A Short Walk Around The Yard

I think it comes as no surprise to anyone that my love for macro photography runs deep. In particular, the effect that rain storms have on nature. There is just something about the way nature looks, smells and feels right after a rain storm that begs me to photograph it.

Nikon F100 | Fomapan 100 | D23

Yesterday I was fortunate that our expected thunderstorm ended shortly after getting home from work. Not wanting to let this opportunity pass me by I went in the house and loaded up my Nikon F100 with some hand rolled Fomapan 100 and headed right to the backyard. I initially had the Helios 44-2 mounted but after a couple of shots I wasn’t really happy with what I was seeing in the viewfinder. There were great water drop patterns on the leaves but I just wasn’t able to get close enough to capture them to my satisfaction. The solution? Mount the Nikkor 60mm 2.8D Macro. In all honesty, I was forced into using the 60mm because I can’t mount my favored 55mm 3.5 non-ai Micro onto the F100.

Nikon F100 | Fomapan 100 | D23

Developer of choice was my now trusted and preferred replenished D23 and fixed in Photographers Formulary’s TF-4. This is the third roll in which I used a different agitation method than I had been using in years past. With the results of this third roll I am confident in sticking with it for films developed in D23. What I do is agitate (using the twizzle stick) in a clockwise direction (watch Johns video on why and how I do this) for the first minute with a five second (about three turns of the twizzle) every minute for the remaining development time. Fixing is done using inspection via doubling the clearing time.

If you’d like to give D23 a try for yourself then be sure to check out the Films And Chemicals I Use page on this site. There you will find a listing of all the films, developers, fixers and replenishers I am currently using along with their recipes if made by me.

As always, thanks for stopping by and spending your time here. If you have any comments or questions concerning this post please be sure to comment below.

God Bless and Happy Shooting!

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