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Rainy day

I fianlly got around to developing a new roll of film today, so I have fresh images to use in the blog. I’ve also got the two rolls I shot yersterday, but one of those will be going to the lab (it’s a roll of Provia 100 and I don’t have the means to develop it at home), and the other (a roll of FP4+) will wait until next weekend. I have 12 potential shots from the roll I developed today though. Or I will when they’re all scanned – I’ve only had time to scan the first three shots so far.

This one was taken a couple of weeks ago on a trip to Doncaster with my wife and sister-in-law. My aim was to try and get “rainy” photos as that’s the theme for the photo-comp this month. Heavy rain had been forecast, so all looked like it might be good to get a bunch of suitable pictures but, in the end, this is the only one I got. I took two more shots on the day, but neither of them feature much rain. The problem was that, while it had rained earlier, when we arrived it had stopped again so all I had to play with was damp streets and heavily-overcast skies. I felt somewhat annoyed by this betrayal by the weather – made worse by the fact that I had to hang around for ages while my wife and her sister did some shopping. Luckily though, the heavens opened for a short while and I was able to get the picture below. It was a very quickly grabbed image, but it fits the theme. It’s not really rained much since that day (at least not when I’ve had opportunity to go out with a camera), so this image will have to suffice.

Knowing it was going to be a glomy day I decided to push the HP5+ to 1600asa to enable useable shutter speeds without opening up the aperture too much for what I wanted to achieve.

Rainy day

Yashicamat 124G & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 1600asa). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 13mins @ 20°

Taken on 8 January 2021

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On a North Sea beach

My plan to get more film developed today has not borne fruit, so for now it means I’ll have to dip into the archive to find a shot (for today at least – I still plan to get another roll developed tomorrow). The good news is that it wasn’t procrastination at fault, but the fact that I went out with the camera this morning and shot a couple of new rolls. I was using the ETRSi, so that should mean 30 more potential shots to feed the fires that keep the blog going.

Today’s photo then is from late spring last year, made during a daytrip my wife and I made to Bridlington, a seaside town on the Yorkshire coast. I thought that I’d posted this one before, but looking through my posts I can’t see it on here. It’s one of my favourites from this roll too.

On a North Sea beach

Olympus XA3 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 27 May 2021

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St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s

A couple of photos of the church at Eckington, St. Peter’s & St. Pauls. The church dates back to the 12th century, although with later additions to the structure.

I’ve pretty much exhausted this roll of film now and need to get the next one developed, which I hope to do tomorrow. Otherwise it’ll be back to dipping into the archive again.

Eckington church
Eckington church

Olympus XA3 & Kodak Tri-X Pan (expired 2003 – shot at box speed and pushed a stop in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Ironmongers

When so much has moved to “big box” retailers in the home improvement field these days, it’s nice to see a more traditional independent store such as this ironmongers in the town of Eckington. Shops like this are far more interesting to visit, often with a mazelike set of corridors packed will all manner of stock from a wide range of suppliers. They’re so much nicer than the clinical feel of the large stores.

The street with the ironmongers

Olympus XA3 & Kodak Tri-X Pan (expired 2003 – shot at box speed and pushed a stop in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Negative damage

I’ve spoken a few times recently about the odd marks on this roll of expired Tri-X Pan. I believe it expired in 2003, although that’s really a best guess based upon the fact that it came with some rolls of other film which were all dated that year. Given its age I perhaps shouldn’t be too surprised that defects have appeared, although I’ve shot older film than this (and a number of rolls of this same film from the same batch) without issues, so it’s not necessarily a given fact.

Anyway, I’ve been editing the marks out of the pictures in Photoshop for the most part, but this one resisted my efforts – or at least to an extent that I was satisfied with any restoration that I’d attemped – so I decided to leave it as it is. I’ve not removed any dust spots and there’s even another defect at the left side of the frame where the negative took some physical damage, possibly as a result of my struggling with the curliness of it!

Despite the marks on the image, it quite works with the scene I think. It maybe adds a little character.

Marked

Olympus XA3 & Kodak Tri-X Pan (expired 2003 – shot at box speed and pushed a stop in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Southerly transmission

A photo from the archive today, made a couple of years ago back when we were under the first covid lockdown here in the UK. I’m pretty sure I’ve not posted this image before – I searched for the camera, film, and the words “pylon” and “power lines” and nothing showed up, so finger’s crossed.

I was going to post another shot from the curly expired Tri-X, but it was another frame with the odd marks and, given the nature of the scene, I couldn’t photoshop them out to my satisfaction so decided against uploading it.

Southerly transmission

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 & Fomapan 100. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8 mins @ 20°.

Taken on 27 April 2020

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Misty junction

A photo I took on a walk around Eckington just before Christmas.

Shortly before I took this photo, a day or so prior (it might even have been the evening before) one of my sons went to a birthday party held at a cricket club that is located about half a mile up the road on the left in this picture. It was extremely foggy on the evening – pretty much a wall of blankness in front of the car as soon as the streetlights were left behind. While I love fog as a weather condition where photography is concerned, I’m definitely less inclined towards it when it comes to night driving…

Foggy junction

Olympus XA3 & Kodak Tri-X Pan (expired 2003 – shot at box speed and pushed a stop in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Curly negs

I’m posting another photo from the roll of expired Tri-X Pan today. Again, it’s a scene form the Derbyshire County Council complex on the hillside at Matlock.

I’ve got a good few day’s worth of blog posts left in this roll yet, but I finished scanning the last of the frames today. And boy am I glad.

I had about a half-dozen rolls of the batch of film which I picked up from someone online. I don’t mind expired black and white film as it usually gives good results still, even decades past expiry, and this Tri-X Pan (produced before the “Pan” bit was dropped from the name) is no exception. Yes, it’s not perfect, and I have to make some compensation at the exposure or development stage, but on the whole the photos look nice.

One problem I’ve had with this roll has been a lot of marks on the negatives. At first I thought these were drying marks, but on closer inspection I don’t think they are. They have a different look to any drying marks I’ve seen on other rolls and I suspect the film has become compromised in some form, either because of its age, or possibly in my use of it. However, these marks have only appeared on this most recent roll, with no signs of similar defects on others that I’ve shot from the same batch. On the whole, they can be cloned out in Photoshop to an acceptable level too.

The main issue with this film though is it’s tendency to curl when removed from the cannister. It’s curly when loading it onto the spools for development, but upon drying it becomes so very much worse. It’s almost aggressive in it’s curliness. Letting it slip for a fraction of a second results in it springing into itself either as a neat, tightly rolled cylinder of film or, sometimes – particularly when I was cutting the roll into strips for storage – a messy viper’s-nest tangle of coils.

Getting the cut strips into the negative hoder for my Plustek scanner took a great deal of effort and an even bigger helping of frustration. In the end I had to don some cotton gloves as there was no way to set it in the holders without physically gripping both sides of the negatives and, even then, it was still extremely difficult to get them correctly aligned. I had a number of choice words to say as I attempted this, none of which are suitable for repeating here.

But now they’re all scanned, for better or worse, and I am glad of that. I’m not sure if I have any more of this particular batch of film left. There might be a roll in the freezer somewhere (I really need to carry out a stock-check on what I have in there!), but I’m kinda hoping there isnt. I think I’d rather pay the price of a brand new roll of Tri-X!

Levels

Olympus XA3 & Kodak Tri-X Pan (expired 2003 – shot at box speed and pushed a stop in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Architecture through winter branches

Another photo of the Derbyshire County Council complex at Matlock. There’s a very dark and moody look to the whole set, a combination, I think, of the metering on the XA3 trying to find the right exposure between scenes that consist of dark buildings and trees and much brighter foggy skies, and also my use of this roll of almost 20-years expired Tri-X Pan. Pushing the film a stop (while shooting at the 400asa box speed) to compensate for its age has also increased the contrast and grain. It’s a look I’m not unhappy with though.

Natural and unnatuaral structures

Olympus XA3 & Kodak Tri-X Pan (expired 2003 – shot at box speed and pushed a stop in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°

Taken on 18 December 2021