video overview].  This means that wild horses only get 11% of public land while cattle get nearly 6 times more land. To make matters worse, of the available forage land, wild horses are only given scraps and over 80% are given to cattle and livestock.

Wild horses aren't facing a land shortage, they are fighting for their lives because U.S. Government policy prioritizes land for cattle and livestock that is enforced by the Bureau of Land Management.  

It Gets Worse....

The BLM is rounding up wild horses in a brutal and inhumane way and then sentencing them to holding facilities until they die and all of this at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer costing an astronomical amount of money every year. 

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I am starting to do Live Video Broadcasts from my new studio and darkroom while I am working and making prints and even doing live art shows too.  I will be making my big 30x40 and 40x50 silver gelatin wild horse prints and also platinum and palladium too.  You can connect with me live on my new YouTube Channel, and in the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group, and the Wild Horses of North America Facebook Group.

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF SHANNON COUNTY MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses that very few people know about. Hidden away in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis, 4 herds of wild horses roam the beautiful and rugged landscape. 

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only place in the state where wild horses still roam free.

It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at their discretion.  

The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Wild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim Layton Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.

Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

Now, people from around the world visit Shannon County Missouri in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some of the horses when the herd exceeds the maximum agreed upon limit of 50 horses.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or attempt to feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free, and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

 

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In the fourth episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I am painting the main walls of the darkroom and I share the color I selected along with some additional updates on plumbing.  

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In the third episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I share updates about WiFi, ADT Security, paint color, and ventilation.  

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4 Reasons Why I Use the Absurdly Expensive Nikon 400mm F2.8 Lens For My Wild Horse Photography https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/4-reasons-why-i-use-the-nikon-400mm-f28-lens-for-my-wild-horse-photography Nikon 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR Lens by Tim LaytonNikon 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR Lens by Tim Layton I am routinely asked why I use the specific gear that I do for my wild horse photography and in this article today, I share four key reasons why I use the absurdly expensive Nikon 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR lens for my wild horse photography. 

I have been following and photographing wild horses since 2015 and at the time of this article, I have taken over 50,000 photos. 

I have used a variety of camera bodies and lenses in the field over the last several years, so I have a good perspective on what works for me and my style of wild horse photography. 

It took me a few years to really find my style.  I realized over time which images that I rated as my top picks and a pattern emerged.  The bulk of my favorite images have been taken with the 600mm F4 G ED VR II lens.  I needed a lens that was incredibly sharp, long enough to frame the horses the way I like them, and a soft painterly bokeh.  The 600mm F4 has been a consistent performer in my tool bag for several years, but a pattern emerged over time that lead me to the 400 F2.8 lens.

The bulk of my wild horse images have been taking with the infamous Nikon F6 35mm film SLR camera using HP5 film.  I have tried a variety of other films, but HP5 has worked very well with the white horses in particular and I find the film very flexible allowing me to use an EI rating between 200 and 1600 on demand. 

I will continue to use the F6 when I know I want to make smaller 8x10 and 11x14 silver gelatin prints from the original 35mm film negative and for my archival pigment ink prints. When I know I want to make my bigger 30x40, 40x50, and 48x60 silver gelatin enlargements, I use my Nikon D850 or D5 and then use my proprietary process for making an 8x10 HP5 or FP4 film negative. Using the D850 or D5 allows me to easily make digital negatives for contact printing processes like platinum and palladium, silver gelatin, and silver chloride.  

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Join me and other horse lovers from around the world in my Wild Horses of North America Facebook Group.  I share behind the scenes photos and videos in the group that you won't see anywhere else.

I am starting to do Live Video Broadcasts from my new studio and darkroom while I am working and making prints and even doing live art shows too.  I will be making my big 30x40 and 40x50 silver gelatin wild horse prints and also platinum and palladium too.  You can connect with me live on my new YouTube Channel, and in the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group, and the Wild Horses of North America Facebook Group.

Wild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com As I became more skilled at tracking and getting closer to the wild horses, I found myself with too much focal length using the 600mm lens. 

I was consistently missing opportunities and this is the core of what lead me to start thinking about the 400mm lens.

The 600mm lens routinely forces to make creative decisions in the field that I really didn't want to make, so I tried using my 300mm F2.8 lens more. 

Long story short, the 300mm F2.8 lens is an incredible tool that produces spectacular images, but I found it a little short for me a lot of the time and required cropping in post production which I try and avoid. 

I make big prints and I want and need every pixel, plus, I just like getting it right in the camera as often as possible.  Also, the 300mm F2.8 lens is still the older G ED VR II technology versus the newer E FL ED VR type which is sharper, lighter, and optically superior across the board.   

After digging around online for months, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR lens and immediately started pacing the floors.  The only way that I would know if the new 400mm lens would fill the void that I was looking for was to take it to the field and use it.

I was worried if I spent too much money on this lens and if it was really going to be the answer to my struggles and challenges.  

The 400mm focal length for my style has worked out as good as I had hoped it would and it has exceeded my expectations on the quality of images that I am able to create. 

It was my hope that I could use the latest generation Nikon TC's (1.4, 1.7, and 2.0) with the new 400mm lens and make this the most versatile lens in my bag (400mm @ F2.8, 560mm @ F4, 680mm @ F4.8, and 800mm @ F8). 

Wild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com Having the option to use four professional high quality prime lenses in my bag is the core reason I decided to dive off the cliff and buy this ridiculously expensive lens that I would buy again without hesitation. 

I think a lot of other photographers struggle with similar issues and that is why I am taking the time to write this article.

I am on a mission to create compelling, emotional, and influential wild horse images that have the potential to guide and shape policy that will protect wild horses now and in the future.  I believe we live in a visually-driven world and powerful images have the potential to help make a difference.  

When you put a tool like the Nikon 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR lens in the hands of someone that knows how and when to use it, it becomes a differentiator in many cases.

One of the things that I strive for in a lot of my wild horse images are to isolate the horse or horses from the background because it creates a more artistic feeling and mood.  I want the focus to be on the wild horse(s) and subject isolation is a good technique to help with this.  Cheaper and slower lenses simply can't do what F2.8 or F4 primes can do and this is why professional photographers pay absurd prices for this gear.

Tim Layton - Wild Horses of Missouri 4/18/21Tim Layton - Wild Horses of Missouri 4/18/21 To be fair, if you can get close enough to your subject and ensure there is nothing behind them in the background, you can get excellent bokeh out of a F5.6 lens too.  The issue with a F5.6 lens is loss of 1 or 2 stops of light from F2.8 or F4 lens which translates into 2 to 4 less times light which directly impacts focusing abilities and noisy images.  It might not sound like a big deal, but that one stop from F5.6 to F4 is a huge deal based on my personal experience and this is why professionals spend the extra money on the faster prime lenses.  It can make the difference in many cases of photographing 10 or 15 minutes earlier in the morning at daybreak and another 30+ minutes in the evenings as the sun goes down.  

I was fearful I would miss using my 600mm F4 lens, but the 400mm F2.8E with the 1.4TC making it a 560mm F4 lens has completely won me over at this focal length and I no longer miss or worry about this any longer. 

The 400mm lens stays connected to my D850 or D5 almost 100% of the time now unless there is a unique situation where I need the 70-200mm F2.8 lens.  A few times a year, I will find the wild horses deep in the woods and the 70-200mm focal length has proven to be useful for this scenario for me.  I keep the 70-200mm lens in a sling bag that is always with me in the field.  

In the end, I was able to sell off several other lenses that I no longer used which paid for the new 400mm lens.  It was a gamble that I am very thankful that I had the courage to take.  Now my field kit is down to just two lenses and I can't tell you how incredibly great that feels. 

Technically, I have two lenses and three small teleconverters that simulate having 5 lenses (70-200mm @ F2.8, 400mm @ F2.8, 560mm @ F4, 680mm @ F4.8 and 800mm @ F8).  

Wild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com The only other lens that I would consider would be the 800mm F5.6 if I get the chance to go out west and photograph the wild mustangs.  The 800mm F5.6 will obviously out perform the 400mm F2.8 with the 2.0 TC on just about every level, but that should be no surprise. 

The 800mm F5.6 lens also comes with an optically matched 1.25 TC that transforms the 800mm F5.6 into a 1000mm F8 lens which is the real value in my mind over the 400mm F2.8 with the 2.0 TC. 

I can see how wildlife photographers in places like Yellowstone or Alaska could seriously benefit from this lens.  I frequent the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to watch and photograph black bears and my 600mm F4 is regularly not enough lens.  I often don't have enough time to install the 1.4TC to make it a 840mm F5.6 lens and the moment is gone before I can even respond. 

I can't imagine a scenario where I could justify purchasing the 800mm lens, so I will probably rent it as I need it for special trips. 

I will follow up with another article and new images with the 400mm F2.8E FL ED VR lens and teleconverters as I use it in the field. 

-Tim Layton

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF SHANNON COUNTY MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses that very few people know about. Hidden away in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis, 4 herds of wild horses roam the beautiful and rugged landscape. 

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only place in the state where wild horses still roam free.

It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at their discretion.  

The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Wild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim Layton Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.

Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

Now, people from around the world visit Shannon County Missouri in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some of the horses when the herd exceeds the maximum agreed upon limit of 50 horses.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or attempt to feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free, and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) 400mm f2.8 lens missouri nikon shanon county wild horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/4-reasons-why-i-use-the-nikon-400mm-f28-lens-for-my-wild-horse-photography Fri, 14 May 2021 06:27:11 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 2 - May 13, 2021 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-2-may-13-2021 Darkroom Diary Episode 2 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 2 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com

In the second episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I share why I am designing and building a new darkroom and the types of prints I need to be able to create in the new space.  

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Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

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Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-2-may-13-2021 Thu, 13 May 2021 18:08:08 GMT
Darkroom Diary Episode 1 - May 12, 2021 https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-1-may-12-2021 Darkroom Diary Episode 1 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.comDarkroom Diary Episode 1 by Tim Layton www.timlaytonfineart.com In this first episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I take you to my new building where I will be designing and building my latest darkroom. 

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ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING LIBRARY

Tim Layton Fine Art All Access Pass B&W Darkroom Photography Video WorkshopB&W Darkroom Photography Video Workshop Large Format Photography Video Workshop SeriesLarge Format Photography Video Workshop Series B&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video WorkshopB&W Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing Video WorkshopLarge Format B&W Film Testing Video Workshop Large Format Paper Negative Video WorkshopLarge Format Paper Negative Video Workshop DIY UV Printer Design & Build Video WorkshopDIY UV Printer Design & Build Video Workshop Platinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video WorkshopPlatinum & Palladium Printmaking with Vellum Video Workshop

Read Testimonials from photographers and collectors from around the world.

Buy Your Photography, Video, & Technology Gear at No Additional Cost To You From B&H Photo

B&H Photo VideoB&H Photo Video COLOR FILMS, DEVELOPERS, DARKROOM GEAR

Fujichrome Provia 100F - Fujichrome Velvia 100 - Fujichrome Velvia 50 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400  - Kodak Ektar 100 - Fujicolor Pro 400H - Fujicolor Crystal Archive Silver Gelatin RA4 Paper - RA-4 Color Print Processing Developer & Processing Chemicals - Color Darkroom Enlargers 

ILFORD B&W FILMS & DEVELOPERS

Ilford HP5 PlusIlford FP4 Plus - Ilford Delta 100 - Ilford Delta 400 - Ilford Delta 3200 - Ilford Pan F Plus - Ilford XP2 Super - Ilford SFX - Ilford ID-11 - Ilford DD-X - Ilford Microphen

KODAK B&W FILM DEVELOPERS

Kodak Tri-X - Kodak T-Max 100 - Kodak T-Max 400 - Kodak Portra 160 - Kodak Portra 400 - Kodak Ektar 100 - Kodak P-3200 - Kodak Ektachrome - Kodak D-76 - Kodak XTOL - Kodak HC-110

DARKROOM SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT
Jobo CPP-3 processer - Ilford RC Pearl Paper - Ilford RC Glossy Paper - Ilford Multigrade Fiber Paper - Ilford Stop Bath - Ilford Rapid Fixer - Neutral FixerKodak Photo-Flo - Hypo Clearing Agent - Darkroom Trays - Chemical Storage Jugs - Nitrile Gloves - Film Archival Storage Sleeves - Archival Storage Binder - Archival Print Storage Boxes

Note: I participate in affiliate programs where I earn a small commission on some select products that I provide links for on my website at www.timlaytonfineart.com. When you use these links, I earn a small commission and there is no additional charge to you.

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) analog photography darkroom fine art https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/darkroom-diary-episode-1-may-12-2021 Thu, 13 May 2021 06:59:03 GMT
New Wild Horse Fine Art Print "Winter Splendor" https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/new-archival-wild-horse-print-winter-splendor Wild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com

A couple of weeks ago, I shared that I was working on creating some brand new archival pigment ink wild horse prints.  I have been very busy since that time and I am happy to share that I am delighted with this first print - "Winter Splendor".

I printed this first version of the print on my Epson P800 using Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper and it is really stunning in person.  The detail in the colts mane and color gamut immediately captures your attention. The detail is really extraordinary and I love the overall feeling of the image.  The archival and aesthetic qualities of the Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper is truly very special.  I trust Hahnemühle with my most prized images.

If you are interested in buying one of these prints of "Winter Splendor", contact me for a Free Art Consultation and we can work together.

Prints available in sizes from 6"x9" all the way up to 40"x60"

I offer Free Art Consultations to help you figure out the best size and details for any piece of artwork that I create.

You can contact me and share a couple of dates, times, and your best phone number and then I will confirm a date and time for our meeting. I can do Facetime video or Zoom meetings, if you would like to share your space with me as we work through designing your new artwork together.

THE STORY BEHIND THE ARTWORK

Wild Horse Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horse Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com It was a cold winter morning in January of this year.  I had cabin fever and so I wanted to get out of the house and check on the horses. 

There was a light dusting of snow and the cold winter air at daybreak was very brisk.  I first went to one of my usual locations for the Shawnee Creek herd, but after walking for over an hour through the woods, down along the Jack's Fork river, and the fields where they frequent, not a single horse in sight. 

I was literally freezing, so I packed up and headed back to the truck and decided to try an alternate location. 

After getting warmed up and drinking some hot chocolate that I brought along, I made my way to the second location.  I got out and started hiking and exploring the area and I still didn't see the horses anywhere.  I thought this was probably going to be one of those days when I just couldn't find them. 

I continued to hike through the woods and down by a new stretch of the river and still no luck.  Then, just about when I gave up and was going to head home, I heard the horses, but I still could not see them.

I squatted down and remained very still in hopes that I would get another clue.  After just a few minutes of patiently and quietly waiting, I was greeted by this beautiful young colt.  He was walking along the tree line all by himself which I thought was very odd.  

What I didn't realize at the time is the rest of the herd was inside the forest where I could not see them.  I waited patiently until he got within range of me.  I was about 150 to 200 yards away and when I got my big 600mm F4 lens in position to photograph him, he knew I was there and started surveying his surroundings.  As he was panning around, I took a lot of shots and the one that you see I felt best expressed his natural beauty and state of curiosity.

Tim Layton Holding "New Life" Wild Horses of Missouri B&W Silver Gelatin PrintTim Layton Holding "New Life" Wild Horses of Missouri B&W Silver Gelatin Print If you love horses, join my Free Wild Horse Journal where I bring you behind the scenes in my darkroom and studio and provide my latest updates and special offers.  Current members are automatically entered for a chance to win one of my wild horse fine art gallery prints every month.  

Join me and other horse lovers from around the world in my Wild Horses of North America Facebook Group.  I share behind the scenes photos and videos in the group that you won't see anywhere else.

I am starting to do Live Video Broadcasts from my new studio and darkroom while I am working and making prints and even doing live art shows too.  I will be making my big 30x40 and 40x50 silver gelatin wild horse prints and also platinum and palladium too.  You can connect with me live on my new YouTube Channel, and in the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group, and the Wild Horses of North America Facebook Group.

Tim Layton Washing Wild Horse Large Format Silver Gelatin Print

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Wild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com Wild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com Wild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com Wild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.comWild Horses of Missouri Fine Art Prints by Tim Layton www.timlaytonwildhorses.com Troublemaker - Wild Horse Fine Art by Tim LaytonTroublemaker - Wild Horse Fine Art by Tim Layton Princess Warrior - Wild Horse Fine Art by Tim LaytonPrincess Warrior - Wild Horse Fine Art by Tim Layton

HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF SHANNON COUNTY MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses that very few people know about. Hidden away in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis, 4 herds of wild horses roam the beautiful and rugged landscape. 

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only place in the state where wild horses still roam free.

It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at their discretion.  

The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Wild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim Layton Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.

Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

Now, people from around the world visit Shannon County Missouri in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some of the horses when the herd exceeds the maximum agreed upon limit of 50 horses.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or attempt to feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free, and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

 

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(Tim Layton Fine Art) Art Collector Edition Missouri Shanon County Wild Horses https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/5/new-archival-wild-horse-print-winter-splendor Sun, 09 May 2021 01:09:05 GMT
New Darkroom - Big Wild Horse Prints - Exploring Options https://www.timlaytonfineart.com/blog/2021/4/new-darkroom-big-wild-horse-prints-exploring-options New Darkroom Diagram by Tim LaytonNew Darkroom Diagram by Tim Layton I am in the process of designing and building out my new darkroom for making 30"x40", 40"x60", and 48"x60" silver gelatin wild horse prints for my art buyers and collectors.  I am designing everything around the larger 48x60 size.  In other words, all my trays, print washer, etc in my workflow is built around the larger 48x60 dimension. 

The basic dimensions of the new darkroom are about 30 ft. x 30 ft as shown in the first draft illustration to the left of this text. 

I plan on spending a lot of time in the darkroom before I commit to a final build plan.  I am using blue painters tape to lay things out on the floors and walls to help give me a sense of the size.  

You will notice in the center of the diagram I have my large DEV/STOP/FIX 1 trays.  This is actually a 4 ft x 12 ft table where these three trays sit on top and the other three for FIX2, WASH, and HCLR sit on a shelf below until I need them.  I am designing a flip out top on one side to allow all six trays to available for use during a production run.  A few years ago I attempted to use a very large PVC tube for making my big prints in an effort to save the floor space, but that never worked out for me above 30x40.   

I also have a large utility cart that I sit one of the trays on and I can wheel it around as needed for when I am doing things like selenium toning.  The floors are finished concrete, so it makes moving things around very easy and also very sturdy and stable. 

8x10 large format negative by Tim Layton8x10 large format negative by Tim Layton At the heart of the process is my Beseler 45V-XL 8x10 enlarger with the Heiland cold light head and split-grade controller.  You can see in this photo where Tim Jr and I custom built a vertical mount solution and had the 48x60 easel on the floor.  Now that I have more than twice the space as before, I hope to either elevate the easel off the floor because that kills my knees and back, or possibly explore a horizontal solution this time.  I won't know until I start the process and trying things. 

My first order of business is to get my floor to ceiling 24" deep shelving build on the right side of the darkroom for a massive amount of storage.  It only takes up 2 feet of floor space and I will end up with over 120 feet of linear storage.  I can't wait!! 

Then, I plan to start in on all of the 1x12 shelving around the interior walls that will hold all of my "stuff".  With this much space, I will be able to get really organized and optimized for each of my silver and platinum workflows.

Over the last few years I have been capturing a lot of the wild horse images on my Nikon F6 35mm SLR and 600mm F4 lens and then making smaller silver gelatin enlargements as well as making enlarged 8x10 analog negatives for making my bigger 30x40 and 40x50 silver gelatin prints.

I even have my Linhof Master Technika configured with three different lenses that are properly cammed to the rangefinder so I can do some select handheld 4x5 exposures of the wild horses too.  I am using HP5 rated at either EI 400 or EI 800 to help keep the shutter speeds up at a level where I can get sharp handheld images.  That is an incredible amount of fun!!

You are welcome to connect with me on my personal Facebook account where I share behind the scenes updates with my friends and family that I don't share anywhere else.

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Over the last several months, I have been capturing thousands of wild horse images using my Nikon D5 and the same 600mm F4 lens.  I have typically used the D5 for 4K video and some select wildlife photography.

I offer Free Art Consultations to help you figure out the best size and details for any piece of artwork that I create.

You can contact me and share a couple of dates, times, and your best phone number and then I will confirm a date and time for our meeting. I can do Facetime video or Zoom meetings, if you would like to share your space with me as we work through designing your new artwork together.

Tim Layton Holding "New Life" Wild Horses of Missouri B&W Silver Gelatin PrintTim Layton Holding "New Life" Wild Horses of Missouri B&W Silver Gelatin Print I have figured out a way to create an FP4 analog negative from my D5 digital captures and I have made some test prints from these new negatives.  This is a proprietary process that Tim Jr and I created.  

I am exploring the idea of getting an Epson SureColor P9570 printer to make the 40x60 archival pigment ink wild horse prints. 

I haven't ordered it yet because I need to get the space ready for it in the new darkroom first and I want to buy a couple test prints that are made with this specific printer.  I need to hold some prints in my hand and hang them on the wall and view them for a while to make sure they meet my expectations.  

The D5 files being upsized to make 40x60 prints is arguably challenging for even the best Photoshop wizard, however, Adobe just released a new "Super Resolution" feature in Adobe Camera RAW 13.2 that effectively doubles the resolution of your image along with some Adobe magic sauce. I have tested this on about 10 or so wild horse images and so far, I am really liking what I see. 

Here is what Adobe has to say about this new feature: "Enhance provides a set of features such as Raw Details and Super Resolution to help improve image quality using Camera Raw. 

Raw Details, previously called Enhance Details produces crisp detail and more accurate renditions of edges, improves color rendering, and also reduces artifacts. The resolution of the enhanced image stays the same as the original image. This feature is especially useful for large displays and prints, where fine details are visible.

Super Resolution, introduced in Camera Raw 13.2, helps create an enhanced image with similar results as Raw Details but with 2x the linear resolution. This means that the enhanced image will have 2x the width and 2x the height of the original image, or 4x the total pixel count. This feature supports the same file types as Raw Details, plus additional file types such as JPEG and TIFF. Super Resolution is especially useful to increase the resolution of a cropped image."

All of this could mean that my awesome D5 with its incredible low-light and AF performance could pro