Ilfosol 3 Developing Fluid 

It’s a cog wheel. It’s on that big crane thingy on the pier at Donaghadee. What’s special about it?


It was captured on a manual Nikon FG20 on Ilford FP4 ISO 125 film. I found an old bottle of Ilfosol 3 Developer in the garage and decided to try it out. This developer is noted for its fine grain. The bottle was still unopened and even though it must be about four years old the liquid was still clear. I developed the film for 7 minutes. The guideline was 4.25 minutes, but I didn’t trust it! Especially when it said that dev times of less than 5 mins could give patchy results. So 7 mins it was and the negs are lovely. Good contrast, low grain. 

Here’s a few other examples

Buffet Lunch is served at Carn Industrial Estate, Craigavon. 


Donaghadee Lighthouse. How often has this been photographed? This shot on Ilford FP4 in the Nikon FG20. f/16 @ 1/125sec on ISO125. 


Signs of the Times. The vehicle technology of the future – electric charging points in a car park. 


Throwing stones into the sea at Bangor Co. Down has been a youthful pleasure from time immortal. Being filmed doing it by a friend with a phone is a relatively new part of the experience

Options for Displaying Your Photos at Home

The Best Ways and Options for Displaying Your Photos at Home

You have a wide range of choices for showing off your new pictures. Everything from wall art for all the world to see to photo boxes and books for a more discrete collection of all your photographs.

Framed Wall Art. You can decide from long-lasting wooden frames suitable for a more country or old fashioned home. For modern homes we have modern box mounts with colored or metal edges.

Canvas Wall Art With full wrap canvasses that are set to hang. These canvases do not need a frame. They have a thick base behind them to make them standout on the wall.

Acrylic Wall Art Is very fashionable right now, either with clear or black backgrounds. Very understated and very elegant.

Photo Boxes A very popular choice right now for a collection of prints. All prints are perfectly sized and presented in a traditional box in linen or gloss finishes.

Albums and Coffee Table Books The old fashioned image album is almost a thing of the past now. With modern printing you can have wonderful, modern books that look absolutely amazing.

Screensavers/Slideshows We specialize in producing interesting on-screen displays which can either be used on your computer or shown on your TV screen. For slideshows what can be better than a 5 minute show with songs and movement that really brings home your cherished keepsakes.

You can see lots of samples at the studio or on your viewing selection. You can select from a wide range of colors and styles to fit your decor.

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