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The best kept secret in Eastern Nebraska and a photographers dream!

Ft. Atkinson is located 8 miles North of interstate I-80 in Omaha. It is in the town of Ft. Calhoun and is part of the Nebraska State Park System.

Building on Ft Atkinson NE

Building on Ft Atkinson NE

Building on Ft Atkinson NE

Building on Ft Atkinson NE

Interior Ft Atkinson Nebraska

Interior Ft Atkinson Nebraska

The fort was the first to be established west of the Missouri River and was originated in 1819. It was no longer utilized after 1827. The fort was reconstructed in the 80’s and 90’s. The fort included a number of frontiersman including trappers, traders, and soldiers. It had over 1000 residents.

Initially an encampment was established along the river below the bluffs in 1819. The winter was brutal, supplies were low and scurvy was prevalent. The fort was moved up to the bluff and named Ft Atkinson.

Re-enactments are held regularly at the fort. Below are some examples of the individuals involved.

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

This was taken with a 4×5 speed graphic click here to see the extreme detail ¬†file:///C:/Users/steve/Desktop/b&w-external/img254.html

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

The upper four photos were taken with a speed graphic using Ilford hp5+ film developed in Ilfosol.

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

More information can be found at this link http://www.fortatkinsononline.org/

Why process T-max CN film in B&W developer? Because you can!

I found about 20 rolls of Tmax 400 CN film. This film is a monochromatic film that is processed in C41 chemistry. Since the film was 120 the number of places that process the film have decreased considerably in recent years. Rather than deal with the expense and hassle of finding a processor I started doing a little research and found that some people got results processing the film in d76. So I tried processing several rolls in d76 for 14 minutes at 70 degrees F. The processed film has a brownish mask but scans surprisingly well. I wouldn’t suggest you use this combination for important photos but it works well enough if you’re just having fun. I tried processing one roll in HC110 and got a denser negative that was not as sharp and much grainier. All images were photographed with a twin lens Rolliflex. The samples below were all scanned with an Epson v500. The last image of the woman was processed in HC110.

Council Bluffs Cemetery tmax 400cn film developed in d76

Council Bluffs Cemetery
tmax 400cn film developed in d76

Council Bluffs cemetery photographed with tmax 400CN film

Council Bluffs cemetery photographed with tmax 400CN film

Old Pontiac photographed with Tmax400 CN processed in d7

Old Pontiac photographed with Tmax400 CN processed in d7

Fort Atkinson re-inactor photographed with Tmax 400CN

Fort Atkinson re-inactor photographed with Tmax 400CN