Category Archives: Leica MP

Magpie Mine, Peak District

Exploring Magpie Mine Magpie Mine in the Peak District is a disused lead mine, one of five on the site which is enclosed by a stone wall. The other four shafts are known as Great Red Soil, Horsesteps, Maypit and Dirty Red Soil. Magpie Mine was opened in 1740 and closed in 1958. It was…

Storm at Robin Hood’s Stride

Storms come and go and and a good storm always leave me inspired.  Wild weather brings life to our often flat-white skies and adds a measure of drama to a scene.  This not-too-old silver birch took a whupping for a while but came through unscathed, gave itself a shake in the breeze to offload the…


Having just processed a couple of rolls of film, 1 Adox Silvermax and 1 Fuji Acros 100, I randomly selected a negative from each roll for scanning .  Whilst the Imacon was doing it’s work, it occurred to me the the two negatives by coincidence have a few things in common:  they were both taken…

  • Ruediger HartungJuly 6, 2016 - 10:04 pm

    Steve, I am very much in favour of your photographs. And I agree: Silvermax is a good choice. Last weekend I gave a role – exposed @50 ASA and developed in Silvermax for N-1 – a trial in order to get rid of buring & dodging skys and shadows. I also used preexposure of the negatives to bring up the shadow details.
    So density curve turned out to be quite flat and looking at my negatives I had no good feeling for printing them. But surprisingly tonality was even better and the whole scene from white clouds to shadows under trees could be printed on one paper grade without any efforts. Moreover I did some shots of a colour map and found that grey tones of colours showed much more difference as you receive with normal exposure and development.

    So Silvermax has much more to offer using pushing, pulling or pre-exposure.

    I see a good chance Silvermax and it’s creator Adox will stay in the market for some years to come, especially because here in Germany there is a little renaissance in analogue photography.

    Warm regards


    • Steve WaltonJuly 25, 2016 - 11:26 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, Ruediger! I’m pleased your first trial with Silvermax has gone well! Regards, SteveReplyCancel

Adox Silvermax

Adox claim an extended tonal range for Silvermax.  I don’t know about that but I do like this film, it has punch and I rarely use anything faster than 100 iso.   Unless I want a stop or more slower, Adox Silvermax sits well with my more usual Acros 100 or Delta 100:  Acros 100…

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  • James McKennaApril 6, 2017 - 4:45 am

    Thank you so much for the description of your testing including the processing steps you followed, I particularly like your instructions for HP5 in overcast conditions.ReplyCancel

Steve Walton Cameracraft Magazine Portfolio

Delighted to receive the latest copy of Camercraft magazine today to find one of my images has been used on the front cover and an 8-page portfolio of my monochrome landscape work inside the magazine!  The accompanying article explains my preference for film photography and Fuji, Hasselblad, Cambo and Leica film cameras.  Cameracraft was launched…