Monday, April 03, 2006

Old Roll of Tri-X Part 1


Blogger micki said...

Things slow down a bit here on the weekends, so I’ll catch up quickly:

1) I was asked what kind of looks I get when taking shots like Saturday’s post…mostly looks of disgust or anger—which is kind of disheartening, especially in a small town. Wonder what that says about our society?
2) Yesterday’s photo was of colored straws in an empty clear glass setting on the floor. They were not cut, that’s how they came out of the box…kind of rough looking up close, eh? Glad I had you all stumped for awhile.
3) To bring everyone up to speed—from yesterday post: Something exciting to report. When my dad passed down his lenses to me last fall, there was an old roll of Tri-X in the bag. He didn’t remember how long it had been there. I hung on to it. I finally shot this roll last month and mailed it away to be processed. It took two weeks, but I got the prints back yesterday. I am tickled pink with the quality of that film. If that’s what the old film looks like, I can’t wait to see the fresh. This will be my new film of choice for my b&w use. What a range of latitude. I took some high contrast shots in early afternoon, and the exposure was fantastic. They also put a nice little white border around the prints…adds some character. So, I might post one of those tomorrow. I hope they scan in as well as they look.

These are the some of the first shots I took with the roll of Tri-X. I was down at the beach, waiting for the sun to rise. The fence shot (same fence from last week) was lit using the headlights from my van.

Konica Minolta 70 Kodak Tri-X 6 seconds f-8 Aperture Mode Sigma 70-300 zoom @ 70mm

The footprints are leading up to a gazebo that was built after Hurricane Isabel, as part of the fix up to the damage that was done to the beachfront. They are footprints left behind in some sand that had blown up on the walk.

10 seconds f- 22 Aperture Mode Sigma 24mm (It worked that morning)

The next shot is just a close up of the footprint.

1.5 seconds f-8 Aperture Mode Sigma 105mm

The last shot, I used a Styrofoam cup to create a vignette effect of the footprint to make it a little more mysterious.

2 seconds f-8 Aperture Mode Sigma 105mm

8:25 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Great contrast and composition on these shots! I enjoy reading your "steps taken" that you include as well. Nice job!

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Cool series of shots. As usual, the background on your shots was very interesting to read.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

I also like reading your posts as much as looking at them. Did I say that already? Anyway, these are great. No shortage of creativity in you camera bag.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Philotranpik said...

Nice work...too bad "we" get looks from other different are we really?
Anywayz...I very much enjoyed your series...and hands down for using Film i cant stress that enough...Amazin work!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

There's a great atmophere in these shots! Especially in the second - looks quite mysterious!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Micki I love reading how you go about your shots too. You inspired me take out my film camera this weekend. The other day you mentioned you took a internet photography course. I was inquiring about one the other day. I would love to hear your opinion on it. If you find a spare moment(I know how busy you must be) could you please email me at Thanks:).

12:02 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Great night shots here. I especially like how the lights were captured on the top left of the walkway photo.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Jide Alakija said...

I don't know much about black and white film, can you point me into an idiots guide to what the different types are and how they differ?

Really want to see if I can create a digital filter in photoshop that will create their responses.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

The track seems to me the one of a very great person...

1:18 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Almost a ghostly feel.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous johnh said...

gotta love that B&W

2:51 PM  
Anonymous lee said...

love the last one!

3:13 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Cool, I must try some Tri-X again.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous BobC said...

I enjoyed reading your story and those are some neat pictures you got there to go with it.

4:11 PM  
Blogger armadillo44 said...

Especially like the image of the fence. It almost looks like a negative image with the dark background and brightly lit foreground. Look forward to seeing more.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

Another cool post. I love the stories too Micki.

4:50 PM  
Blogger zedtee said...

Now, you're not bad yourself either... ;) I mean, you've got great photos here.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

These are great Micki!

I am a big fan of B&W.

The two in the middle seem a bit washed out at the bottom, (the bottom one not so much and the top one is superb) was that due to the lighting or the age of the film that you used?

7:14 PM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Great results from a old roll Micki! My children are 11 & 9 and are already asking me if they can have my camera gear when it's time to hand it over. Small heated arguments have taken place between them at certain times but then TV prevails and calms an otherwise hostile situation.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous david said...

great b&w shots Micki!

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Sinem said...

I really enjoy your stories - and obviously the photos they go with. Nice b&w series.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Great series, beautiful b&w!

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Wonderful shots. I used to shoot Tri-X many years ago and loved it.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Great results! Looks like an amazing film !

10:33 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

nice texture and tone...amazing how the smooth of surface and blening bt tone give a different feeling from digital photo...beautiful capture:-)

11:00 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

nice pictures:-) i like step marks.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Abe said...

Very fun shots. The vignetting is a nice touch. Great work!

12:05 AM  
Blogger H.O said...

I like this shot and always good result Tri-X when expired :)

2:38 AM  
Anonymous navin harish said...

Good images.

4:51 AM  
Anonymous emma said...

oh cool! i used to use HP5, but Tri-X looks cool. must get out my old film camera - just too convenient having digital!

6:36 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

That second image is especially nice - the lower perspective helps emphasize the leading lines of the walkway, and those bursts of light in the distance are an added bonus!

6:47 AM  
Blogger AnnaBlack said...

The footprints are very effective especially with B & W. Feels very eerie!

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Nice series Micki, i like the footprints.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Dia said...

Very nice, I must admit the footprints look a little bit creepy hihihi :)

6:34 PM  
Anonymous tad said...

good tonal ranges
one of my fav films of all time

2:42 AM  

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