Lloyd/Maggie/Steve: Thank you all!
Mike/Anthony: Great photos! +1, +1, as noted above.
The usual hangout and suspects. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Matt.
1. M7; Kodak Ektar 100 VS
2. M7; Kodak 100 T-Max
3. M7; Kodak 100 T-Max
4. M7; Kodak 100 T-Max
Matt, great tones (and tunes) from that Tmax!
How do you like the M7? I keeping lusting for one but never really pull the trigger.
Matt, these are even better than the ones in the digital Nikon forum! Maggie´s right; give us the sound of these lovely people! I always loved the sadness of the saw - when played well! :-)
F2, FM2, D700, 3,5/20 UD, 2/35, 3,5/55, CV 2,5/75 (all ai or ai´d), 1,8/85 af-d,
Feeling a little gritty today....HP5+ @ 1600 in Rodinal
1.2 nokton /M2
1.2 nokton /M2
heat & Sorrows
Maggie: Nice work. I esp. like "Tree Trunks" and of course "wary bunn". And, thanks for posting the link.
Scott: Excellent grit. I love the first one with the banner. You chemists have all the fun!
Helen: "Unfortunate Grit" and "Heat and Sorrows": very powerful, sad, images.
Thanks, all, for sharing. Cheers, Matt.
Maggie...You R Tearing It Up!!! Great Work! Your Mum Shots Are Always Special!
I'm a bit surprised and completely delighted to see that I don't absolutely need a meter in my camera. I guess I've been paying closer attention to exposure settings on my Nikon and M8 all these years than I thought, because, at least with ISO 400, exposures are pretty easy to see. Of course, it helps shooting B&W negative film, which is hard to screw up. I've had issues, shall we say, with Ektar 100 in my M's. I'm not so bulletproof with that, I'm afraid.
Scott, I am loving your framing and you sense of moment, but I can't hep but wonder how your photos would look with a bit more contrast. Bring me a true black or a blown-out highlight now and then and I think I'd be absolutely IN LOVE!
a fan already
So, I heard about this low cost private-label XP-2 Plus from Photo Warehouse, so I ordered the minimum number of rolls (14) and shot some this weekend out at the airport, where Cessna was bringing in Special Olympics athletes on bizjets. No credentials for me, so I watched the watchers, so to speak. Here's a few shots from that first roll of generic XP-2 Plus, via the M4-P and Jupiter-8:
Umbrellas, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
Credentials Tent, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
Helping Out, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
Waiting For Harrison, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
(Harrison Ford piloted his Gulfstream for the airlift and all these folks said they were just there to see him.)
A Planespotter Catches One, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
It was around 97ºF, with a heat index of 109ºF that afternoon. Underexposure was NOT a problem!
This was taken during the summer of 1971. I'd just graduated from high school. We were working on an original musical, a serious piece of theatre that was so serious that we never quite finished it. M2, DR Summicron, Tri-X.
Nice shots everyone. Jim -- I like your shot and the tone you have given it. Nice to see you doing some stuff with film along with all your nice images in the MFD thread!
Maggie -- do you have any crops from your photos...the first and second seem really grainy for XP2...XP2 should be essentially grainless, at least in my experience. What does the returned film itself look like? Does it have any markings, and what color is the film base? I am just curious...
I'll attach a 100% zoom of the original .tif scan of the two frames you mentioned.
I'm thinking it might be the film, because when I have the local Walgreens do my Kodak BW400CN, I get gorgeous, grain-less frames with near-medium-format tonalities. This stuff looks more like Tri-X in Rodinal. (Which is OK, as I really like that look, but it's not what I was expecting.)
I took two more rolls of of, one at the airport and one around the neighborhood and took those to a local photo lab for processing yesterday. I should have them back (along with a roll of Ektar) by this evening. Maybe they'll be more in line with our expectations of what XP-2 is supposed to look like.
What do you make of all this Stuart?
I like the look of them too- it's a more traditional B&W film look to my eye, so I'm pleased, if a bit surprised.
Here's a few more from that roll:
Windsock Corner, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
Grounded Bush Pilot, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
Planespotting, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
Hat Lady & Ice Cream Truck, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
Mother and Daughter, Special Olympics Citation Airlift, July, 2010
Maggie -- I am not sure, it does look grainier than what I remember, but it might be normal. I will try to look at my negs again and see if that is normal. Do you know what dpi they scanned at? Or at least what are the dimensions of the file? That should let me figure out the scale of the grain compared to mine. The grain on mine does not look that different, but it is at 100% on a 3200dpi scan.
Don't get me wrong, the photos look nice and they have nice tones, but I have only shot XP2 in medium format, so I may be just used to a much finer grain look. Also, XP2 negs should look pink or reddish brown, not dark grey. At least not usually...anyway, it seems like they work at least!
Yes, in this context it does. If those are 100% at 4000, then that grain looks like it could be normal. I will double check when I get to work tomorrow.
I might try developing a roll in 1:100 Rodinal just to see what happens.
But this film, whatever it really is, is much grainier than the XP-1 or BW400CN I've used. Not that that's a bad thing, but if anyone is thinking about ordering some, they should know that.