Macro statuettes

Curious lizard
Olympus OM-2n
50mm f/3.5 Zuiko Auto Macro
Ilford Delta 400
LegacyPro L110, Dilution B

Here’s another photo from the Ruins at Holliday Park in Indianapolis. They renovated it a few years ago — it had been in serious disrepair — and in so doing added a water feature with a bunch of little amphibious statuettes. Like this one.

I like this little guy. He looks so curious. At the right angle he almost looks like he’s smiling.

I don’t have too much trouble with dust and debris settling on my film while it dries after development. I’m fortunate. But Ilford Delta 400 attracts more dust and debris than most other films I use. I don’t know why! It took me a while to remove all the spots from the images on this roll. But this combo of film, developer, and scanner is a winner in my book, so the spotting is worth it.

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8 responses to “single frame: Curious lizard”

  1. brandib1977 Avatar

    Fantastic shot! Wildlife photography can be tough.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s easier when you cast them in metal first. They move around a lot less.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Lol. It does help!! Still…. it’s wildlife photography!!!

  2. Doug Anderson Avatar

    An interesting observation about the dust and debris. The only tabular grain film I have used lately is TMax 100 and I don’t recall being particularly bothered by dus on the dried negativest. I wonder if the emulsion thickness and subsequently different drying times have anything to do with what you are seeing.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Some media just attract dust and debris more readily. For example, my old iPhone 6s always came out of my pocket clean, but my iPhone 12 mini comes out dusty with whatever else is in my pocket. Maybe something about the Delta base material just attracts more dust?

  3. Marc Beebe Avatar

    Fotoflo. Do they still make it? Basically a highly diluted simple pure soap mixture applied after washing to reduce spots. A rinse agent, in fact. Something like JetDry would probably be too harsh for film, though.
    I did notice the little lizard wasn’t real, but even so it’s a nifty work of art!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You know what? I forgot the Photoflo on one roll I recently developed – might have been this one.

      1. Marc Beebe Avatar

        BTW I couldn’t resist colourizing that lizard to a metalic hue. You should try it; looks interesting that way.

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