Sunday, November 4, 2012

In Praise of Tri-X and Rodinal

The more I shoot with this combo the more I fine-tune it and get some really nice results. I shot a roll in my little Nikkormat EL, mostly with a 50mm f/1.2 AIS or 28mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8 a couple weeks ago and I'm really happy with the photos. The meter was set to 200 and I developed it in Rodinal 1:50 @68F for 9 minutes. This part of the roll was a contrasty day at a local cemetery Meagan and I like to wander:

The other half of the roll was taken in Waycross during a visit with Meagan's family. Here's a few snapshots, indoors, mostly at f/2 on the 50mm:

Not bad for 35mm film and a 400-speed emulsion. Available-light photography has never been easier. In truth, I do wish I could get the full 400 ASA from Tri-X, but the tonality and feel from Rodinal is superb. I just ordered some more XTOL (mine went bad) so I might try XTOL again with Tri-X. In previous trials it was pretty harsh and had too much contrast, so I'll have to tweak my dev times.

In other news, I'm on a roll with posts this month.

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