Kodak TMax 400

Well, this summer kind of got away from me and so did my “Film of the Week” project. No excuses! Anyway, I’m back and this time I shot with Kodak TMax 400 film. TMax is like the staple film of most high school photography courses. Why? Mainly because it’s a very forgiving film, easy to develop and the end results are pretty good. A little about TMax 400. It’s a T-grain film. What is T-grain, you ask? It’s a tabular structure. Here is what Wikipedia says– In panchromatic emulsions, the sensitivity of the silver halide crystal is enhanced by sensitizing dyes that adsorb on the crystal…

Kodak 400TX (TRI-X)

Up this week is the iconic Kodak TRI-X film. Rated at 400 ASA, it’s a fast enough film to capture moving things so that’s probably why it was used so much in photojournalism. Kodak introduced the 35mm film in 1954 and word is that they introduced TRI-X sheet film in the 1940’s. Since I dug a little for Ilford’s history, I’ll do the same for Kodak. When you think of Kodak, if the name George Eastman and Rochester, New York don’t ring a bell, then you don’t know film. Eastman started making dry plates in 1878. Dry plates were a…

Month of Film – Part 3

My Month of Film has come to an end. I have to say that this was probably the most liberating month of shooting that I have had in years! No worries about anything digital except for scanning the negatives into the computer and editing my favorite images. I only used a few different films, Fuji Acros 100, Ilford FP4+,  and Ilford Delta 100 all developed in Ilford Ilfotec-DDX. The main thing I learned from this experiment was to take my time and think about what I was shooting. I made a point to look at shadows and light and also composition. To…

Ilford FP4+

Here we go! Week 1 of my Film of the Week series. I chose Ilford’s FP4+ because that’s what I had in the camera and right now it is my favorite film to shoot with. As I mentioned in my intro. post for the series, I will give as much information as possible about the film and also tell how I developed it. The camera and lens will always be the same – the Leica MP and the Voigtlander 35mm 1.4 Nokton Classic SC. So, how about a little history. In researching the beginning of FP4 film, I ran across…

Film of the Week

Well, it’s official, I am definitely obsessed with film now. I feel like I’ve gone back in time to when things were much simpler and you had to be a little more patient and a little more creative. I’ve done an article about developing black & white film in your kitchen and have devoted myself to just shooting film for the month of May. But there was something missing. I literally woke up in the middle of the night and decided I wanted to do a Film of the Week series. Crazy! There are a bunch of blog posts and…

A Month of Film – Part 2

I am now 2 weeks in to my Month of Film! I have to say that I am so invigorated and liberated doing this. I don’t even miss shooting digital in the least. For this update, I thought I’d talk about the camera I’ve been using the most and also the lenses, film, etc. At the end of the month, I will put up a slideshow of my favorite images from the month with as much technical stuff about each picture. A while back, I sold all of my DSLR equipment and bought some Fuji digital cameras, the X-T1, X-Pro…

Why the Fuji X-T1 is Now My Favorite Camera!

First off, this isn’t a review of the X-T1. There are plenty of those out there. This is just my view on shooting with this wonderful little gem. I’ve shot with Canon for the past 25 years and also Nikon but in the past few months, I sold all the Canon gear including the 5D MkII and several L series lenses and also I sold the Nikon D800 along with the Nikon 105 macro and Tamron 24-70. Do I miss that gear, absolutely not! I don’t miss hauling everything around in a giant Lowepro backpack and having neck cramps from…