Taking Pictures of the Sky Again

M6TTL, 50 Hex, Neopan 400, D76 1:1

M6TTL, 50 Hex, Neopan 400, D76 1:1

M6TTL, 50 Hex, Neopan 400, D76 1:1

M6TTL, 50 Hex, Neopan 400, D76 1:1

M6TTL, 50 Hex, Neopan 400, D76 1:1

M6TTL, 50 Hex, Neopan 400, D76 1:1

I don’t ever seem to get sick of looking up.

One more . . .

M6TTL, 50 Hex, Neopan 400, D76 1:1

M6TTL, 50 Hex, Neopan 400, D76 1:1

Silk Shirt: Neopan 400, D76 and Fortuitous Mistakes

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These, and the photos in the preceding post, are from a couple of rolls of Neopan 400 developed in D76 1:1 for 6.75 minutes at 72F, which is a minute and 45 seconds less than the Fuji data sheet recommends. This wasn’t intentional. I misread the time/temp conversion chart. I seem to be doing this a lot lately, but in this case, it turned out fine, good enough, in fact, that I repeated the ‘mistake’ again this morning with two more rolls, although this time I went for 7 minutes – round numbers are easier to time.

Lately I’ve been biasing my exposures to the shadows more heavily than I have in the past, so between that and the under development, I’ve probably pulled the film a bit. Seems to be working for me. I’m also playing around with some new scanning techniques. More on that later.

For the record, these shots are actually Freestyle’s Legacy 400. Although the edge markings are slightly different, it seems to be Neopan 400. Mixed in with a roll of Neopan 400, the density came out identical to my eye.

SOFOBOMO: Leap of Faith

M6TTL, 50 Hex, TMY2, Xtol

M6TTL, 50 Hex, TMY2, Xtol

I’m starting over, scrapping the Paris photos and nearly completely rethinking my SoFoBoMo project. The Paris photos just weren’t working for me. I never quite like my own travel photos anyway. They always seem to have a momentum that belongs to someone else, as if the vacation is taking the photos instead of me. All the novelty of travel overwhelms my sense of my own style. I’m much more successful in a place I know.

So, vacation photos out, here photos in. The roll from the first half of this week has 20+ photos that I’d be happy to put together into a book. Hopefully I’ll find the balance of 35 on the half-shot roll in the camera. I should still be able to finish in time, but this reminds me of a university essay; three weeks fooling around, chasing tangents and banging my head against the wall, only to scrap the whole thing and rewrite in a fit of energy in the last few days.