Kodak Tri-x 400
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Kodak Tri-x 400
While out shooting for my Land of Blood series I like to take some colour snapshots of the ares I’m photographing. With our country in drought at the moment, this image helps to sum up the difficulties our poor farmers are currently facing.
I recently bought a Zero 2000 Deluxe 6x6 pinhole camera from Zero Image - a pinhole camera craftsman in Hong Kong. It comes boxed and numbered with a hand-signed card, all adding to create a feeling of receiving something very special. The wood itself is warm and looks very inviting.
I shot a test roll of Arista 200 around the farm as I tend to do for testing. There's never a lack of things to photograph there. I use an iPhone app called Pinhole Assist to get my readings, as it matches up known cameras and films, and also takes into account reciprocity, which with Arista films is quite significant.
Development was done in Caffenol CH. My negatives came out with streaks all over them, seems like I possibly hadn't quite dissolved my coffee completely in the final stage. I don't mind it on these, but it's not a mistake I want to make without intending to, and I would have preferred a clean test roll to really see what the camera is doing, but these things happen even when you've been shooting and developing film for years. It's easy to get a bit too complacent so I've learnt my lesson (I hope!). But I'm liking what I'm seeing so far. SO much that I also treated myself to his bigger brother; the 6x7 multiformat. That's next to test!
I recently bought a lot of 3 original Diana cameras from South America and got to test them. The one with the best lens has a permanent light leak which I can't find the source of (naturally!) but the others are fine and still work very well. They all have a very unique look and are a lot of fun to use. The cameras are probably from somewhere around the 60's though it's very hard to tell as the design remained the same throughout it's production.
Diana 1: Tri-X400 developed in Rodinal 1:25 because I was in a hurry!
Diana 2: Tri-X 400 developed in Caffenol CL semi-stand. this was a bit of an experiment with process as I hadn't developed Tri-X in Caffenol and had read many people saying it didn't work well. I found a process that was recommended at http://caffenol.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/and it didn't turn out too badly. I'll probably choose Rodinal in future specifically for Tri-X though, but it was very much useable.
This is the camera with the light leak. I patched it up somewhat in Photoshop in these ones, but more of the images just didn't work well because of it.
Diana 3: Tri-X 400 developed in Rodinal 1:50 (my usual)
I think I may have found a new obsession! I could quite easily shoot with nothing but the Holga at this point, I'm just loving it. Portraits may have to be tried soon!
Barwon Grange is an old National Trust property in Geelong. It's a fascinating place with an interesting history and is great to visit. The tour guides are very friendly and knowledgeable, definitely a place to go see if you have a spare Sunday afternoon!