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Ric Kasini Kadour is a writer, artist, and culture worker and the the Editor and Publisher of Kolaj, a quarterly, printed, art magazine reviewing and surveying contemporary collage with an international perspective.

Eve and I (EveNSteve) are very excited to share this article by Ric Kasini Kadour which was first published in issue #29 of Kolaj Magazine and now on featured on Medium. Our artwork My Phantom Cat is featured in the article.

View at Medium.com

I think this is a very well written and powerfully insightful article on the importance of the now and what we make of it as artists.

Viva la Revolution- Steve

 

 

Testing Fomapan 100

My final test of Fomapan 100 by Film Bohemia of the Czech Republic. A beautiful classic film that in a compensating developer has a tremendous latitude from EI 100 – 1600+ — this example is at EI 800— amazing classic rendering that was very easy to scan. Shot with my Linhof 617s III Technorama with a Schneider 72XL lens. @linhof_munich @linhofstudio @schneiderkreuznachcine @foma_cz #film #filmisnotdead #blackandwhitephotography #panoramic #portrait #vintage #classic #apron #hammock #vermont #summer #summerlight

Support The Arts

I agree with this letter and encourage everyone to read it and to share it.

I do have one concern, trickle down economics never really works. We need to ensure individual artists are supported during this time and not focus exclusively on large institutions which is almost always the case. However, my concern is measured and I agree that without immediate support for the Arts you will see a cascading effect of financial and cultural ruin in the US and beyond. As I always say: support your local artist or you won’t have one.

An Open Letter to the Senators of the 116th Congress: Fund the Arts

EveNSteve on Kolaj Live Online

Be sure to register for KOLAJ LIVE ONLINE today!

Our talk is FREE!

 

Plagues, Monuments & Going Big with EveNSteve
Saturday, July 25th, 2020. 2PM-EST/11AM-PST
When they were called to quarantine, artists EveNSteve made a six-panel artwork that combines in-camera collage with handwritten texts to explore the idea of plagues in history. As lockdown continued, they began to display art across the street from their home in a roadside hayfield. Kolaj LIVE Online presents a virtual tour of their outdoor art gallery and artist talk about their recent work. The event is also the book launch of A Wonderful Plague. Registered attendees will be sent a link to a 22-minute film about A Wonderful Plague.

MORE INFO & REGISTER
http://www.kolajinstitute.org/kolaj-live-online/index.html…

ABOUT KOLAJ LIVE ONLINE
Kolaj LIVE Online is a series of virtual programs in the form of forums, panels, workshops, artist talks, studio visits, and other activities that allow people to come together, learn and talk about collage, and connect in real time to the collage community. Visit the series website at: http://www.kolajinstitute.org/kolaj-live-online/

CineStill CS6 “CREATIVE SLIDE”

I was very happy to be asked a few months ago to look at this new E6 process from CineStill and give them my thoughts. After testing for Kodak the new E100 in 120 last year this was indeed an exciting development. (See what I did there? Somewhere right now my wife is rolling her eyes.)

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E100 DaylightChrome Developer • Linhof 6×12 with 58mm XL • 120

 

So what’s unique about this E6 kit? Here are the descriptions from their website:

D9 “DynamicChrome” Warm-Tone Dynamic 1st Developer.
Renders approximately 9+ stops of usable dynamic-range*!  Conventional E-6 processing renders approximately 6 stops of usable dynamic-range*. Extended exposure latitude while maintaining vibrant color-contrast and rich warm-tones with preserved highlight and shadow detail (optimized for scanning) for a more cinematic look. High-dynamic-range for warm-tone slides in daylight, shade or with electronic flash.

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E100 DynamicChrome Developer • Widelux F7 • 35mm ©Schaub 2020

 

D6 “DaylightChrome” Neutral-Tone 5500K 1st Developer.
Renders approximately 6+ stops of usable dynamic-range*, with brighter whites and moderately enhanced color saturation, just like conventional E-6 processing. Daylight-balanced 5500K for neutral-tone slides in daylight or with electronic flash.

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E100 DaylightChrome Developer • Fotoman 6×24 with 90mm XL • 120 ©Schaub 2020

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E100 DaylightChrome Developer • Fotoman 6×24 with 90mm XL • 120 ©Schaub 2020

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E100 DaylightChrome Developer • Fotoman 6×24 with 90mm XL • 120 ©Schaub 2020

T6 “TungstenChrome” Cool-Tone 3200K 1st Developer.
Renders approximately 6+ stops of usable dynamic-range* with brighter whites, and moderately enhanced color saturation. Tungsten-balanced 3200K for artificial light or cool-tone E100T slides. Also, works great for push processing in limited light!

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E100 PUSHED to 800 TungstenChrome • Linhof 6×17 with 90mm SA • 120  ©Schaub 2020             In this example I wanted to see how using the film in daylight and pushing could create interesting cinematic contrast and color… I was very happy with the results.

I found mixing the chemicals to be easy and processing in my JOBO was a piece of cake. I already run my own C41 in house as well as a myriad of B&W developers.

My biggest advice to anyone who wants to process their own E6: the developer temperature is critical. Keep the developer within 1 degree F or less for best color, contrast and density.

For more information please visit:

Cs6 “Creative Slide” 3-Bath Process for color-timing E-6 reversal film

In conclusion…. I think CineStill’s new offering is a unique and valued addition to the E-6 processing community. It doesn’t seem so long ago that Ektachrome was discontinued- temporarily as it turned out. But today that tide has turned, and I continue to be excited by the strong and vibrant resurgence of film and film processing options.

Viva la Revolution!-

Steve

 

Kodak Ektachrome E100 is BACK in 120 and 4×5 – Full Review

 

 

 

Today is a very exciting day! Kodak has just released Ektachrome E100 in both 120 and 4×5… how’s that for a holiday present?!

Sample images below: please note they are somewhat bigger files so they make take a moment to load.

Reimagining Transparency Film

By Stephen Schaub

When I was asked to shoot a few test rolls of the new Ektachrome 100 in 120 it just happened to be October, and I just happen to live in Vermont. Of course, New England is famous for these few short weeks each year when the light, crispness and color­ engages and captivates, turning all who experience it into artists who want to capture it. The timing could not have been better.

Although my current artworks are large, complex, in-camera collages on film, often employing cross-processing and alternative developers, I realized that work would not have been a suitable test for the few precious rolls of film Kodak sent to me. Rather, I revisited my earlier, more traditional methods of working and enjoyed returning to an earlier version of myself.

I chose to shoot familiar places. I really wanted to see how the color, dynamic range and sharpness of this reborn film in 120 would behave compared to my normal negative materials. I am pleased to report that everything I loved about the old Ektachome 100 is back in a big way: the color, the pop, and the sharpness are all there. The exposure latitude is extremely good, and scanning the film was easy.

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Working with the combination of my Linhof Technorama 612 PCII and lenses by Schneider Kreuznach provided a profound depth and clarity, and really brought out the technical best in this film. Coupled with scans from my Imacon Scanner the resulting files really know no limits of scale of reproduction.

As a vocal advocate of traditional film, I think and talk a lot about how our relationship to film has changed; this test got me thinking in particular how much our relationship has changed with regards to transparency film. Years ago I would have been juggling a color meter and every Wratten Gelatin filter imaginable in order to color-balance the film to the light source(s) for perfect accuracy. My concern for shadow depth and detail would have resulted in most cases in a pre-exposure to balance contrast. But in 2019, with 99% of film users working in a Hybrid Workflow of film capture and digital scan, all of that is changed. Transparencies that once would have been considered too light or too dark can in most cases be saved through well thought-out scanning techniques. Choices of appropriate color spaces during the scanning process are as important to the final image as masking and color corrections were to making a great print in days gone by.

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Transparency materials are unique: they have a pop, a micro-clarity and a feeling that is lost to color negative materials. The ability to edit work directly on the light table is significant. Moving forward, our relationship with transparency film is built on previous strengths but now with more advantages than ever. Kodak’s Ektachrome 100 is showing us that way.

Follow all fifteen photographers who are part of the launch on Instagram:

Stephen Schaub

Wendy Laurel 

Sandra Coan

Jesse Pafundi

Michael Strickland

Mariana Montrazi

Gabriela Olmeda

Victor Laborde

Timo Kerber

Ian Howorth

Eddie Otchere

F & R

Yao Keng

Haosen Jin

Mr. Koichi Akagi

Official Press Release from Kodak Alaris:

Kodak Alaris Announces EKTACHROME E100 Availability in 120 and Sheet formats

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Dec 10, 2019 – Kodak Alaris today announced the launch of EKTACHROME E100 in larger formats. A new 120 format 5-roll propack and a new 10 sheet 4×5 box will be available to order within the next 10 days, worldwide.

These new format offerings follow on the highly successful launch of EKTACHROME E100 in 135-36x size last year. “Our new E100 film is a big hit with photographers of all ages” said Dennis Olbrich, President – Kodak Alaris Imaging Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. “The market response has been tremendous. Adding 120 and sheet films takes us to the next level.”

Sales of professional photographic films have been steadily rising over the last few years, with professionals and enthusiasts alike rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical product.

KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film E100 is a daylight balanced color positive film, featuring clean, vibrant colors, a neutral tone scale, and extremely fine grain.   Its distinctive look is well suited to a wide range of applications, such as product, landscape, nature and fashion photography.

We’ve posted images from some of the photographers who participated in our pre-launch activities. Check out their work on our social media channels.

 To learn more, please visit http://www.kodakalaris.com/go/profilms

Follow us on Twitter @kodakprofilmbiz and Instagram @KodakProfessional

Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kodakprofessional

 

Viva la Revolution- Steve!

 

 

 

 

Kodak Shares Portfolios

Very excited to announce that Eastman Kodak has been sharing my artworks on their social media feed on Instagram. The most recent portfolio just posted last night– check it out and please follow me on Instagram for the latest news.

@stephenschaub

Viva la Revolution- Steve