Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas

This image was made by the Mike Cockcroft of Bitdepth as a joint merry christmas card for clients of The Lighthouse and Bit Depth. It was a really fun first year and while mike took some time off I decided to work though the christmas/newe year season. Obsessive I know But i was still processing film for people up to 7pm on christmas eve and then was straight back at it boxing day afternoon.

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bit Depth

This is another advertisement mike and myself made when we launched The Lighthouse Lab and Bitdepth. The Image used for Bit Depth branding was shot by Josef Geranio for the annual Shoot the Chef competition, the opposite side of these cards were done like a restraunt menu with a list of what our services were and a description of what each one was LOL.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Colour Control and Gray Scale Patches

Earlier I wrote about how important it is to keep Photographic Chemistry under tight control. However another impostant aspect to Photographic Control is done in the process of exposing the film. Above is an example of the kodak Colour Control and Gray Scale Patches. These are especially impostant when photographing such things as artworks, fabric swatches and the like.
The Inclusion of these into an image allows a printer to perfectly match a subject via compairing these standardised kodak patches with the image being printed. Because the image has a step wedge ranging from absolute white to black and the primary printing colours if there is any problems with the exposed film, i.e if the image was exposed under colour cast light or is exposed with incorect density, contrast etc... the inclusion of these cards in an image will indicate this to the printer. Other such cards are made by GretagMacbeth.

~ Stephen Frizza

Friday, August 5, 2005

Being In control

A pivotal point that differentiates a Professional Lab from the general 1 hour lab is the degree that processes are controlled from start to finish. There are many things required to keep a close watch on what the chemical processes are doing and these are all kept in line through control strips. The first Image shows 4 control strips for colour processes here at the lighthouse. The first strip is a Fuji Colour negative control strip (c-41) / (cn-15). The second is a Kodak C-41 Control strip which has been run through E-6. Kodak does not provide references for Cross Processing their materials however I do like to keep a check on cross processing jobs by running my own during intervals of the job especially if it is a large job. The Third Strip is a kodak E-6 Strip run through C-41. Once again Kodak does not provide reference strips for cross processing of this nature however I produce my own. The Reason for this is when doing bulk cross processing you must increase your replenishment and its important when making such an adjustment to keep the process in control so that the job is consistent from start to finish. The final strip is a Kodak E-6 control processed through E-6.once these are processed they are measured on a machine called a densitometer which carefully measures the values of the film and those values are graphed according to a reference strip. The Second Image is a Ra-4 colour paper control strip, these are run before printing from colour negatives to ensure that the chemistry which is processing the paper is at its optimum. The third image of 3 Kodak made exposed negatives one is Very Over Exposed, the second is Over Exposed and the third is Normal. kodak releases these for each film type so printers can make correct starting points for filtration and exposure according to their enlargers. These three control methods are the bare minimum pro labs use to ensure they running on line however many other things are done such as measuring the Ph of the chemistry and the specific gravity with tools called Hydrometers etc... These are just a few behind the scenes steps taken at The Lighthouse Lab to ensure chemistry is at its optimum.

~Stephen Frizza

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

The Building Complete

My Ra-4 processor and drum scanner on the floor waiting to be installed, revolving door on left into my darkroom and E-6 dryer on right.

My Minilab printer and replenishment system along with Noritsu film processor for small run and experimental uses (i.e bleach bypass, cross processing etc...)

Paper feed for Ra-4 on left, revolving door in the middle and
kodak LVT film recorder on the right.

Durst 4x5" and 10x10" enlargers and paper roll box on floor.

jobo processor and shelves for storing diffusion boxes etc...

Sink for processing black and white film and prints also shelves for storage of various chemicals and cut paper.

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Building The Lighthouse

These images are of the darkroom in the very early stages of its construction, The equipment was arriving, walls needed to be build, the ceiling needed to be gyp rocked. it looked a huge task ahead. especially seeing I hardly knew the difference between a screwdriver and a hammer. At the time I was filled with photographic knowledge not building knowledge. I can happily say now that I've learned tons of handyman stuff :-) I'm also proud to say these images were taken on the first roll of film developed by our C-41 film processor.

Sunday, April 3, 2005

Welcome to The Lighthouse

This blog has been created to share with you projects that occur at The Lighthouse Lab and show you the works of photographers I have been privileged to be involved with. I hope you enjoy this blog and some of the highlights that give me joy in photography.

In late 2004 The Lighthouse was founded and over the course of several months the search was on for photographic machines from E-6 & C-41 dip and dunk processors to 10x10" durst enlargers, Ilfochrome processors and obscure items such as polaroid polachrome processors and polaroid dupe printers that print back to polaroid.

Over the summer of 2004/2005 a location had been found in Bondi and The Lighthouse Lab began to be constructed at Shop 2-219 Bondi Road Bondi N.S.W Australia 2026 where the lab is still located today.

It was on the Monday April the fourth 2005 The Lighthouse opened its doors to the public and I have enjoyed every moment since.