A Dabble in Black and White

Here are a few more shots from my trip to France; these were taken as we wandered along another local bay at low tide, able to walk along the sea bed and explore some of the vast numbers of Oyster baskets that form the local Oyster farm, which were usually submerged. We then strolled over to the small Island, to which we would usually swim, where we sat and enjoyed the sunny afternoon.

I had wanted to try Black & White film for a while and after looking around I settled on two; the Kodak Tri-X 400 because of it’s renown for outdoor and low light settings as well as it’s contrast, and the Ilford Delta-100 which was supposedly an accomplished general purpose film. I’ve yet to try the Ilford, and took these shots with the Tri-X; I was pretty pleased with the outcome, although they really weren’t kidding about the contrast-which although gave the images a stark quality I liked, I did find it to be too much, having to edit the photos to reduce it. I used the Tri-X a couple more times over the course of the trip too and have yet to develop one of the rolls, so there will be more shots on here soon from that film.

From the images developed so far, I’ve definitely got the taste for B&W-I think it adds a beautiful dimension to the shots and I’ll be using it a lot more in the future, but I think the Tri-X is too contrasted for my liking so I’ll try the Ilford next and see how that comes out. Let me know if you’ve had any experience with B&W film and we can discuss it, I’ve got a lot to learn.

Anyway, enough technical rambling, here are the shots:

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Taken on Canon AE-1 Program using Kodak Tri-X 400 film (Black and White).

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  1. We used both Tri-X and Iflord in our newspaper shop. We’d switch to Iford when the Kodak product couldn’t be found. Both worked for us. I seem to remember the Ilford being finer-grained, but don’t hold me to that. If you get a chance, try pushing your ISO on a small roll. I don’t know if developers have the expertise to process that kind of thing now. I would hope so. It was fun to do. Made me realize that film was a canvas of sort, and could be played with. Black and white photography is pretty cool.

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