Tag Archives: Push-processing

Film #15


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Another black and white night film finished, push-processed at ASA 800 up from 400. Underexposed but with a few good results.

I consistently get the exposure wrong for night scenes, shooting around EV3-5; with a fast f/1.4 lens and a Kodak T-Max 400 shot at ASA 800 this should give me a comfortable minimum of 1/30s shutter speed to compensate for shaking. Yet looking at the negatives, most scenes on this roll required at least another stop to be properly exposed. As I’ve mentioned before though, it’s mind-boggling how much information is still in the negatives, and how much of it can be extracted by my mid-range Epson V600.

I like Midnight Hook-up for the empty atmosphere and corner romance; being underexposed is perhaps even adding to the picture here. Likewise, the sharp contract needed to pull anything from Piggyback fits with the blur and mood of the picture (this was not what some might call an artistic choice; I simply did not want to stop walking while taking the shot). Finally, I also really like Midnight Metro, and wonder if I did not get a fair amount of mood for free here by using an analogue camera.

Film #9


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Another film has been processed at the kitchen sink, this time a T-Max 400 shot at ASA 800 and accordingly pushed during development. With the 50mm f/1.4 this has given usable photos from low-light concert and night scenes.

To be honest, no photo in this set gets me really exited; there are a few cute ones but haven’t given more than 2 stars to any of them. Maybe this will have changed by the next time I look at them, but until then it doesn’t really matter because I remember having a great time shooting them: walking around the city at night is a sure way to get a glimpse of the romance seen in the famous photos from the 1920-30s!