Let's have some BEER

This summer I had the opportunity to join a class led by one of the greatest Italian printer.

The course was held in an old villa in the countryside near where I live.

During the class I have been taught a new - for me - approach to the print. The technique is a classical formula from the beginning of the  photography. 

Called BEER'S from the name of its inventor Dr Beer, is in fact an easy way to create a solution that can resolve almost any photographic drama you can crash to when printing.

Starting from two solution, one based on Metol and one based on Hydroquinone, that can be mixed to obtain various degrees of contrast, depending on what you want to obtain from your film.

The Metol is in charge of letting all the midtowns develop in the right way and on the other side, the Hydroquinone is the one capable of getting that rich and deep dark that you need to give your pictures the strength it deserves.

To maximize this effect you can also use a two bath work, using a first bath to strengthen the black and a second bath to carry out all the shades of gray you need.

You can have a lot of fun experimenting with various bath and grade of contrast, 

Last session I had was with a 20"x24" (50x60cm) paper and managing 6 trays of solution in my darkroom was not easy but fulfilling.

 

 

Mamiya 7

 

Mamiya 7, a rangefinder camera that I find one of the best medium format for travelling. Its lightness is the strenght point, the body and the lenses waight less then a minumum DSRL sistem, but us also have a gorgeus finder and a so quiet shutter that you have to guess if it worked or not in a noisy street.

Being a rengefinder camera has its point on the image quality, the 6x7cm negative you get can be really full of details and with all the shades of gray you want.

The quality of the lenses is undubtly high. The 43mm is an hawsome glass for landscape and street photography, wihile the 80mm is a perfect lens for beautifull portrait. i don't find a lot of sense on the 150mm if not for some landscape, too hard to have a good framing and focusing, the same if not even worst for the 210mm.

From where it begin to now

I'm starting this new blog part of this site willing to share my passion for photography and darkroom works.

My interest in photography grew in my since the very early age. Growing up with a passionate photographer like my father (Maurizio) was, I was raised between cameras and prints. I can remember my father playing with the light in the darkroom and doing that magic spell so that images appear on a with paper submerged in water. Some years later I would understand that it was Metol or Hydroquinone. 

In my year of photographic learning I approached many techniques and subjects, from digital to film, from slide to black and white, from nature to still life. I'm still fascinated by all kind of photography but in the last year I settled in what I like doing the most now. This means being back to analog photography and my heated and loved darkroom. 

Anyway, letting the old memories go, hope you will like what I'll share with you, and please don't esitate to comment.