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Big BOGO Film Sale This Weekend

Big BOGO Film Sale This Weekend

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Hello film lovers! As you may know, I’ve just relocated to Clearwater, Florida.
And I’m finally ready to get back to full capacity.
I have at least three new 35mm films I’ll be introducing in the coming months, but this weekend, I’m offering ONE FREE ROLL of FILM with every item purchased!!
So: Order a three pack, get one roll free.
Order a two pack, get one roll free.
Order one roll, get one roll free!!!
Order one packet of our Caffenol Concoction Natural Alternative Developer, get one roll of film free!

We have some of the most intriguing films available including :

Labeauratoire’s BLACKOUT, Kodak High Contrast HCP 5369, Hawkeye Surveillance Film, VariCath Cineradiography Film, ORWO Color NC3, ORWO PC7, Eastman Plus-X 5231 Cinematic, Lucky 200 Aerial Chinese Spy Film, Polypan F 50 Professional, Ilford Mark V, ORWO NP55, ORWOPAN , Velvia RVM 8540, Eastman Ektachrome 7239,  Labeauratoire’s Phoenix Red-Scale, Eastman Double-X 5222 , Kodak Kodalith, Eastman High Contrast SO-331, Tura Pan Line Film (AKA Bluefire Police), Svema MZ-3, Eastman 5360DMP, Kodak Rapid Process Copy Film, ORWO UN54, Ferrania FG200, Ferrania, Perutz Perpantic, AGFA Agfachrome CRD, ORWO NP 7 400, Eastman FGSR5375 Fine Grain, Kodak Aerecon II 3404, Kodak REPRO 2566, MACO UP 400 plus, Imation Scotch Color HP 100, VALCA grano fino Cine, Polaroid HD 200 Def 1, Cinerad FT419X, Kodak Ektachrome 64T EPY, Kodak Ektacolor Pro Gold 160, Gevaert Copex Pan Rapid, Kodak Holographic SO-253
And More to come soon!!!
I’ll be selecting the free rolls based on what I have available.
They will be either 12 or 20 exposure rolls. (depending on how much you order)
Offer expires Monday Morning, so get your orders in soon and I’ll get to rolling and packing them. You might even be able to save a bit on combined shipping if you simply eMail me with your order and I can send you the PayPal invoice.
Mention code: BOGO215 with your order.
I don’t put direct commerce links on WordPress, but you know how to find “Labeauratoire”.
Hope you have a good weekend, and as always…
Happy Shooting!
~ Lance


Butcher Brings Majestic Everglades to Coconut Grove

Acclaimed large-format nature photographer Clyde Butcher will be opening a new gallery in Coconut Grove, Miami this February.

The prolific photographer is set to attend the grand opening of his new “Everglades Gallery,” located at 2994 McFarlane Road on Friday, February, 13, (a great Valentine’s Day date.) Butcher will also be on hand at an invitation-only V.I.P. event on Tuesday evening, January 13, to give a keynote presentation at 8pm.

The new gallery apparently opened its doors for a while during the holidays, as reported in this Coconut Grove Grapevine Article:

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The Clyde Butcher Facebook Page also posted some pictures of the gallery set-up in progress:

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Butcher’s majestic black and white photographs are surely among the most moving representations of Florida’s vanishing wilderness you’ll ever see.  As I stated before in my review of his “Preserving Eden” exhibition, Butcher is one of the greatest American landscape photographers and clearly one of the hardest-working men in the business.

This Coconut Grove “Everglades Gallery” joins Butcher’s other two venues, the “Big Cypress Gallery” in Ochopee, and “The Venice Gallery & Studio” just south of Sarasota, which also houses his 2000 sq. ft. darkroom.

So take note Miami, you now have no excuse not to go see the work of this living legend for yourself.


Film shop temporarily closed, relocating to Sunshine State!

Greetings from Labeauratoire, (LA-BOW-RA-TWAR) your online source for rare and interesting vintage photographic film.

frame #7 – Palm frond in Palm Harbor, Florida. FILM: Fujichrome Velvia RVM 8450 Motion Picture Film (expired 2008)  CAMERA: Ricoh 500GX (Black 1977)

If you haven’t heard already, I must inform you that I’m moving to Florida, so I must pack up my little shop and have it all in storage for a while, which means I must close the online store for a bit starting at the end of October 2014. No orders will be allowed and I won’t have access to the products until my move is complete which could take several weeks or more.

This also means that once I re-open, the Shipping Charges will unfortunately be increased for most customers in Europe. While the prices for US customers will likely stay the same, they will be getting their orders much faster.

However, If you have been thinking of trying our Caffenol Concoction, you can still get that while I’m closed through our great distributors in the US and Europe.

Labeauratoire's Caffenol Concoction

In USA check out:
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In Europe try:

I have tested my Caffenol Concoction on dozens of different films.

FILM: Eastman High Contrast Pan Intermediate Film SO-331 (expired 2003)

 

Here is just a partial list of film’s I have developed successfully using this recipe: Ilford HP5, Ilford Mark V, Ilford 3200 Pro, PolyPan F, Bergger BRF-200 , Fuji NeoPan 400, Kodak Panatomic-X, Kodak T-Max 400, Kodak T-Max 3200, Kodak Tri-x, Kodak Plus-X, Kodak Kodalith, Eastman Double-X, Eastman High Contrast Pan 5369, Eastman Super-XX Nitrate Film, Eastman FGSR5375 Fine Grain Movie Film, Eastman High Contrast SO-331, Tasma 64, ORWO NP30, ORWO NP20, ORWO NP22, ORWO NP55, ORWO NP27, ORWO Pan 100, ORWO Pan 400, ORWO MA8, ORWO PC7, ORWO N74, ORWO UN54, AGFA Pan 25, AGFA APX 400, Forte Pan 400, Lucky SHD 400, Perutz Perpantic 17, Macophot 400, Vari-X VariCath, FomaPan 200, FomaPan T800, and there are too many more to list here, but you can check out this gallery of pictures developed in our Caffenol Concoction.

CAFFENOL CONCOCTION FLICKR SET

 

You may not know that I was one of the very first to be gathering old stocks of vintage film to preserve and make available for your experimenting pleasure. Many have joined the bandwagon since I opened my little online store in early 2010, and I know you now have other places you can shop. So I thank you for your continued support.

Soon after I re-open, I’ll send out another notice with the new shipping rates and maybe even announce a new film or three 😉

Thanks again, and Happy Shooting!

Sincerely, Lance

PS: If you haven’t already, please join our Flickr group where people are posting their exciting results from our Caffenol Concoction and from our vintage films: www.flickr.com/groups/labeauratoire/


Letting go of MY LAST THREE ROLLS of Eastman Super-XX film.

Tonight I will be letting go of MY LAST THREE ROLLS of Eastman Super-XX film.

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I have used, sold, traded and shared more than 200 rolls of this rare film from the 1940s and these are my very last three rolls. We’re not likely to find any more usable stock of this film, so don’t miss this last chance to try it out yourself! My auction will go live today at 22h26 Brussels Time, (4:26pm Florida Time, 1:26pm in California Time). Auction links are not allowed here, but I think you all know where to look for it if you’re interested. Contact me if you don’t.

2-rolls are 24 exposures, and 1-roll is 20 exposures.

 

Another rare vintage find, this is some of the oldest film I have ever shot with. Eastman Super-XX is a Vintage Panchromatic B&W Nitrate Film expired in the 1940s !! I took a chance on some old dingy cans of film and was surprised when the film inside looked like new!
Nitrate film was what most of the silent movies were shot on up until the 1940s when “Safety Film” was introduced. Safety film was much less flammable but many say it never gave quite the same look as the old nitrate films. So here’s your chance to shoot on this classic emulsion.
Originally the film speed was around ISO 200 but after more than 60 years in storage it has lost alot and gained quite a significant amount of base fog. I had success shooting it at ISO speeds between 3 and 12 depending on processing.
You can see varying results with different developers. I have had success so far with Rodinal 1+100 and HC-110 (B) – And even Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction!
For safety purposes, do not store this film (even after developed) at tempratures above 85°f. and do not keep negatives under an enlarger lamp for extended periods of time.

 

I’m keeping these rolls inexpensive by re-using old film cassettes and sticking on an artsy label I’ve made just so you know what’s inside. Using a bulk loader I made rolls of approximately 24 exposures each, sometimes a bit more or less and as with most bulk loaded film the very last picture of each roll will not be exposed as that is where it is taped. This is NOT a stock product from Eastman Kodak and I am not proporting to represent that fine company in any manner. This film has no DX code so you will need a camera than can be set to a very slow film speed or use manual exposure.


This is an extremely long expired film which does not produce optimum results and requires special exposure and development. Do not purchase this unless you enjoy experimenting with old film. There are no refunds or returns.

My Examples were shot with a Canon EOS Elan7ne and developed in Rodinal 1+100 for 20 min at 20ºc. – The sepia-colored photos were developed in Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction for 18min at 23°c.

 

 


Super Natural: Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs at the Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs Florida

Butcher is one of the greatest American landscape photographers and certainly one of the hardest-working men in the business. Don’t miss your chance to see some of his magnificent and massive prints in this exhibition:

“Preserving Eden” Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art ~ Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA  North and South Galleries Dec. 8, 2013 – Feb. 16, 2014

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Clyde Butcher – Loxahatchee River #1, 1991
Gelatin silver print, 48 x 72 in., On loan from the South Florida Museum, Bradenton

Clyde Butcher works with a large format view cameras and often traipses out into the Florida Swamps with all his equipment. This is not a simple task and, though he does have helpful assistants, it can be a brutal and arduous journey. But at 71, Butcher is a master of his craft and his herculean efforts produce spectacular results. While many people view landscapes as still and unchanging, Butcher is somehow supernaturally in-tune with his natural surroundings and he waits for the perfect moment to snap his picture like a street photographer would in the urban jungle.

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Clyde Butcher’s unique eye, combined with his patience and attention to detail, allows him to instill the feelings of action and excitement in a seemingly unmoving scene.

This special exhibition at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs includes 35 black and white photographs and allows visitors the opportunity to experience the unique connection Butcher has with natural Florida, and they don’t even have to put on wading boots!

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Butcher takes us on an historic journey, not only into the deepest, darkest corners of the Everglades, but also to the sun-bleached shores of Florida’s beaches, and even to the vanishing green spaces that can be found beside highways and parking lots. He is a man on a mission and that mission is being “deeply committed to recording precious landscapes throughout the world.”

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After their virtual hike through the stunning wilderness, visitors can sit and relax watching a video documentary on Butcher and his work.

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In addition to being one of the greatest living photographers, Clyde Butcher is also one of the most active, and when it comes to his online presence, he has provided many ways for fans to become involved and stay connected.

He provides guided Photo Safari’s and Ec0-Excursions via his website:

Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery

His personal site: clydebutcher.com also has a wealth of biographic and technical information for those gearheads out there.

Butcher’s Facebook Page has more status updates than your thirteen year-old neice’s.

And he even has his own YouTube Channel!

So, take advantage of your chance to see this great exhibition. If not, be sure to check out one of his future events by subscribing to his NEWSLETTER.

IF YOU GO:

“Preserving Eden” Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs

Dec. 8, 2013 – Feb. 16, 2014

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art / 600 Klosterman Road · Tarpon Springs FL 

open Tuesday – Sunday (check for hours)

LRMA@spcollege.edu / (727) 712-5762

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ALL PHOTOS AND TEXT @ LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN


Shooting with Expired Film from 1963!!!

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Frame #7 Rue des Compagnons ~ Mons, Belgium
Eastman Kodak FGSR 5375 Fine Grain B&W Movie Film expired in 1963.
Another new (old) film available now at Labeauratoire in 20 exposure rolls AND 100ft (30 meter) bulk rolls.

Eastman Kodak FGSR 5375 Fine Grain Movie Film expired in 1963 but still giving nice results! This vintage, expired film is now available in 20 exposure rolls and 100ft bulk rolls at Labeauratoire.

Here is a very odd and very old film. FGSR 5375 is actually Fine Grain Sound Recording Film. It was originally developed for use in professional movie cameras that also recorded a sound track with the motion picture. This will work just like normal slow-speed B&W film in your regular 35mm still camera. The “sound track” is just a teeny little strip about 2mm wide on the outside of the sprockets and does not interfere with your image.

Frame #27 Baroc ~ Mons, Belgium – FILM: FGSR 5375 – DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction.

I was lucky enough to get a decent quantity of this film from a military surplus sale and it is obvious that it has been stored very well because it is still giving surprisingly usable images for such an old film. It’s probably been sitting in a bunker somewhere for the past 50 years! This unique film has been used in some interesting projects over the years. Here are a couple of links for reference:

1982  Sacramento Peak Observatory Solar Photography

1973  M.I.T. Strobe Lab Elastic Ballistics

You can also see more pictures shot with this unique film in the:

LABEAURATOIRE FLICKR GROUP

This is certainly not the best quality film you can buy, but it is not
expensive, (especially when bought in bulk!) It’s fun and gives nice
vintage-looking results. It has a gray base and has gained some grain
over the years. It should be shot around ISO/ASA 16.

My examples were shot using a Canon EOS Elan 7ne. All developed in Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction for about 16 minutes at 20°c (or 68°f.)

Frame #22 l’Excelsior ~ Mons, Belgium. – FILM: FGSR 5375 – DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction.

Here’s your chance to try out this exciting film. I’m making some rolls available for your experimenting pleasure. This batch expired in February 1963, but it still works well  as you can see from my test examples.

Frame #6 Lily stares on the stairs. – FILM: FGSR 5375 – DEVELOPER: Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction

I’ve also added several other new (old) films in the Labeauratoire shop, as well as our new Caffenol Concoction Developer.

Reviews coming soon!

Happy Shooting Folks!

~ Lance

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ALL IMAGES © LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN FOR LABEAURATOIRE
PLEASE DO NOT DUPLICATE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Shooting with Eastman Super-XX Nitrate film from the 1940s!

Shooting with Eastman Super-XX Nitrate film from the 1940s!
Developing with Instant Coffee!

Vespas - Super-XX Nitrate film in Caffenol

See this & more Rare films at Labeauratoire. 
Here is another rare vintage find. This is some of the oldest film I have ever shot with. I took a chance on some old dingy cans of film and was surprised when the film inside looked like new!
Nitrate film was what most of the silent movies were shot on up until the 1940s when “Safety Film” was introduced. Safety film was much less flammable but many say it never gave quite the same look as the old nitrate films. So here’s your chance to shoot on this classic emulsion.

Originally the film speed was around ISO 200 but after more than 60 years in storage it has lost alot and gained quite a significant amount of base fog. I had success shooting it at ISO speeds between 3 and 12 depending on processing.
I saw varying results with different developers. I had success so far with Caffenol, Rodinal 1+100 and HC-110 (B) – but I’ll be trying out other developers soon.
For safety purposes, do not store this film (even after developed) at tempratures above 85°f. and do not keep negatives under an enlarger lamp for extended periods of time.

You can see and read more about this rare vintage film here: http://www.labeauratoire.com/film

THIS SHOT:
CAMERA: Canon EOS ELAN 7
LENS: Canon EF 40mm ƒ2.8 Pancake lens
FILM: Eastman Kodak Super-XX Nitrate Film expired 1940s?
DATE: 4/2013
SCANNER:HP Scanjet G4050
DEVELOPMENT:Processed in Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction