Dec 23, 2017

Film for the Holidays

For me this year, my 35mm film of choice is Kodak Vision 3 500T tungsten-balanced 35mm film from the Film Photography Project. It's intended for motion picture use and usually sold in 400' rolls, but thanks to Michael and the gang at FPP it's available in 35mm cassette format to shoot in still cameras.
Film color balanced for tungsten light. Note the color of the late afternoon winter outdoor light in the background.
As the name implies, it's a 500 speed film, but I've shot it at 1000 to be able to use indoor light without a flash. I developed it myself in c-41 at the initial stage of 4:15 instead of 3:30, as per box instructions when pushing a stop.
Dad's high school scholar blanket, Class of 1954. 
As expected, a lot of grain showed up and the shadows were pretty noisy when I tried to scan. All in all, though, I'd call it a success. I'm in the middle of a second roll and would like to have a third done by the time I'm done with New Year's Day.  We shall see.
Plenty of noisy grain in those shadows. Not sure why I scanned this with less contrast than the others. 
I've previously shot the daylight-balanced, ISO 50 version of this film also with some success, but it's been a few years. Now that I'm getting more comfortable developing my own c-41, I just might get a 100' bulk roll of it (also available from FPP) to shoot it outdoors this coming year.
Our small town 'Living Nativity' scene lit up with tungsten lights. 
I'm also working on a holiday project that will involve the use of some indoor flash. No problem with that light source being a different color. I have plenty of gels and will use the proper one to balance all of that out.
Our hearth at Christmas time.I like that I don't have to use flash if there is enough indoor light available.
So Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. I'll have some year-end posts up before long, including my annual 'Directions' post. 

Dec 11, 2017

Salvaging a roll

I came to the conclusion that I had a faulty shutter on my Canon A1 this past fall. In doing so, I decided to discontinue the roll of Ilford PanF+ that was inside, winding it and setting it aside for the time being. I came across that roll while looking for an item in my camera bag the other night, and souped it in d-76 1:1 that I had already mixed up. Truth be told, I forgot that I had even shot it until I pulled the negatives out of the final rinse and held them to the light. Sure enough, several of the frames were intermittently dense, telling me that I made the right decision to quit using that camera and send it in for a CLA and possible repair. The good news is that the camera will be ready to go soon, possibly before the new year.

I only had shot about 18 total frames on that roll, and roughly a third of them were obviously unusable even before scanning. A few of them worked quite well, though. It had been awhile since I shot any PanF+, and I had forgotten how much I loved that tiny grain structure when developed in d-76.

These images are from two different locations: Astoria, on the upper left hand corner of Oregon, and McNary Dam on the Columbia River, which is only about 10 miles from my house and a place where I frequently take my camera.

From our trip to Astoria last summer, and wishing I had brought my 70-210mm with me.

A fish ladder at McNary Park.

PanF+ works a lot better out of the bright sun. 

I have no idea why I set these up like this.

Another view from Astoria. Pity we didn't have good clouds on this trip.