Hello our dear supporters!
How are you, medium format camera users? You didn’t think that we forgot about you, did you? Well, we did not. In fact, we have quite a few projects for you in development. And today we are introducing the first one.
After creating a big buzz online last year with our Kickstarter project of bringing back to life direct positive photo paper, we at Galaxy Photography are at it again with our new project - Galaxy Hyper Speed 120.
What is so special about it?
With our first project, we created a new photo paper "Galaxy Hyper Speed" with extraordinary ISO 120, which made it possible to use the paper directly in the analog cameras. Our first project was dedicated to large format and pinhole photographers. Now we are taking the next logical step - introducing this paper to medium format photographers.
Basically, we took the format that was always used for film and replaced film for our photo paper creating new unique (or reviving long well-forgotten - see "The Story" below) photo medium.
However, our 120 photo paper is not a replacement for a classic medium format film. They work and serve us in different settings and situations. Film has a long history of doing a fantastic job for many photography professionals, and we don’t need to advocate it here. But with the film, after you take pictures, you are running the full marathon with all the pit stops - develop film, dry it, use an enlarger, print pictures on paper, and dry the prints.
Galaxy Hyper Speed 120 works differently - you just develop the paper. You don’t even have to go to the darkroom because with our RC-based positive photo paper you can develop your photos using just a changing bag and a small tank, and the pictures can be ready in about 7 - 10 minutes!
If we compare paper to digital, we'll see a big difference between shooting analog media (like film or our paper) and digital camera. The paper gives the raw, vintage feel that is impossible to achieve with digital even with all the filters and effects.
The fact that the spool capacity of analog media is far less than the capacity of a memory card for digital makes you carefully consider the number of shots and think more about what you are aiming to capture before taking the picture. With digital photography, there is a strong impulse to snap over and over numerous frames hoping that at least some will turn out good rather than finding a perfect combination of posing, emotion, light and other factors of a successful photograph.
The artist thinks more about the quality over quantity - shooting fewer frames and getting better results. That is a large part of what makes it special (and in a way – helpful for achieving better results).
Shooting with Galaxy Hyper Speed 120 is also very social. There is so-called “tangible factor”: when people see how in a few minutes paper gets developed and can physically hold this one image in their hands, it is so much more satisfying than scrolling through hundreds of digital images on the screen trying to find the best one.
Whether you are a professional medium format photographer shooting Hasselblad, a photograph artist with Mamiya or Bronica or a hobbyist shooting Holga or Lyubitel from Soviet Era, this unique analog photo paper provides a wealth of opportunity for your creative aspirations.
Without the need for negatives, you will be able to shoot your photos directly onto this high-speed photo paper and enjoy the results of not-so-hard work, creative inspiration and a roll of black-and-white photos.
- You love your medium format camera and use it all the time. With the resurging interest in analog photography, a lot of photographers dug up their cameras from the attics and started shooting them. Whether you always loved classic black-and-white photography or just recently joined its ranks, this project is just for you.
- You think that silver grain beats dye clouds or pixels anytime, in any respect. There is something magical about black-and-white pictures, isn’t it? The composition and the idea of the picture step forward.
- You want to try new media and means of expression because the novelty of digital has worn off for you. Even if you have been shooting digital camera for a very long time, knowing how it all started, will broaden your understanding of photography.
- You shoot both digital and analog but use each medium for its intrinsic qualities. Sometimes you need the convenience of a digital camera, but other times you need the nostalgic look of the classic black-and-white photo. You don’t limit yourself in your artistic expression.
- You want to learn. A photographer that has never tried other formats is just like an oil painter that not even once tried watercolors or electric guitarist that has never even tried to play acoustic guitar. Trying something new might present a new angle on something you already know.
- You want to sharpen your skills. The fact that the number of frames is limited in analog media makes you carefully consider the composition, lighting, exposure and some other factors that lead to a perfect shot.
- You want to use a new medium for your professional activity. Adding classic, retro-looking black-and-white pictures to your professional portfolio will make you stand out in the crowd.
- You just want to help your brothers in arms to keep the art of analog photography alive. Even if you don’t take pictures yourself but still love the art of photography, your help will be greatly appreciated as well! Every contribution counts.
1. Get Galaxy Hyper Speed 120.
2. Insert it in your camera.
3. Take pictures (lots of them!)
4. Load your tank in a changing bag (or process in a dark room if you wish) and develop paper (see instructions below).
5. The pictures are ready in 7 minutes!
1. First Development. This stage is similar to a negative paper (or film) development. Over the entire film/paper, the silver is partially dissolved where it was exposed, creating a negative image.
2. Bleach. The negative image created in the first development stage is now removed. The paper still contains silver in those areas that did not get exposed and developed.
3. Clearing Bath. The stains resulting from the bleach get cleared.
Option A (For Outfit #1):
4. Toner. The remaining silver halides get reduced by a chemical fogging agent in the same way it would happen during exposure to light. The silver gets developed to create the blacks of the final image.
Or Option B (For Outfit #2):
4. Second Exposure. This fogging exposure makes the remaining silver halide develop readily.
5. Second Development. In this step, all the residual silver halide is developed fully to form the positive image. You need to wash your photo material between each step.
As a part of the previous project for direct positive photo paper, we created a Developing Outfit that helps get the best results from our paper. The outfit consists of all the necessary components for each step of the development process. However, right now we are having difficulties with shipping our Developing Outfit #1 abroad. That is why we are creating the Developing Outfit #2 specifically for Western Europe.
The developing process for the Outfit #2 will slightly differ from the development process for the Outfit #1. The main difference will be in the step #4 – you need to take out the paper and expose it to sun or fluorescent lamp. After this step, you need to put the paper in the second developing bath instead of a toner.
The chemicals used in this process description can be dangerous when handled incorrectly. Please, read all the safety precautions written on the box.
"Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and have your picture made for a dime. In less than ten minutes you will have an excellent, handsome likeness of yourself that posterity will point to with pride. Or, build this outfit yourself and take pictures for others." - This is how in 1937 a magazine "Modern Mechanix" was telling about the kind of photography that used to be widely spread.
In 1904 brothers Manuel and Louis Mandel have formed the Chicago Ferrotype Company with a borrowed capital of $50. And In 1907, they introduced several one-minute picture-taking machines to the market. In 1909, they presented the new “Mandel-ette” camera, a new one-minute street camera that made finished pictures instantly inside the camera with a direct positive process.
That was their most popular machine which preserved their names in the history. Several years later, Mandel Post Card Machine was taking pictures directly on postcards without the need for plates or film, printing or the use of a darkroom, and all within a minute’s time.
It was a real blast! This is what newspapers of that time were writing about it:
Before the Great Depression, it was common for photographers, both mighty and low, to wander from town to town, taking photos of people and getting paid on the spot.
We have our very own Mandel PDQ Model H Camera in our collection:
We haven't had the chance to take pictures with it yet, due to several reasons. One - to make it work we need to create an additional enclosure which is not easy. But we still keep our hopes high that one day we will be able to take pictures with it...
If we are successful, the money is targeted for the following specific tasks:
In addition, we would like to mention that our ultimate goal is to make the price for the rolls close to $7-8.
If we raise more than $50,000, we will include a stylish cardboard photo frame with each order. This elegant miniature frame will be a perfect fit for your best shot. It has a pure minimalistic design in black and white, and it will perfectly complement your picture.
We need your help
Whether you have backed our project already, are considering pledging or simply want to help us launch Galaxy Hyper Speed 120 – we need your help. Apart from pledging, you can help us reach our target in a number of ways:
1. Talk about Galaxy Hyper Speed 120 on Social Media. You can chat with us on Facebook or Twitter (@GalaxyPhotoCo), we’re also on Instagram and Youtube. Please like, share, repost, comment, follow, join, support and subscribe.
2. Tell a friend (who loves analog photography) about Galaxy Hyper Speed 120. If you know someone who loves analog photography as much as you do, we’d love for you to share our adventure with them.
3. Share our Kickstarter page on social media. Anywhere you can. The more, the better. This would be a giant help!
4. Share articles about Galaxy Hyper Speed 120 from the press and online news portals. We always see some media coverage of our campaigns, but we’d love you to share it on any social media.
We want you to be in touch with us and want to give you all campaign updates; it also means we can send all our special offers for “Galaxy Inner Circle” too.
It has been more than a year since we decided to join the ranks of photo materials manufacturers. Thanks to the support of photo communities we grew from a group of enthusiasts into a serious company (as we dare to think about ourselves). This year wasn't easy for us, and we went through a lot. Our activity spanned from coordinating the work of several manufacturers and suppliers located on different continents to shipping rewards to more than a hundred countries. But now, as we successfully dealt with these issues, we feel that our company is arising as a new star in the analog photography industry. We believe that we will be able to bring to life a lot of exciting classic photography projects for 35mm film shooters, medium format photographers, for those who like to experiment with alternative process and even for those who use ultra-large format photography. References about us:
Help us in bringing out the future of analog photography, and join us by supporting our campaign for our Galaxy Hyper Speed 120 photo paper that features the brilliant combinations of vintage, retro photography with today's technology!
Risks and challenges
Even though we are taking various precautions and adding more time to solve any possible issues, there still might be some situations that are out of our control.
1) Production risks. Since we will be working with several manufacturers on this project, any disruption in production of even one of them may result in delays. We will need to either wait until they solve the issue or look for another manufacturer, which might take quite some time.
2) Delays in shipping. The number of backers might exceed our expectations, which might result in delayed shipment process.
3) Force Majeure. We can't control everything in this life. Any force-Majeure event, whether it's an earthquake, flood in our office or any other disrupting situation, can cause delays in shipment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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