I am really enjoying shooting film and it is great fun experimenting with different film stock. I have used Kodak Ektar 100 colour film, Ilford’s classic FP4+ black and white film and thought it was about time to try the photographic legend, Kodak Tri X. This black and white film, first introduced in 1954, has been used to capture history as the medium of choice for intrepid photojournalists reporting from around the globe. More recently it became an integral part of the storyline of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and is still a firm favourite of many classic photography aficionados. So what is so special about this film? Well,it is quite fast at 400 iso but can be pushed to 1600 easily. This means you can capture great low light scenes without a flash. It also gives good contrast making it ideal for the photojournalist who wants an arresting image for a newspaper. I chose to shoot the film at the standard box speed of 400 iso but may well try pushing it on another occasion. Pushing the film gives a bit more of a contrasty, gritty look.
So earlier in the year I loaded up my Nikon F65, which I had recently purchased from eBay, and set out on a maiden voyage. My youngest daughter Esther grabbed my old digital SLR and we set off for a walk and to take some photos. I shot half a roll of film or so and Esther logged up about ten times that on the digital camera! I then put the Nikon film camera away and got it out again on a trip to the Austrian Alps, not developing the film until a few days ago. I’m quite pleased with the way the photos came out. I sent the film off to Ag photolabs to be developed and scanned. Everything looked pretty good. I did however slightly tweak the levels in the scans as they didn’t seem quite as well balanced as the scans from Ilford or Photo Express. Here are a few of the photos.