Last month on one of those fine sunny Autumn days I ventured out with the 5×4 to walk the beach and photograph a local landmark.
Burnham-On-Sea was the venue for this walk of around 1/2 mile lugging the camera bag, a box of lenses and a large tripod capable of carrying the weight of the MPP to the Lower lighthouse. I have photographed this many times before but this time I wanted to try out a couple of lens/filter combinations and capture the lighthouse reflected in the onshore puddle left by the receeding tide.
Back in the darkroom I made some warmtone prints using an old Ilford formula developer taken from my old copy of the ‘Ilford Manual of photography’ circa 1962 as follows..
ID-78 Stock solution.
- Pure water @52°c 750 ml
- Sodium Sulphite (anhydrous) 50g
- Hydroquinone 12g
- Sodium Carbonate (anhyd) 62g
- Phenidone 0.5g
- Potassium Bromide 4.5g
- Water to make 1ltr
Working strength is 1:1 for developing in 1 minute @ 20°c or 1:3 for a 2 minute development.
I printed on both Ilford MG FB and Ilford MG FB Warmtone paper from enlargements of the 5×4 negatives.
I also made a print or two using Lith development. For this I used Moersch lith chems and added old brown to the mix. developing times for the prints were between 5 and 7 minutes printing on both Foma 111 and 333 papers.