retired Kodak Technical Pan - So sharp, you can cut yourself!

I was told about this film, and I have resisted its temptation for quite a while.  One can easily pay $1 per photograph to enjoy it, and has to be rather selective even then, as they stopped making it some 12 years ago.  I have read many posts from photographers that said it was a difficult film, hard to expose, hard to process, hard to handle, well ... other said it was the best thing that happened to them (photographically speaking - at least I hope so).  I decided to give it a shot.  Loaded some in my Oly OM4, set the ISO to 25, and off I went to McHenry, IL ... a very challenging location in a middle of winter.  I developed it in Xtol 1:5 solution for 12.30 min @ 21C, and overall I was not disappointed.  Love the look!  (please excuse the photographs, it was more of a test) .  If you can get some hands it...try it.  As for me, I feel like Oliver Twist, "May I have some more, sir?"

Autumn Leaves - the Olympus OM1 Edition

Recently, I had some time to kill between two events on a beautiful Friday in Libertyville, IL.  Oly was already loaded with some Kodak Gold 400 film, and I thought it was a good opportunity to slap on the 135mm prime and go "hunt some orc."  Well, some flowers and leaves, anyway.  I attempted to look for some interesting combinations of color, pattern and shape.  I wanted to achieve a more intimate rather than a global look.  The film was developed and scanned by a lab in Kansas, and I was actually quite pleased with the quality of the scans.  Photos were processed in Adobe Lightroom.  

Trainy Texture

Photographs taken to show off the magnificent texture on the sides of many train cars resting at the Illinois Railway Museum.  Love the color, love the shape ...I hope you do too.  Hasselblad 500c, 80mm Zeiss T* lens, Kodak Ektar 100, C-41, Epson V550, Photoshop

Chicago Meatpacking district, Lakeshore & Wrigleyville

Yesterday, April 2nd ...was the craziest weather day ever.  It started with a decent sunrise, but it quickly disintegrated into a series of snowfall cells, wind, sunshine and snow (did I mention snow?).  We planned to visit various locations during the day, and we did not let the weather stop us.  Most of the the photographs were taken on Kodak Tmax 400 film (awesomest BW film ever) and expired Konica SR-G 160 for color on Hasselblad 500c with 80mm Zeiss Planar f/2.8 lens.  Developed at home with D76 1:1 solution.  I hope you enjoy some of them.  

Malmo through the lens of Bronica SQ-A

Another set of photographs from my quick trip to Sweden.  These were taken with my Bronica SQ-A medium format camera.  Film was 400TX pushed to 800 - classic look!  I love the contrasty, film noire feel to some of the images.  Malmo is a great city to photograph, with interesting combination of modern and older architecture, bikes, churches and people.

Kodak 400TX, D76 1:1 and Bronica SQ-A

This is test.  This is only a test.  I purchased two rolls of 400TX in 120 medium format, and thought I give D76 a shot (generally, I use Ilford) diluted 1:1 for a little extra kick.  I wanted to see how much sharpness I could get out of this combination, while still not having too much grain (I like some).  I shot in bright sun at 11am, for some nice contrast, in snow.  Most exposures were 1/250sec f/11 for sun, or about f/5.6 for images with indirect light / shadows.  I also wanted to see what kind of sharpness I could get with Zenzanon 80mm f/2.8 lens.  Overall, I think the experience was successful, and I may do this again.  Comments welcome.

Chicago in Winter with Yashica D & Verichrome Pan

I had a great opportunity to spend a day shooting in Chicago yesterday.  I brought together with me 35mm and medium format film cameras as well as digital.  I like them all in their own way.  I chose to shoot with some old Verichrome Pan film that I got on eBay for a good price.  They stopped making the specific film a decade ago.  I hope you enjoy this short selection of 8 images.

On a Sunday in Late December

I wanted to try and create some moody and emotional images on this drab and cold Sunday in late December.  I headed out for a drive in my northern Illinois neighborhood, and after a couple of false starts I ended up at a nearby park.  I have been here many times before, but I have only once before visited the old historic house and barn, and I thought that this would be a great place for a short photoshoot.  The 5 images I selected to show here seem work together for me.  The first two play around with the idea of looking into a room through a window, but they almost seem opposite as camera is close to the pane in one shot, and far in another.  In similar fashion, the nearby barn had in it an old farm implement, and I tried to create a similar opposing image there as well - one looking into the object from near, and one from the far, with the light source presented straight in front of the lens.  This seemed to have provided a dramatic effect.  The last image is a multi-exposure, to perhaps spice up the often ordinary photo of an old farmhouse.  I hope you like it, and if you do, please leave a comment.  Photos were taken with Bronica SQ-A, 80mm lens, Tmax 400 film, and photographs were developed in Ilford DD-X, post processed in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.