Episode 24 – What’s With the Fancy F?

On this episode, we delve into the weird history of f/stops! We also talk to Liz Potter (@lizpotterphotography) about pinhole photography, double exposures and making custom, handmade books. There’s a brief issue with E-6 silliness, zine reviews, and the answering machine question.

After a bit of chin-wagging, we wonder a bit about “gatekeeping” when it comes to certain photographers and their insistence that things be done a certain way – or else.

Specifically, we’re talking about E-6 Processing vs. Cross-processing.

With that garbage taken to the curb, we asked listeners to call in to answer:

Is there a place that you’ve never visited that you’d like to photograph?

Let’s Call Liz!
This episode, we called up Liz Potter to talk about handmade books, pinhole cameras, double exposures and shooting in general.

Here are a few of her photos:

Here’s a photo of her book:

f/Stops: What the f Are They Stopping?
F-stops! we all use them, and some of us even know why. But what *are* they? What’s an f? What’s a stop? What’s the difference between an aperture and diaphragm? What’s up with all the weirdly specific numbers? And what’s the deal with the funny looking f?

We answer a few of these questions to the best of our abilities. Plus, an indepth-ish look at the history of aperture settings!

Evelyn Cameron Correction
In the last episode, we said that there wasn’t really an online archive of Evelyn Cameron’s work. This wasn’t exactly true. Follow these links:

Evelyn Cameron Diaries.

Evelyn Cameron Photos.

Zine Reviews
Eric reviewed Filling the Time in Catalunya by Karen Freer.

Vania reviewed Now You See Me #1 by Alan Joseph Marx.

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Dev Party #19 – It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Madness Dev Party

Tonight, on a very (retro) special episode of Dev Party, we’re trying yet another new developer! This time it’s Foma’s Retro Special (get it?). This is a really simple developer that you can use over and over.

It’ll do 25 rolls of 35mm and 100 freaking sheets of 4×5! Stop and fix as normal.

The only downside is that the times can be a bit fast for some folks (Eric). Oh, and there are only times for Fomapan / Arista film. But totally worth it.

We developed Fomapan 400 in it, which was 6mins. Eric was okay with this.

Here are a few of Vania’s results:

And here are Eric’s:

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 23 – Great Business to Exclude All the Light

On today’s episode, we’ve got a heady answering machine question, an interview with Kim “Kimchi” Giannone, zine reviews, and a feature on Montana photographer (and patron saint of All Through a Lens) Evelyn Cameron.

After a bit of chit chat (Vania’s waves have been bad and Eric’s got two zines coming out), we get right to the answering machine question:

Do you have a camera that you don’t shoot with anymore, but that you just can’t part with?

The answers ran from the practical to the literal tear-jerking. Thank you to everyone who called in.

Let’s Call Kim!
Our interview this week is with Kim Giannone. Kim has been shooting film since forever, but find herself sliding towards digital. We talk about Montana, the old days, more Montana, current and future projects, and about maybe quitting photography altogether (no, thank you).

You can find Kim’s work on Instagram – @kgphotoface.

She is also trying to raise the money to buy a mercantile in Montana so she can run a general store as well as her photo studio. She’s selling her prints to fund it here.

And is some of Kim’s work:

Evelyn Cameron
We have been wanting to tell the story of Montana photographer Evelyn Cameron since before we even had a podcast.

The story of an unknown photographer who died leaving her incredibly important work to basically disappear into obscurity only to be re-discovered decades later might sound a little familiar, but we’re betting you’ve not heard this one before.

She was a (mostly) self-taught large format photographer from the late 1800s/early 1900s. After leaving her wealthy upbringing and moving to Montana with her new (and controversial) husband, she took to photography to make ends meet.

Nearly forgotten, her work was rediscovered in the 1970s. We dig into her life, her career, and how best to view her photos.

We also talk about a project we’d like to do, but pulling it off might prove a bit difficult.

Here are a few of Evelyn Cameron’s photos:

Zine Reviews
We also reviewed two zines:

Car Distancing by Ben Yount (@benyountdds)

and

Film & Foreigner Vol. 2 by Robert Burton (@elgatomagnifico)

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Dev Party #18 – Hungry Like the Dev Party

For our first Dev Party back from the field, we’re easing back into things. Eric’s devving some old Plus-X from 1988. He used HC-110B for 5mins. Vania is all in on Tmax 400. She used Rodinal 1+25 for 6mins.

They banter about developing tips, shooting, Kansas and, obviously, Duran Duran.

Here are some of Vania’s shots:

And here are some of Eric’s:

And also of note, Eric was mistaken about 1988. He apologizes.

—-

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 22 – Terrifying Deathtraps of Awesome Fun

It’s been a minute, but we are back and wow are we chatty!

After a bit of catching up, we dive right into our answering machine question. This was an easy one:

Tell us about your summer photography.

It was last minute, but we got some great answers. Also, Eric rues the loss of his five-minute Bronica. We answer this ourselves as well.

We don’t normally do a lot of on-mic gear talking – except when we do. And we do. We took a slew-ish of cameras with us on this little photo excursion, and we will tell you all the hell about them.

Tired of that, we give a call to Anne Hollond (@annehollond). While in Kansas, we palled around with her for a few days (in a socially distant sort of way). It was amazing as we talk a lot about.

Here are a couple of our photos from Bison, Kansas:

Camera: Hasselblad 500C
Film: Ektar 100
Taken by Vania

Camera: Kodak Brownie No 2, Model D (1914)
Film: Kodak Tmax 400; x-08/2004
Process: Rodinal; 1+50; 12min
July 2020

For the “back half” of the episode, we go over the ins and outs, ups and downs of a long ass photo trip. We get sassy.

We wrap up the episode with a couple of zine reviews. First up was Haxes by 𝐉.𝐌 𝐀𝐥𝐦𝐪𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐭 (haexes). You can pick it up at Haexes.com.

Second, we looked at Wa/onderer #1 by Jaso Biehner (@jasonbiehner).

And finally, we announced the release of our zine: 6×7 – 6×7 is a zine celebrating the Mamiya RB67, perhaps the most perfect camera ever made (mileage may vary).

We each selected 30ish of our favorite photos and created a zine around them. This issue reflects the love and chaos, messiness and beauty that is film photography.

But this is not a mere photozine. The photos, still the central feature, are placed within two-page spreads made up of various related and unrelated bits and bobs.

It is available here.

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Dev Party #17 – This is What it Sounds Like When Devs Cry

On this episode of Dev Party, we’re mixing and trying out D-23! It’s got two whole ingredients!

D-23 was originally formulated to look like D-76. So how does it do? Find out!

Here’s the recipe:
750ml of water at 125F/52C
7.5g of Metol
100g of Sodium Sulfite

(mix and then add enough water to bring it up to a full liter)

Here are Vania’s photos (Ilford HP5+):

And here are Eric’s (Ilford HP5+):

—-

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Dev Party #16 – Always Crashing the Same Dev Party

On this special episode of Dev Party, we’re developing old film and being “interviewed” by Aloy Anderson (@aloyandersonphotography).

Vania is developing some sheets in Rodinal:

While Eric is seeing whether 70 year old Ansco is worth the effort:

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Dev Party #13 – Other Peoples Dev Parties

In honor of watching One Hour Photo, Vania and Eric decided to develop each others film.

Vania shot Rollei Retro 400S in a Pentax 645.
Eric developed it in Rodinal 1+25 for 10.5 minutes.

Eric shot Bergger Panchro 400 in a Kodak Brownie box camera.
Vania developed it in Rodinal 1+25 for 7 minutes.

They take you through the development process and then check in the their futures to see what they think of the whole thing.

Here are some of Eric’s shots:

And here are some of Vania’s:

Also, Eric mentioned photos that he half-fixed and than refixed. This is what those look like:

Camera: Imperial Savoy
Film: Ilford Pan F+
Process: Rodinal 1+50; 10.5min
Major Fixer Failure

Camera: Imperial Savoy
Film: Ilford Pan F+
Process: Rodinal 1+50; 10.5min
Major Fixer Failure

Camera: Imperial Savoy
Film: Ilford Pan F+
Process: Rodinal 1+50; 10.5min
Major Fixer Failure

Camera: Imperial Savoy
Film: Ilford Pan F Plus
Process: Rodinal 1+50; 10.5min

Camera: Imperial Savoy
Film: Ilford Pan F Plus
Process: Rodinal 1+50; 10.5min

Camera: Imperial Savoy
Film: Ilford Pan F Plus
Process: Rodinal 1+50; 10.5min

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Episode 19 – Those Beautiful Moments In Between

This is an episode full of questions! We’ve got answers! Have you ever wondered how labs develop black & white film? Do your photos tell a story? We’ve also got an interview with David Chao, a zine review and some news!

Answering Machine
Do you feel that your photos or a selection of your photos tell a larger story?

It was an odd question this week. Did it break Eric? It probably did. But we had an array of answers and some fun discussion.

Hello, David
Our interview this episode is with David Chao. David grew up between San Francisco and Osaka, Japan. The way he captures the story of a people and their culture is something a bit different than we’ve seen before. While his individual photos may be striking, his series and collections are what create his powerful narrative.

@davidchao.film on IG
davidchaophotography.com

Here are a few of his photos:

How Do Labs Process Black & White Film?
But when a photographer drops their film off at a lab, all of those choices are left to the lab. Now, granted, these folks are professionals, often with decades of experience. They’ve honed their craft from an art to a science and back again.

Still, we’ve always wondered what happens when you drop black & white film off at a lab. We’ve both done it before, and both had no idea what goes on behind the scenes. We just dropped off the rolls and picked them up a few days later. They looked great and we didn’t really question why.

But now we are. Why? Why do they look so good? It’s a question that’s always been in my head. So we reached out to about a dozen labs – and a HUGE thanks to the five that responded.

We asked them two questions. First:
Do you have a specific developer that you use or each common emulsion?

And second:
What is the practice for when a customer brings you a roll of some mysterious black & white emulsion? For example, some oddball low ISO Soviet film.

We talked with five different labs:
Panda Lab – @pandalabseattle
Cafe Obscura – @cafeobscurasudbury
Roberts Camera – @robertscamera
IconLA – @iconla
Blue Moon Camera – @bluemooncamera

Each answered these two questions in some really interesting and unique ways.

Zine Review

This is a halfsize, landscape zine, 32 pages, color and b&w. As the name highly suggests, this was taken on a roadtrip from New York to Charleston, South Carolina, though he dips down into Savanah.

The photos are mostly empty, which is right in my wheelhouse. This is what I like to shoot, and this is what I like to see. The B&W shots, mostly on HP5, live up to all the praise of that emulsion. Even the Fomapan looks wonderful (something I really can’t make happen).

Daniel recently reprinted this issue, and it’s available on his website – danielnovakphoto.com for $8.

The Slow Meow Zine
Our first rebranded film was dubbed the Slow Meow (it was Tasma Mikrat 200). It was neat to see how many of you used the hashtag and shared their results on IG.

So we’ve been talking about this. While this is *our* podcast, we really like to open it up to the community. And because of that, we’d like to make a community zine. And since so many of you shot with the Slow Meow, we’d like to make a zine of a selection of those photos.

So if you got the film, we’d like you to submit six of your favorite Slow Meow photos

We’re going to compile a zine together with everyone who has shot with it. Everyone who appears in the zine will receive a free copy (you can always buy more copies). The rest will be sold and traded like any other zine.

Criteria:
Size of image: at least 3600 x 2400(ish) at 300dpi
Cut off date: July 30
Submit via Email only: allthroughalens.podcast@gmail.com
Info needed: Name; IG/Twitter handle; Camera used; Mailing address

Be sure to check out our Dev Party episodes. They’re about to get even more pee-inducing!

Music by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers

Vania: IG, Flickr, Zines
Eric: IG, Flickr, Zines, ECN-2 Kits

All Through a Lens: IG, Website

Dev Party #11 – Fire Party!

This week on Dev Party we’re trying a new-to-us developer! Well… that’s not quite true. You’ll see.

It was Vania’s idea to give Pyro a try, so we both picked up PMK Pyro by Photographer’s Formulary. And well… you’ll see.

Here on Dev Party, we are certainly used to and even welcoming of failures. They can lead to more knowledge and better days. And this failure is no different. It was just weird and unexpected. Again, you’ll see.

This was the first time we ever tried this developer. You’ll hear us reading from the instructions, talking a bit about what Pyro is, and witness our first experiences with the developers. Basically.

The important thing is that we both liked the results.

And speaking of results, here are some scans…

We also hear from Aloy Anderson and Jennifer Froula Webber about their thoughts and tips for shooting Fuzzy Pürrito!