“He Was Nothing But A Pawn.”

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

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The winters here in the frozen north are long and dark. I don’t ski so I have to think of things to occupy my mind. This is a little table top fun with my Hasselblad 203FE with the Carl Zeiss 80mm F2.8 FE mounted on an 32E extension tube. Taken on my fav black and white film Rollei 80s stand developed in Caffenol for 50 mins at 20℃ with agitation for only the first minute and then left to rest in a water bath for 49mins.

Here’s the Recipe
Make one litre
Washing soda (Stabil) 16gr/l
Vitamin C (Santa maria) 10 gr/l
Potassium Bromide 1gr/l
Instant Coffee 40gr/l
Inversions for the 1st minute and then left to stand for 49mins
Stop and fix as usual
More details on Caffenol here

16 thoughts on ““He Was Nothing But A Pawn.”

  1. A beautiful shot David, so moody and how fascinating to know the recipe behind it! One of my regrets is never having spent time in a dark room and I hope to sort that out one day soon. Best wishes to you for the long winter ahead, hope it doesn’t arrive too soon.


  2. This is really cool, David! I’m also surprised to read that coffee was among the ingredients! πŸ™‚ Wonderful experimentation and result.
    I’m definitely not looking forward to the bitter cold of winter!


  3. I watched the photo and your first written line and thought playing chess helps you get through the long and dark winter. πŸ™‚ Or is it both, playing chess and taking photos and developing them with your special coffee recipe? A fabulous photo David, I like it a lot! Wonderful softness in it. I’d love to try developing photos myself one day.


    1. Thanks Elina, I only play a little chess against my computer. Photography and reading about it get me through the long winter nights . That and,family and good friends. Developing films is not that hard. You’ll need a scanner though if you haven’t a darkroom.

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  4. I’m with Stacy, I am quite clueless to professional use of film and darkrooms. What I’m not clueless about is this image! Incredible clarity, shadow, and light


  5. Who would have thought instant coffee belongs in a developing solution? But the results are great! I was expecting a brownish, sepia-like tint.


    1. I’ve also seen films that take up the coffee like stain. However Rollei films are Polyester at their base and are not effected. Any colouration is removed in scanning and post if I don’t like it .


  6. Great image and truly remarkable that instant coffee would be one of the ingredients in a film developer πŸ™‚ Ingenious and great work. Thank you for sharing.


    1. Yeah Joe just imagine what it can do to your insides. Caffenol is one of those things that when I read about it first I just had to try for myself.The ingredients, all except for one are easy to obtain,even here in Norway.


    1. I haven’t got a darkroom either Stacy.Just a cupboard in my cellar to load the film into the tank. The rest is done in daylight.
      My mind is always thinking of things to do . However it’s the “doing” that is the problem for me at times.

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