Friday, October 18, 2013

Sam Hiser visits New55

Friend, fellow collaborator, New55 and large format enthusiast Sam Hiser joined Alex Milne and me for a day of review of the New55 project, and its possible trajectory.

We had time to try something new: A New55 PN using Tri-X.  Yes, the stuff from Kodak. Don't get too excited, but it does work to some extent, yielding what we think is an ISO of about 200ish. Click on the image for a bigger view. This PN produced a sepia positive that was a bit excessive but might be corrected. The negative is dense, scanned fairly well, and isn't blocked up in the highlights.

If you have a chance to try Stone's Inn in Ashland MA, do so. This certified haunted pub has a great lunch menu.

13 comments:

Sam said...

Trusty, trusty Tri-X.

David Bailey said that, no matter what films he ever tried out, he always went back to Tri-X.

This portrait, Bob, this collaboration between you (Matthew Brady) and Alex (the camera operator), features a hat. A moment I'll treasure; but nonetheless another picture of a hat. Geoff Dyer would chuckle about that.

And Geoff would also enjoy something you said: 'We're here together at the start of Analogue Photography.'

paolo santiano said...

when will we have this new film? for Christmas??:) hope so

Dan said...

Bob I have about 100 clips to send you...where do send? Thank you for all your hard work...Dan

Stone NYC said...

This is great news! And it looks fantastic!

I know it's a long process, but I would love to start on some of this, using it I mean, just get a first run batch out there at least, even if it's a limited run, kodak looks like it's recovering and just to use some would be awesome.

Stone NYC said...

I encourage you guys to keep at it, but it's been a long while, I know many of us wouldn't mind a few flaws in some of the packets if we could just get a first run into our hands, I know I would! :)

Stone NYC said...

Please, learn from TIP, stop trying to make it "perfect" and just make SOME available...

Even if you have to say "this isn't the final version, but it will help fund further research" just let us use some, I've been chomping at the bit waiting for this, bought a 4x5 early just so I would be prepared for when you guys came out with the first run (that was supposed to be over a year ago) and since then just waiting.

Also, I'll shut up if you just let me use a sample pack or two! ;)

~Stone

Stone NYC said...

Please, learn from TIP, stop trying to make it "perfect" and just make SOME available...

Even if you have to say "this isn't the final version, but it will help fund further research" just let us use some, I've been chomping at the bit waiting for this, bought a 4x5 early just so I would be prepared for when you guys came out with the first run (that was supposed to be over a year ago) and since then just waiting.

Also, I'll shut up if you just let me use a sample pack or two! ;)

~Stone

Patrick G. Putze said...

Great shot. Nice and contrasty too. I'm looking very forward to the day I can shoot some of this film in a Polaroid 110A 4x5" conversion I made.

Patrick G. Putze said...

Great shot. Nice and contrasty too. I'm looking very forward to the day I can shoot some of this film in a Polaroid 110A 4x5" conversion I made.

Bob Crowley said...

We've been to TIP (and posted about here) and TIP has visited us. The similarities are not very numerous, though we share a common purpose. Perfect is not our goal - manufacturable, sustainable, financable - these are. I run a successful manufacturing company today and we have a good track record of new product introductions, and know from experience what it takes to commercialize a globally sold product. I don't mind your whining - far from it, look at it as one more hungry mouth. Without repeating everything, there has to be a large enough number of people who will pay a per-shot price of $6 each, and that has not been established.

Stone NYC said...

Fair enough :) thanks for the reply, and hope this somehow can become a reality :) be well and keep it going. Thanks!

kevinskoepke said...

Just another "hungry mouth" here...keep pushing...make this happen...

Sam said...

Stone, your input and urgency are appreciated.

I think you know there is a difference between getting an assembly line together along with a few runs of sheets and getting into position to keep doing it in a sustained way. And to do it for a handful of other countries too -- which is critical, considering our small niche.

Hopefully the initial response from 4x5 users will be so emphatic that we can get into position to develop color and other formats which, together, will support the effort at a proper and flexible size so it doesn't go away. -Sam