Experiments with film. Roll 30. Portraiture.

A colleague who has gone digital gave me an X-mas gift, the film she had left in the fridge. This included a single roll of four years expired Kodak Tri-X. Since that film is often recommended to beginners I had been wanting to try it on a special occasion to see what it was like.

Yesterday turned out to be a special occasion. I have wanted to try portraiture for a long time. But I have lacked a model. Well Doggie doesn’t mind, but he is a bit fuzzy on the edges. A group of friends came over to game, and I realized that people gaming around a table are within reach of the camera, and they make interesting faces.

Joel. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

Joel. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

John. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

John. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

Malin. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

Malin. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

Elin. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

Elin. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

The dim and uneven light challenged the light meter in the Chinon CE-4, and when I moved a light during a break it proved to be too much and the light got too strong in places, like in the following shot of Elin where she’s suddenly gotten a bright white mask.

Elin. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

Elin. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

Mutant Joel. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

Mutant Joel. Kodak Tri-X in Maco Ecoprint 1+50 for 30 min at 20C.

As I scanned the film today I realized that it would have been fun to have something around 80mm, to get a bit closer. 50mm was a bit too wide for most of the shots I wanted, but the next reasonably fast lens I have is 135mm. Which of course would have been awesome if I had wanted to collect pictures of my friends’ noses.

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