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Marsden Street

I don’t have a lot to say about this other than it caught my eye. Possibly because of the way it was lit, but most probably because of the big tangle of cables.

Marsden Street

Minolta SRT 101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Kodak Tri-X (expired circa 2000-ish). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 31 August 2020

7 thoughts on “Marsden Street

  1. Nicely balanced exposure, I have to say. Tri-X is among my favorite black and white films, especially when pushed by a few stops, but in this case, I think the lower contrast really saved a lot of detail. I’ve been in the process of reviewing various film stocks to get a sense of their qualities and to help others get a better idea of what they might like to spend their money on. Film ain’t cheap any more, and not everyone is prepared/should shoot expired. With that said there are a couple of expired film stocks that I’ve been dying to shoot including Fuji Pro 160NS. Any tips for shooting expired?

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    1. Thanks Tobias.

      My general rule of thumb for expired films is:

      Colour negative – Overexpose by one stop per decade of expiry. e.g 20 year old 400asa film would be shot at 100asa.

      B&W Negative – Overexpose 1/2 stop per decade of expiry. e.g. 20 year old 400asa film would be shot at 200asa (as in the case of the image in this blog post).

      Reversal film – I’ve not shot enough to have formed an opinion, but would probably overexpose slightly, maybe 1/2 stop regardless of age. I’ve seen other people advising to just shoot at box speed, but be prepared for colour shifts.

      All the above is assuming you don’t know how the film has been stored. If you know it’s been kept refrigerated, then you can probably shoot it at, or close to, box speed.

      Where you don’t know how it’s been stored it’s a bit hit and miss, unless you have multiple rolls of the same film from the same source, in which case you can maybe sacrifice a roll by shooting it at different settings to see what works best and then use these for the other rolls.

      Expired film can be fun to experiment with, but I wouldn’t risk using it for anything important unless you’re confident about how it will perform.

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  2. Very nice light, there.

    It’s amazing how well decently-stored TRI-X can hold up. I recently shot some from 1993 that other than moderately elevated base fog, and perhaps just a tiny increase in grain, looks pretty close to new, I think. I like the old TRI-X better than today’s stuff.

    If you choose to upload additional frames, I look forward to seeing more from this roll.

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    1. Thanks P. I don’t think this batch *was* stored particularly well (the seller said it had just been rattling about in a box in his house for the last 10-20 years!), so I’m all th emore please at how it’s turned out. I’ve got three more rolls of it.

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