35mm · Film photography · Photography

Keep absolutely still. It’s vision is based on movement.

A few weeks ago my wife an I visited some local garden centres to see if they had their Christmas sections in place (they did, of course, it was late October – practically the big day already!). While wandering around the displays in one I spotted this festive T-Rex and the terrified snowman quaking in the background. The snowman was literally shivering – some mechanism causing it’s movement – and it amusingly reminded of the words spoken by Alan Grant in Jurassic Park when the T-Rex escapes its paddock.

I’m quite surprised the picture turned out ok – it wasn’t well lit in there and I have no control over the XA3’s shutter speed or aperture.

It's vision is based on movement

Olympus XA3 & Ilford Delta 400 . Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 31 October 2022


3 thoughts on “Keep absolutely still. It’s vision is based on movement.

  1. Ha! That’s great. Delta 400 has quite a lot of latitude. People talk about modern tabular/core-shell stocks as if they have terrible latitude, but I’ve never experienced that. On the contrary, I’ve always found them rather forgiving, even if they’re not quite as flexible as some traditional cubic stocks. The more modern emulsions are not my favorites, but still, I can’t help but be impressed by them. Technologically, the Delta and T-MAX films really are impressive.

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  2. Delta 100 is a very nice film. In some developers it’s very creamy with a huge tonal range, and nearly grain-less at typical scan/print sizes. It’s every bit as impressive as T-MAX 100 in these regards, in my opinion, at least. T-MAX 100 is better when high contrast is desired, based on my own experiences. My biggest issue with all these stocks, the Deltas and T-MAXes, is, unsurprisingly, the cost. It’s gotten beyond absurd. I haven’t bought any in a couple of years as a result.


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