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Pushing Film

These were taken using Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to ISO 3200 on the Voightlander R2A with a 40/1.4 Nokton and all shot on aperture priority to see how the camera coped with pushed film and TTL metering.

The processing was for 17 minutes in TMax Developer at 20 degrees, a water stop and Ilford Rapid Fix for 4 minutes.

The film came out feeling almost as thin as cling wrap it had been developed for so long and with so much contrast that the pictures are completely Black and White with little grey or shadow detail at all.

I think pushing this film so far is probably a bit too much for Tri-X and 1600 is about as far as you may want to go. Also, TTL tends to meter too high for good shadow density and so it needs to -1 adjustment on A setting. I did use the aperture lock on many of the pictures to meter to the shadow – but perhaps the over pushing made this redundant.

I took two films at 3200 – one in Sri Lanka at night and one in Hong Kong in the day and so the triptych is of our son Cassius in our home in daylight and the one of the elephant is in a temple in Colombo at night with no light on the elephant and bright spots in the background of the temple.

Whether this is too far to push this film or not – I still love the images and the character of Cassius in these pictures.

Leave comments please – if you have thought, experiences or ideas about pushing this film or film in general.

Posted by simon on April 10, 2011
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  1. 04/11/2011
    Darlena Fahrenkrug

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