Tag: Pyrocat HD

The Wider View

This past Sunday was dark and gloomy in Toronto, but I have decided not to let lousy weather interfere with my photography! I went out with my Voigtlander Bessa R rangefinder and 21mm/4 super wide lens and still found some interesting subjects.

Bessa R rescan006

Voigtlander Bessa R 35mm rangefinder
with 21mm/4 Color Skopar lens

Tri-X film @ EI 400 developed in Pyrocat-HD 1+1+100,
15 minutes @ 20 C

I Keep Coming Back

There are places in Toronto I keep coming back to for photography: Kensington Market, The Beaches, the ravine near St. Clair/Yonge, the Lower Don Valley, and of course High Park, where I was yesterday. A cold, rather dreary day, but still plenty to photograph!

November in High Park


Voigtlander VITO B 35mm camera, 50mm/3.5 Color Skopar lens
Svema Foto 200 film developed in Pyrocat HD, 1+1+100 for 15.5 min. @ 20 C 


Yesterday at St. James Cemetery: the dazzling sunshine and shade from the leaves still left on the tree made for very contrasty lighting, but the film/developer combination did a decent job in holding a lot of the shadow detail.

St James Cemetery


Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens.
Rollei PRX400 film at EI 320 developed in Pyrocat HD, 18 minutes @ 20 C

Another Pyrocat HD Image

Here is another image from the roll of HP5+ film I developed in Pyrocat HD developer yesterday. This developer has really “unlocked” this film for me. Taken in Niagara-On-The-Lake on a very dull day this past summer, the tonality is much better than I would have expected.

Niagara on the Lake


Baby Speed Graphic with 120 6×7 film back,
101mm/4.5 Ektar lens.
Ilford HP5+ film developed in
Pyrocat HD 1+1+100 for 19 minutes @ 20 C

From the Beginning

Today I tried Pyrocat HD film developer for the first time on a roll of HP5+ that I never got around to developing after shooting it this summer. “Pyro” based developers date from the early 1850’s, and it is always fun to try classic tools and techniques, and as for HP5+, from now on this will be my go-to developer for this film!

Pyrocat Test


“Baby” Speed Graphic with 101mm/4.5 Ektar lens
HP5+ film developed in Pyrocat HD