Sizifo -- Tri-X works well in just about anything. It really depends on the look you are going for.
Xtol is a fantastic standard developer -- it is very sharp, fine grained, maintains true film speed, and has nice tonality. It is also good for pushing. It is Kodak's most advanced developer, and their best from a technical standpoint. DD-X is somewhat similar, but uses a more standard developing agent (it is a hydroquinone developer, while Xtol is sodium ascorbate).
If you are looking for the old standard, try it in D-76 1+1 (or ID11 1+1). That is the classic photojournalist formulation, and it is one of the most commonly used film/developer combos. It is a great general combo -- good sharpness and tonality.
On the other end of the spectrum, Rodinal is another special case. Rodinal is very sharp, gives a strong salt and pepper grain, and wonderful, irreproducible tonality. Rodinal just has a look -- sharp, textured and great tones.
If you want to keep the grain down, you can try Perceptol, for which you will have to sacrifice some film speed and sharpness, but you will be rewarded with very fine grain.
One final more specialty option would be Diafine. Diafine is a two bath developer that gives fantastic speed (Tri-x is native at 1250 in it), good grain, and a compensating effect (it compresses the highlights and shadows so it is good for contrasty light).
Let me see if I can find some samples:
This is Tri-x in Rodinal 1+50 or 1+100...semi-stand I think.
This is in Xtol I think...
I think this is also Xtol...
Not a great photo, but I remember that this is diafine...
Wow. Thanks for the extensive answers. These will get printed for future answers. I'm looking forward to experimenting.
Presumably that last one is not Tri-X but some lower speed film? Otherwise it looks really clean for iso1250. Or did you "pull" process (hopefully that's the right term).
No, it is Tri-x at 1250 -- diafine has very low grain for the speed. The only issue is that it locks in the speed at 1250 -- you cannot push or pull. The process runs to completion. It also does not give the same nice tonality that you can get from normal developers...the results tend to be pretty gray.
Some more from the Tahoe trip
Panasonic GH1/G1, Canon FTb(n)/F-1, Mamiya C330F/RB67 Pro SD, Chamonix 45N-2, Nikon F5 + Assorted Lenses
Very nice Dragos! I like the Flying A's the best...
Maggie -- Thank you so much! I am sorry I did not see this earlier. That is very nice of you to say. It is one of my favorite photos I have taken, but I fear I post it too often as I tend to use it for examples like the lens used, tri-x in rodinal, etc etc.
Recent Scenes from Indonesia
Fuji Superia 200
Two from London
Both Hasselblad 80mm Planar, Tri-X
m_driscoll: Thank you very much.
I busted out some old negs from my Nikon F3 with the 28/2.8 Nikkor lens.
Tri-X in D-76, on location for my short film, "Waitressing For Godot."
Joesph Goodrich And Mario Lang, February, 1987
Katrina Harrison, February, 1987
Terri And John, February, 1987
And back at home...
IR Mirror, My Old House, 1986
Kodak IR B&W film
Bonnie, Fenceline, 1987
Best collie EVER.
Ah, my youth as an art school film and photography student!
Those are really nice Maggie! I really like the shot of the cars from above.
Very nice photos and I'm impressed by the scanning Maggie.
Here are two from Berlin last weekend. Tri-X and Tmax developer. I also have some HP5 with Tmax dev that I'll try and post later - this combination looks really good to me.
I like both of these, but am very happy with the second. However, this may just be related to the fact I took ages to get the composition and exposure exactly how I wanted (or pretty close).
Thank you, sizifo! You really did nail the exposure and composition on those two shots: they're fantastic!!
Here are three photos from a 1979 marching band trip my high school band made to North Platte, Nebraska. I used my Canonet QL17 G-III, Illford HP5 (developed in D-76, IIRC) and was fourteen when I took these shots!
Mark Villwok, North Platte, NE, 1979
Greg Schneekloth, Mark Villwok and Carl Persson, North Platte, NE, 1979
Kim's Jeans, North Platte, NE, 1979
Great shots everyone! Maggie....your photos from Minneapolis, especially the one of Nicollet Mall really took me back in time. For a couple of years I walked, bicycled or took the bus down Nicollet Mall nearly every day, either to work (in the IDS building...the tall one in your photo) or over to the U of Minn campus. That is such a perfect photo of the Mall. Here's one of mine on Nicollet Mall....taken with a Cambo 4x5 near Orchestra Hall (about a block away from where you were standing...what a coincidence). A little too much "perspective control" at the top of the IDS tower in my image, unfortunately.
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Thanks, Gary! I loved living in the Twin Cities. Such a great place, even with the crazy weather.
Looks like they were still working on the City Center hotel (forget the name, something starting with "A" tho') when you made your photo! Gotta love that mid-day Minnesota Winter sunlight, eh?
Loved your photos above from the 1979 marching band trip! You showed alot of talent at an early age.
The ones of Joe and John were also excellent. Looks like a walk around Loring Park in Minneapolis (or someplace very similar), if I'm not mistaken.
The shots with Joe and company were shot on the Carleton College campus in Northfield, Minnesota on a cold, but thankfully not windy day. Northfield is a great little town, with two top-notch Liberal Arts colleges, Carleton and St. Olaf. My friend Katrina (seen in the photos, too) is the daughter of professors from each of those schools.
Another in the series of urban or semi urban landscapes around LA. This is a seismic sensor in the Santa Monica Mountains. Mamiya 7. 65mm lens. T-Max 100 I think.
The Mamiya 7 with any lens is crazy. I am really holding myself back -- there is a very nicely priced Mamiya 6 here, no lens though unfortunately. But it is very tempting...a 6x6 Mamiya 7 with a collapsible lens mount...tempting...
It's a wonderful photo. Most of the Mamiya stuff on this thread looks stunning.
I've been having a lot of fun pushing HP5 with Tmax to iso1600. Here are some contrasty scenes made ridiculously contrasty with the pushing. It's the hasselblad. Obviously all are cropped in one way or another.
A jogger. The tonality here is beautiful I think.
I forgot to mention two things -- 1. Yes, it is a great photo! It really does look like an alien ship. 2. It's odd, because we are a huge earthquake area here too, and I have seen some of these around. Ours look different though. Still like an alien craft, but slightly different. I don't have a picture of one, but there is one right near this area, on the road to a place called Djúpavatn:
It's not far from where this burnt out car was...
And this is digital, but it is right to the right of my bike! Out of frame of course. I will take a picture next time I am out there...it's only a little ways out of town...30 minutes or so.
The seismic sensor image is one I've always liked, but thought it was too weird for the general population. Sometimes I shoot these things for my own personal amusement. Glad y'all liked it.
Here's some E-6 - either Fuji or Ektachrome - I don't recall, shot off the coast of Santa Barbara for an anti offshore oil drilling poster I did for the Sierra Club and the National Oceans Conference in Monterey back when Clinton was still in office. A SB lawyer took me out in a 35 ft motor boat and I acted as my own gyro. Everything was fine until I got back to dry land, where I was nauseous for the next three days. Drum scanned on the Howtek. Shot with an old F4 and a Nikon 80-200 2.8.
Maggie - I agree about the old T-Max400. I never liked it all all. It was just weird, no umph like Tri-X or even Plus-X, but that being said, I like your image nevertheless. I do wonder how it would look if there was just a hint of detail in the blown out highlight in the upper left.
Here's a Tri-X (still one my favorite films in any format, that and Ektapan 4X5) Holga image from Bodie that I kinda like
Maggie - I've been able to pull incredible highlight detail from the densest of negs, but on the Howtek drum scanner. Maybe you've run into a limitation of the Nikon there. I apparently don't have the image here on this laptop I was thinking about - a ten second handheld DianaF image that I almost through out because it was so dense, so this'll have to do instead... T-Max100, #29 Filter RZ67 50mm
Anthony, The black and white of the last set is beautiful.
pfigen, The holga photo is gorgeous. I feel like you could reach out and grab that headlight. Once again "it isn't the gear...."
Maggie, You must have a treasure of old film. I am really enjoying your blast from the past.
"Once again "it isn't the gear...." This is so true, and to think I got hassled on Sunday at Universal City Walk (only there because my girlfriend was playing music) for having what the nineteen year old security guard deemed a "professional" camera. If he only knew.