Just a week ago I had a chance to go to a concert at my local pub and spontaneously I decided to grab a camera and a flash with me to practice shooting with flash. The film I used was Rollei RPX 400 pushed to 800, I specifically wanted black and white.
Now after I’ve developed and scanned whatever visible pictures I had on the roll, I want to share some of those. And what can I say about my flash experiment? None of the photos presented here were made with flash.
Except for the botched flash practice, I’m pretty satisfied with what came out. I’ve never shot a concert before, and I’m a little proud of myself. Though there is a ton of area for improvement. Especially that flash.
I had a couple of rolls sitting on my shelf for some time, and when I finally processed them several frames had these lines across the picture. At one point I blamed my camera, but then the effect would be consistent across multiple rolls, which was not the case. And then I heard guys on …
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Kodak Eastman Double-X 200
Boy, it’s been a long time! I don’t even want to check how long, the number wouldn’t matter really, it’s the feeling.
And it feels like forever since I developed a roll of film. It also feels good to be doing it again after all this time….
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I love video games. I don’t write about them here obviously but I’d say I love playing as much as taking pictures. Usually they compete for those bits of free time I get, and there’s no way I could do both at the same time. Unless I start taking photos in games, which is a thing of beauty on its own if you know how to do it properly, and I don’t. Moreover, my photography is mostly film and one would argue there’s no way you can both shoot film and play games.
I waste a lot of time doing things I shouldn’t be doing at the moment or at all. It may not be true for everyone but it is for me.
With so many things happening in life it’s almost a crime to waste time. Yet I find myself doing exactly that more often than I’d like.
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Today, April 30, is exactly 4 years since I moved to Israel from Russia. It was a great decision and a huge change both to my life and my photography.
And I’m back with the shots! As I said in the previous post, I took the risk and went for the development times for Rollei Retro 400S to process my Svema Foto 400 rolls in HC-110.
It was a bold move for me, as I’m not a seasoned film expert and all the guestimates are quite hard for me. The suggested time was 6:30 at 20 degrees and the results are right in front of you.
I must say I was pretty sure this wouldn’t ruin the film, the time is not critically long or short, so I expected to get something. The question was if it would be acceptable. Turned out really great in my opinion.
The film, as stated by Leslie Lazenby of FPP, dries flat and feels quite thin, but scanning was smooth without any issues in contrast to Rollei Retro 80S. Some of the photos were underexposed, but I blame the camera for this, as it’s done this already before with Kodak Tri-X. As for the contrast in the most of the pictures, I guess the dev time could be a little shorter, but it’s not over the top and I like the result. Another forum advice for this film-developer combo was to process it for 6 minutes, so maybe it wouldn’t be that contrasty, but anyway.
While searching for the receipt last week, I found an old forum thread where a person had exactly the same situation as mine. That was the thread I found the suggestions in but the funny thing was the direction the discussion took almost immediately. Instead of using the power of the collective mind and experience to help, people started arguing if this Svema film was the genuine stock from the original factory. Pretty soon they were talking about some Russian guys who sell the stock and whether you should buy it and stuff, someone posted pictures of the destroyed factory as proof that this Svema wasn’t the original and so on.
The stock has no indication whatsoever on the film itself, not even a frame number, so it is really a mystery what kind of film it is. And the FPP guys don’t really disclose their sources as far as I know.
But it doesn’t matter! I had fun shooting the film, and I’m pretty happy with the results and this is the most important part.
Next is Svema Color, so stay tuned.
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