Onward (backward) and Upward (downward) … but really upward!

What the heck? Junk Store Cameras has a blog now? Last year, I closed my business due to the same reasons that most everyone around here closed their business. I am now working on junkstorecameras.com a whole lot more. Eek! So fun! Except for when it’s not. Like, fixing bugs, etc. Anyway, I moved my blog off my biz site and changed up some stuff. This blog isn’t just about camera stuff. Though that’s the major slant. It’s about anything and everything. Well, mostly camera stuff though. Because the other stuff is really boring.

I spent the better part of last year, updating and posting camera reviews, processing film and just generally being studio-centric. I did manage to visit Paris just before the lock down and I recently posted  a story about leaving a C3 at Père Lachaise Cemetery to my Argus C3 page. Last week was an imaginary visit to the 1964 New York World’s Fair via the Kodak World’s Fair Camera. The film got kinda screwed up due to agitation issues (not emotional agitation but film development agitation) which led to a recent foray into “stand developing”. Stand developing is when you use a diluted developer mix and let the film sit in it -or stand in it, I guess- for an hour. My first time trying it. Check this out:

This is HP5 exposed in a Tammy 127 Camera
MAJOR bromide drag.

I screwed it up. So I tried “semi-standing development”, where you follow the above procedure, but give the film an agitation halfway in. Check this out:

Oh wait. Forget it. I changed my mind about showing you that. Ha! They were better, though super shitty shots. Embarrassing photography doesn’t usually embarrass me. But those were pretty bad.

Anyway, I had fun revisiting the  Dollar Camera, the Bedfordflex, and the Foto-Flex this past week. So I guess I’m on a 127 bender. I always have liked that format. I missed my Imperial Delta 127 so much that I bought another and am throwing 35mm through it. Check it out! It’s a 127 format camera whose film chamber design allows for 35mm film.