Back after somewhat of a hiatus. Busy with projects, photographic endeavors (testing new developer film combinations), making firewood, reading good books, and a very busy clinical schedule during the day.
I was on occasion, getting mottled skies with PMK developer, and being primarily a landscape photographer, the outcome was not appreciated and required significant salvage work with Photoshop post-processing efforts. I had read for a number of years that PMK users often switched to Sandy King's Pyrocat HD developer, to remedy this and other issues, including the fact the Pyrocat HD is much less toxic. I am in my third round of testing, attempting to dial in exposure and development times for Ilford HP5+ and FP4+, using distilled water. I will publish my times here when satisfied. So far I have been thrilled with the increase in sharpness.
Almost three feet of snow in two days, just following 50F days that were like Spring. It has been too cold and windy to get out with the snow blower at night, but I will be able to do that on Saturday. It is light and dry snow so the RAV4 has no problem in the drive. Sunday it is likely to go up to 20F and will be my first opportunity to snowshoe this year. The HolgAngulon 612 Pan would be a good travel companion that is exceptionally light. The mature aspen that line the cliffs at Wolverine Nordic Trails will make nice subjects in black and white.
"The best things said come last. People will talk for hours saying nothing much and then linger at the door with words that come with a rush from the heart." ~Alan Alda