I’ve gotten away from my black and white roots.
When I first got my infamous $3 camera, I needed a roll of film to try it out with. I couldn’t think of anything better than Kodak 400CN, a black and white film that can be developed in regular C-41 color chemistry virtually anywhere. Even better, a local shop had an expired roll for $2. If I were Warren Buffett, I can’t help but think my photography would be different.
This is just a door in an alley in Virginia, but I like it.
Kodak 400CN approximately twelve months outdated, Fuji Smart Shot II (the “smart” part always makes me laugh, becaue I feel like an idiot for using it).
The set of Washington, D.C. images to which this belongs is actually among the first few rolls of true black and white I’ve shot (in fact, the second and third rolls, not including C-41 black and white films). I was very nervous to develop them and held off for more than a month for fear of damaging them, but it turned out that the results were less spectacular than I had hoped for. Apparently the work I’ve done since has taught me a lot, particularly about shooting in extreme sunlight at mid-day. Unfortunately, sometimes you can choose your times and places, and sometimes you can’t. D.C. is an extremely interesting and photogenic city, and I hope that I’ll get another chance soon (would snow be too much to ask for? Does it snow in D.C.?).
This is from the T-Max roll. There was only one narrow angle from the top of this building that wasn’t covered with dirty glass as I recall, and this was snuck through the gap. It actually came out much better than I expected, which makes up for all of the shots I don’t like from this day.
Kodak T-Max 400, Clayton F76+, a little toning for interest.
This mural is in Philadelphia. It caught my eye in the low light, and as a result most of the shots have motion blur (this was in the borrowed N75, which has a very slow 28-90). Today I got four rolls’ worth of scanned negatives back from the drugstore (CVS again, but everyone here uses the same automated color-calibrated junk), and the three rolls of black and white are more unimpressive than ever. Contributing to the visual train wreck is the fact that one roll (the origin of Alone I) was pushed two stops and another was pushed one. The decrease in shadow detail drives the scanners crazy.
While the black and white rolls are extremely unimpressive, the color roll came out fairly well (most of the scans worked, although the pictures tend towards the uninteresting and poorly photographed). I normally don’t shoot film for color, but an expired roll at the local camera shop caught my eye.
Fuji NPS 160 expired 2007.
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