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Pushing Tri-X

Shot at EI 1600. F*** the mid tones

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Re: Pushing Tri-X

Pushed 2 stops as before:

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Re: Pushing Tri-X

Remarkably fine grain though; in the first image at least.

How did you scan them?
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Re: Pushing Tri-X

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Remarkably fine grain though; in the first image at least.

How did you scan them?
The first definitely, ...chalk and soot. The 2nd ...I didn't look too close, but I'm definitely not adverse to grain. In fact I sometimes shoot half frame to accentuate the effect, to reduce the signal to noise ratio.

Both here are FF 135; Plustek 8200i scan using SilverFast.
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Re: Pushing Tri-X

If you really like film grain you could try processing it in a print developer like Bromophen. I'm not sure that it would work with Tri-X but it does work well with HP5, etc.
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If you really like film grain you could try processing it in a print developer like Bromophen. I'm not sure that it would work with Tri-X but it does work well with HP5, etc.
I'll try to remember that, thanks.

A week or three ago the topic of printing came up. I firmly believe the art of photography is incomplete without a print to look at with reflected light. But I'm afraid the digital world we live in has had a big, bad negative influence (as Donald might say).
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Re: Pushing Tri-X

Microphen was my choice of brew back in the day!

I didn't shoot nearly as much Tri-X as I did HP4 and HP5, and even some well out of date (honest!) HP3! FP4 was my usual choice, though. Even some Pan F from time to time.

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Microphen was my choice of brew back in the day!

I didn't shoot nearly as much Tri-X as I did HP4 and HP5, and even some well out of date (honest!) HP3! FP4 was my usual choice, though. Even some Pan F from time to time.

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Microphen being a fine grain developer, I believe. I'm currently using Agphotolab for development but I'm planning to get the D&P kit together as the Mrs has given me an amber light to get my act together (that's a positive change since her earlier views on home souping).
Choice between changing bag and pop-up film changing tent (smaller than the name suggests) has been on my mind, but I think the pop-up wins to overcome sweaty hands in a bag in close proximity. Sadly the pop-up has been out of stock for a few weeks already.
I hope to try a variety of film stock and a number of different developers too.
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Re: Pushing Tri-X

Oh, yes, the great smell of eye watering stop bath and fixer. Getting all hot and sweaty trying to put a film onto a damp reel. Forgetting to start the timer when you pour the developer in or check the temperature before/when you start. Plus the other 101 things that can and do go wrong. However, when it all comes together, there's nothing like the satisfaction you feel when you peel the film off the reel and look at the results. Well worth the effort!!

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Re: Pushing Tri-X

I have two changing bags; an ancient cotton one that I inherited from a photographic uncle, and a much bigger synthetic one that I bought about five years ago.

The cotton bag wins every time. The synthetic bag very quickly gets hot and sweaty even in wintertime. I also worry about static sparks from the synthetic material.

Does anyone still make cotton changing bags I wonder?
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I have two changing bags; an ancient cotton one that I inherited from a photographic uncle, and a much bigger synthetic one that I bought about five years ago.

The cotton bag wins every time. The synthetic bag very quickly gets hot and sweaty even in wintertime. I also worry about static sparks from the synthetic material.

Does anyone still make cotton changing bags I wonder?
This: https://www.ag-photographic.co.uk/po...ent-2575-p.asp is what i have in mind; no sweat, apart from the fact it's out of stock
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Does anyone still make cotton changing bags I wonder?
Good point, better than the ‘plastic’ types.
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This: https://www.ag-photographic.co.uk/po...ent-2575-p.asp is what i have in mind; no sweat, apart from the fact it's out of stock
It looks like part of that robot from the TV series Lost in Space (those of us old enough to remember it!!)
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It looks like part of that robot from the TV series Lost in Space (those of us old enough to remember it!!)
Yeah, great isn't it. As soon as it's back in stock I'll 'bag' one.
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Re: Pushing Tri-X

I do like that the black is black in these .. so many people are afraid of real black and want to "find and see" things in the shadows... I say let them be...

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