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Shot on film: Kodak Tri-X | Plaubel Makina 67 | Nikkor 80/2.8

The most Iconic film: Tri-X. It is so iconic that brand new Leicas came with a roll of Tri-X. The film might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and it might not even be the best film, but many famous photographs have been shot on it. As a result, Kodak Tri-X is one of the films that I happened to have. For the black and white winter, I have to shoot at least a roll.

Kodak Tri-X

Camera settings: Internal light meter determined rough exposure, outdoors shots, including those with snow, were shot at 1/500s at f/11; indoor shots were at the lowest speed of 1/60 at f/2.8. I did not meter the scenes in the snow because the light reflection from the snow fools the meter.

I had planned a day off to ski in the mountains, but the plan was thawed by the ongoing blizzard conditions. As a result, the compromise was to head to Ikea, which I have not been in years. Well, except for that one time to eat their hot dog in Iceland, which we ended up with food poisoning. We did not get food this time.

A few days later, we did get our annual snow storm, and the city was paralyzed somewhat. I managed to capture some of snow on the side of the road, a view that’s not common in Portland.

Ah Tri-X. The shots came out great, but I do prefer higher contrast on HP5. But I’m not a usual BW film shooter, and I definitely prefer something much crunchier.

Date: Jan 10th, 2024.
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