Film photography is undergoing a new resurgence as photographers rediscover the joy of developing, printing and scanning their own film. Stand development is an old film developing technique dating to the mid 19th century for use with plates and sheet films.
With today's excellent film products--mainly the new tabbed emulsions--stand development produces superb images with long tonal ranges on 35mm and 120 film. Tonal range that used to only be available with large format sheet films.
Find out what chemicals will eliminate grain in traditional film emulsions—your images don't have to look grainy! You'll learn which chemicals and techniques even out blotchy negatives.
Iridescent Light - the Art of Stand Development is the definitive guide for doing stand development, including starting points, areas where you can stray off and experiment with your own technique, and recommendations on film, developers, processes and equipment. Half of the book is instructional, with facing pages containing excellent images as examples of stand development. This book ships internationally.
Axel is a photographer, artist, and writer. He took his first photograph at age 7, built his first darkroom at age 12 and learned about sharp lenses when his father gave him his first real camera, a 35mm Zeiss Ikon Contessa, which he still uses on occasion today. His stand development technique started at an early age, and one of his first images appeared in a prestigious art competition at the Portland Art Museum. He has also had other exhibits in art museums, and also worked as a stringer photographer for UPI. To help pay for college, Axel worked for the distributor of Hasselblad cameras working at camera shows. His perception of quality images was set and his lifelong pursuit of quality images was well underway. Today Axel works mainly with photography, building exhibits and writing articles and books. Occasionally he paints and works on his kinetic sculpture.
Winter's Chant - Michael Axel Published January 28, 2010