Photos from the sixties

bil paul’s photographs of the 1960s — an exuberant era

Tech info

After using my simple paper route camera and then several large and clunky Graflex-style cameras, I was introduced to smaller 35mm SLR cameras while in the Army. Most of the photos on this site were shot using 35mm cameras, with the exception of a few shot with a 2-1/4 x 2-1/4” twin-lens reflex camera or a 4×5” viewcamera. Most often, I used Kodak Tri-X film but also from time to time used Plus-X or Kodak 2475 very-high-speed film.

I experimented with various film developers in the many darkrooms I used over the years, most often using variants of D-76, and also D-23, mixing them from scratch. I also experimented with using commercially-prepared developers such as HC-110 and Acufine.

For this Web site, 35mm negatives were scanned with a Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 and improved with Photoshop. Larger negatives were digitized by shooting them with a DSLR.

Currently I shoot with a Canon DSLR and a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra cameraphone.

The Viet Nam film was shot with a Bell and Howell 16mm camera designed for family use. The non-synched sound was taken with a simple tape recorder. Most of the sound was recorded about the same time the footage was shot and other sound was post-recorded to fill gaps.

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