New55 PN

Negative scan of Ed Gold using New55 PN film

Last year I bought a Polaroid 110 -> 4×5 conversion thinking it would be a much simpler way of shooting large format than carrying a large and bulky monorail and supporting tripod. loaned it to my friend Ed Gold (pictured above) who used it for his Galena, Alaska  book project.

New55FILM are a kickstarter designing new chemistry to reimagine Polaroid type 55 Black and White film. They have a number of interesting products including New55 PN which is coming closer and closer to Polaroid we all remember and love.  It uses the Polaroid 545 holder (available at New55FILM) and follows the same process you became used to following.  Note that you will have need to have Ilford Rapid Fixer to fix the negative.

This is my first attempt.  Hand held.  Learning a new camera and film.  And sometimes having to start over again.  Each box comes with ISO rating, and recommended development time on the box.  Tutorials can be found on their site, and on you tube.

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Film Scan: 35mm Kodak Technical Pan developed in R5 Monobath.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish-Anchorage, Alaska

One of the hardest things for me is finding something to photograph.  I work long hours, have way too many things and things to plan and do.  I have driven by this church daily for almost two years when all of a sudden, last week, it “saw it”.  I looked at it from a different angle, and it felt drawn to it.  I love that old Spanish Church architecture like one sees in New Mexico.  The San Francisco de Asis Mission Church for instance.   I vowed to photograph it and use it to learn Salt Printing.

I found some rolls of Kodak Technical Pan 2415 and thought I would try that.  it was   discontinued in 2004.  I  have had these rolls since at least 2007.   On the shelf I had a couple of bottles of New55FILM R5 Monolith Developer. I liked the idea of not having to use one chemical and then another. I recalled reading somewhere (like their website?) that I could use R5 on out date Black and White film stock, so…


Friday it started snowing and Saturday morning it was still coming down. I wish I had not waited and just gone to photograph it while the sun was out.  My friend Ed Gold said, “Let’s go now”, and was kind enough to accompany me.  So we went.

Loaded a roll of film into one of my Canon EOS-1 cameras, set the ISO (too old to have a DX code), and off we went. Shot the roll, ran home and developed it using R5 (more on that later), and scanned it today (will also cover that later).

I am pleasantly surprised by what I am seeing, though it can get rather contrasty.

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BBQ Pork Ribs


I was off from work today. So I decided to cook some BBQ ribs.  I slow cooked some pork ribs for 8 hours. Fall off the bone goodness.  Beer, Jublie, 10+% content.  Potato salad and baked beans.

Sterling, AK?


Next week I am heading to Sterling, AK to visit Wayne and his lovely wife.  When I got here, I was able to park my camper at  Fox Run RV Park. Desi and Scott took me under their wing. I can never, ever say enough good things about those two!  Through them I actually learned how to use my camper.  I always felt safe and watched.  Through them I met Wayne and his lovely wife who are nurses who seem to always find great places to work.   He also does some wonderful wood carvings.  Here’s one I have in my home.


Ed Gold Converting a Polaroid to a 4×5

Ed working on his own 4×5 conversion.

Ed Gold borrowed my Polaroid 110 4×5 conversion to take with him on his Galena Project.  Amazed.  Imagine, he’s out on a frozen river taking part in a search for the body of a Galena resident while taking photographs of life in Galena.  So cold, at -40 degrees, that he has to compensate, off the top of his head, for how slow the camera is working.

Since coming to Alaksa, I have started to learn this is not Houston.  And that there is a BIG difference between 98 degrees F and -40 degrees (F|C).

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