Caffenol Process

I have recently played around with an alternative way to develop film. The Caffenol Process is not new but to me it is, and  I am in love! I miss being able to have the resources of a darkroom at my fingertips and I love love, love film but it is costly to not only buy but to develop as well. This is why I was super excited to try this method out, it is a mixture of instant coffee, vitamin C powder, and washing soda.  Super simple at home supplies, you of course still need photo fix but all these supplies are readily available online. This process only works with black and white film and it also increases the grain of the image so be careful

of your lighting and subject matter.



I was flipping through my film binders and I realized that I have a ton of transparencies which are positive film placed in plastic slides. This set of images are a few of the images are some of my favorites.




Film is one of my favorite mediums in the world of photography, more importantly using toy cameras which are normally plastic based. I have quite a few toy cameras; two that I built  from kits and three that were bought. Holga to me hands down are the best, I have a regular 120mm Holga with a 35mm film converter, a Holga 120mm wide-angle pinhole camera, and a DSLR camera lens…I guess you can say I like Holga? The most exciting part about using these types of toy cameras is that you just never know the outcome. You are always guaranteed some form of light leak which I sometimes love, but you can also try to control with only electrical tape. It is also really easy to play with double exposures by either not advancing the film at all, only a little bit, or half way. Even though you don’t always have control of the outcome, you still have creative opportunity in how you choose to mess around while shooting.




Recently I have developled some film, nineteen rolls actually. I had no clue that some of them were as old as nine years or so, sad I led them sit so long before developing. Well I have scanned them and now I am working on editing!

This group of images were taken with my beloved Holga (120mm film) at Cedarmere in Roslyn, NY. This Estate was once the home of William Cullen Bryant.

Kodak Instamatic 126 Cartridge

A while ago I had found two cartridges of Kodak 126 film at my Grandmother’s house. It wasn’t but a month later I was given a Kodak Instamatic Camera, It was fate ! Developing the film on the other hand is another story, I had to mail it away and it took forever!!!  But finally here are a few….

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It works!.. Sort of…

I finally got the film I shot with the plastic toy twin lens camera that I assembled (Oh what a horror that was!) but some came out thank goodness. Which means after all that the shutter actually works! Somewhere in the middle of the negative a good portion of it was blacked out I think that is because that’s were the lenses fell out on me…Oops! Oh well, now if I can get the focusing part down we will be set for more adventures!

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Color Transparencies

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I am currently working on scanning these color transparencies or slides. Which majority of them are on Kodak kodachromes and AGFA film both of which are no longer in production if I am not mistaken. I have to admit I am pretty excited doing it box by box, its like having a little surprise. What I particularly love about this project is that all of the slides are from the early to mid 60’s and 70’s well that is so far. I cant wait until I get them all scanned so then we can pick a few for me to restore!

I am still waiting to get my own negatives developed, unfortunately the place I normally go to closed down which is sad to see, but now I am on the look for the next best place where I wont get over charged. As for my inferred film I just haven’t had the time to travel into the city (NYC) which is the only place closest to me that develops it, needless to say they are a work in progress!!



For my birthday I purchased a kit to build a twin lens camera, oh the horror that was to put together! But it’s done and yesterday I finished the first roll in it, I hope that those images came out so that 1. I know the camera is working properly and 2. So that I can scan them and post the images for you to see!

I also came across a while back a camera that belonged to my Great Grandparents and in it was a half used roll of Kodacolor-X film, man I have not seen a roll of film that old well ever I think? I just hope that the film can be processed properly and that some of the original images have been preserved. Well hopefully I have some images to show you in the next few days. I also have finally found a place that can develop my infrared film, so excited to get that done!

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Twin Lens Vitoret

120 Finally

Finally! I have my negatives all scanned edited and ready to post! I was kind of annoyed in all honesty with the place that I went to, to have the film developed.  First they ran out of chemicals, which is understandable but they never called me so I let some time go by before I called them to see if they negatives were ready the reply was “umm yes I think so they are not hanging here, whats the name?” you think so? well you should have called maybe? then there would be a question about it, oh well what can you do?

The only disappointing thing was that they could not develop my Infrared film, If anyone could give me a suggestion as to where I might be able to have this done for a reasonable price, whither it be an online mail-in service or in the Wellington / Palm Beach area it would be greatly, greatly appreciated!

What I love about my Holga cameras is that you never really know what the outcome will be. As you see in my images you have double exposures and light leaks which I love. I have two kinds of Holga cameras a wide-angle pinhole and the traditional 120 Holga I love them both but pinhole camera is super sensitive and I clearly need a sturdier tripod and may a shutter release to help with the camera shake.

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